Talking with a new client the other day she asked me whether anyone else was saying their salon was feeling a bit wintery, a bit drab, a bit tired and some what sluggish.
It struck me that our bodies can be paralleled to our businesses, or if you like the other way around. When was the last time you detoxed your business? Have you ever thought to flush out the toxins naturally and safely from your Salon? What about doing a detox of your management style and systems… could your Salon spending go on a diet? Are you actually spending your profit on the right things for your business and you? Do you really need that new pair of shoes or boots, or could the money go to getting the outside of your salon water blasted and freshened up with a lick of paint?
We can all probably relate to our bodies being a bit sludgy, slow and downright tired – you know that feeling we as business owners know too well as the staleness of the same old day in day out and in need of a good long holiday to recharge the batteries and freshen up. We know there is a definite need to purge our system of the sapping toxins and bugs that plague us when we don’t look after ourselves as well as we should.
So here’s the point, I thought hell… if we need to do a detox of our bodies regularly (and we should!) then we really should do the same for our businesses.
I challenge you to ask yourself… does MY business need a detox? Could it do with a new diet and shape? Maybe it just needs a minor clean up or a major cleanout?
I would argue that ALL businesses could benefit from a check-up and a detox of sorts… from being maybe a little stale, bloated and weary to the very unfit, sludgy and almost needing some form of hospitalisation to nurse it back to good health. A little dramatic I know, but think about your business… on a scale of one to ten where would you rate it for healthiness? One meaning get me to the hospital quick, and Ten being it could run two marathons in a row because it’s very healthy and at the top of its game?
If you’re having troubles establishing an accurate health rating for your Salon try measuring it against these four areas below…
There you have a good start on detoxing your Salon…. you decide what sort of detox you need, is it a quick simple cleanout that tweaks your systems and improves your bottom line or do you need a full detox program where you analyse all aspects of your clinic with view to cleaning out, refreshing and improving all the functions to create a higher performing unit.
I bet if you take a long look at what you do as a whole, there will be areas that could and should be improved. Don’t just take it all on yourself, get the team involved and make it a fun day of brainstorming about where you could improve and how you are all going to contribute to the improvements. You’ll all have a new lease on your working life and your clients will love you for it and reward you with increased spending and loyalty. So what are you waiting for?
If you’re still unsure how to get your detox started book in for your personal Salon health check NOW!
This post was written by Malcolm Gibbons from Salon Business Coach, The Salon Business Coaching Company. Shock Consult helps salon owners around the world get more from their business by education, motivation and accountability. Book your free consultation call to get your business moving in the direction YOU want.