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October 26, 2010


A second ago, I read your interesting and well advised post titled “I Want To Open My Own Shop” and had to send this comment with a question.  I have always wanted to own my own salon and be independent.  For the past 9 years, I have worked to build someone else’s salon business into a thriving success.  Finally, I have the courage and finances to go out on my own.  Nine years is a long time and I wish that I would have made the move sooner.

My boss has been great over the years and has given me managerial responsibilities with bonuses.  But she is going to have a cow, when I tell her next week, especially because two of her best stylists want to go with me.  I’m nervous!  But excited at the same time.  Any suggestions?

Shantay – Alabama


After nine years of hard work, you deserve to have your dreams come true.

You have nothing to apologize for.  Your boss is better off today because she hired you, trained you, and mentored you.  You can leave with you head high.

It is very easy to leave a salon and find fault with the way that business was run, the owner’s personality, and even your fellow workers.  Don’t get caught on that slippery slope by talking trash about your previous workplace.  When asked by customers why you left, be positive when describing your dream, and don’t bring up negative aspects about your salon or owner.

If your associates leave as well, that is their decision.  Be sure to make it clear to them, (and perhaps your current salon owner) that it was not your intent to steal them away.  Apparently, they want a change as well and they will have to sort that out with the owner.

Good luck.  That is what’s great about living in Canada and the U.S.

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