Succeed in Owning Your Own Salon Studio

It's a new year and that means new resolutions. Perhaps you have always dreamed of opening your own salon, but aren't sure exactly where to start. No worries, there are lots of ways to experience the freedom and benefits of salon ownership—one of which is to open a salon studio. If you think you have outgrown your current situation and are ready to be your own boss, take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate the successes of your own. So ask yourself the following questions: Am I ready to be my own boss? Do I have a loyal clientele that will follow me wherever I go? Am I ready to take the next step in my career?

The key to "surviving and thriving" in this environment is to set goals, invest and stay motivated. One successful stylist who took the plunge and made her salon ownership dreams a reality is Kim Bennett Horvath, who has owned and operated her Sola Salon Studio business, Kim Bennett Studios at Sola Salon Studios Centennial successfully for 10 years.

"In any business if you do not have a system in place to create your own culture, you will not succeed," explains Horvath. Based off her own experiences, she shares her tips to succeed in owning your own studio.

Partner with successful brands. When you're on your own, you want to choose a professional brand that can offer education, business building guidance and global recognition, even if you're a one or two chair salon. "That's why I partnered with Sola and John Paul Mitchell Systems," shares Horvath. "I knew I would be in good hands—these partners were able to give me guidance on setting up my own systems."

Retail Sales. Retail is a great way to jump-start your business. It's important to create an intimate setting for customers to talk about products, and for you, the stylist, to teach them how to use them at home. Sola offers a great retail move-in bonus to kick-start your retail business, which you should make sure to take advantage of. "I set up my retail sales as my business partner," notes Horvath. "I track its growth and what it does for my business." The idea is to treat retail as a additional entity to your overall business model.

Common sense is not common knowledge. Ask your clients for referrals and to buy products. If you don't ask and tell, your clients will never know what else goes into your business. Clients often don't understand that retail, referrals, etc., help to keep your business growing, so let them know. Horvath comments, "Your clients want you to be successful. When you're small, you can take advantage of that relationship because they are very willing to help you succeed".

Consultation. Take advantage of the intimate setting to build a relationship with your clients—ask lots of questions. People are more open to talk about the wants and needs of their hair and also about their lives when they are in an intimate setting, with no interruptions. Also, it is important to be a good listener and always be professional.

Freedom. Freedom attracts people to Sola, but be careful not to end up a slave to your customers and your books. Create a system so your customers know what your hours are, etc. Set a schedule and stick to it.

Pre-booking is key. You want to make sure your clients are pre-booked because you don't have a receptionist to help take appointments while you are with other customers. At the end of an appointment, clients can book their next appointment...and of course, buy your products.

About Sola Salon Studios

With 16 locations in Florida, and 220 locations nationwide, Sola Salon Studios takes pride in being the most well-established, fastest-growing salon studio concept in the country. As the recognized industry leader, Sola provides nearly 5,000 salon professionals around the country with premium, fully equipped salon space to own and operate their individual boutique salons. What's more, Sola offers the freedom and benefits of salon ownership without many of the risks and costs associated with owning a traditional salon. www.solasalons.com

About Kim Bennet Horvath

Kim Bennett Horvath's passion as a hairdresser has taken her on a journey through the beauty industry for over 23 years. As a Senior National Educator for Paul Mitchell for the past 20 years, she was one of the first Artistic Color Coordinators chosen to help launch Paul Mitchell's own color line over 10 years ago. Kim launched the first Paul Mitchell Focus Salon when opening Kim Bennett Studios at Sola Salons over 10 years ago and became the first to receive the Paul Mitchell Focus Award in 2012.