Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Young Beautician Seeks Mentor

April 14, 2015

Dear Cathy: 

I am a young beautician.  I am currently running my business out of my home but would like a mentor so I can take the proper steps to grow my business into my own line of beauty or barber shops someday.  What do I need to know about this type of business?  Help for young beautician, Cleveland, Ohio

Dear Young Beautician:

First look for a mentor in your family.  Are there any business owners?  Then look for business groups especially Chambers of Commerce that caters to youth entrepreneurs who can match you up with others who already have these types of establishments. 

Recognizing that you need a mentor is a crucial first step to becoming a successful business owner so don’t be afraid to ask others to mentor you.  The next step you need to take is to make short range and long range goals to open your own beauty shop.  It’s great to start off at your home but eventually you need to branch out.  You can start out by working for other beauticians before you get your own place.

Think outside the box!  Instead of opening just a regular beauty shop you could open a school (4 to 5 chairs in the back of your shop) for young and upcoming beauticians and/or barber shop owners; Sell beauty supplies on the side in your business; and write a book and give workshops on the proper way to take care of hair.

The goal is to keep traffic coming in and out of your shop so you will have a steady line of customers so think about placing a community bulletin board in your shop with entrepreneurship and job opportunities especially for young people.  

All of the above will look good to potential angel and private investors who could be family members, friends, neighbors or others.  You can learn more about how to set up a successful business by reading “How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide To Starting Your Own Business” which includes every step you need to take to set up a successful business.

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