Thursday, February 25, 2016

Two Heads are Better Than One

Runs Businesses with Scissors


I have noticed as a long time business owner that I need to know how to do a little bit of everything. I need to make sure every aspect of my business is running smoothly, so it's up to me to not only be a skilled hairstylist, but to also be skilled in

  • business management
  • bookkeeping
  • marketing
  • human resources
  • financial operations
  • inventory
  • communications
  • licensing etc.
This is why it's so important to diversify your skills, while continuing to hone your specialty skill.

For me, my specialty skill is hairstyling. As a business owner, over the years through trial and error and shear determination it turns out I have developed many complementary skills that have helped my businesses be successful.  One of the best decisions I ever made was to hire myself a business consultant many years ago.  My consultant has guided me through many trials and tribulations, successes and failures, celebrations and losses.

As artists and entrepreneurs, we often excel in our passion, but we also need to develop these other business skills to ensure our success. Without proper business management, bookkeeping, marketing, etc, a business cannot succeed, regardless of how passionate you may be.

Promotion


After decades as a business owner, I have enjoyed consulting with my consulting clients and I am eager to share my knowledge with others, which is why I'm offering a promotion to my consulting clients!

Refer a friend, and after they come in for their first consulting session, both of you will get 50% off your next session!

February is the month of love, so show some love to yourself, your business and a fellow business pal. The two of you can grow your businesses together!

Client Corner


This month's Client Corner is showcasing Kelliane Parker:

Kelliane is co-founder of Time To Go Social. TTGS is a boutique social media and digital marketing agency serving small, independent businesses. Kelliane has spent the last 2 decades providing education and support to small, local businesses. Her company specializes in teaching small businesses how to successfully run their own social media and digital marketing. She and her business partner, Julie Mitchell do this through workshops or one on one consulting, personalized to each individual business needs. Whether you need to build an editorial calendar, set up Hoot Suite or just learn about engagement and social listening, they have a solution for your business needs.

Check out Time To Go Social at  www.timetogosocial.com

Q&A


Question:


How do I avoid burnout now that I have my dream business but it feels like a bit of a nightmare? Help, help, help!!

Answer:


First, pat yourself on the back for admitting that you are feeling fed up and overwhelmed by wearing all the hats of a business owner.  Take a deep breath and give me a call to tell me about your situation.  Together we can create a plan to get you back to your love affair with your wonderful business.  The plan may look different to what you expect but then again doesn't your business look different to how you expected?

You do not have too do this alone.

Call or email now. You can reach me at 510-545-2955 and suzanne@suzannevanhouten.com.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Love is in the Hair

Valentine's Day is around the corner. Ti's the day we celebrate love.  Whether you have a date or not,
it is a good day to try a new "do".  Have you planned what you're going to wear to your romantic date night out or your night in? How are you going to do your hair?


Trends of the Season


This season's trend is asymmetry. Try a one-sided hairstyle this Valentine's Day!


Low Side Bun



Loose Side Braid


Side Swept Curls



Question of the Month

Question:

If I put coconut oil on my hair, will it fix my split ends?

Answer:

The only solution to split ends is a haircut. So schedule an appointment for a haircut today!

Client Corner

One of my recent clients wanted a hair transformation.  We took her from black to purple, purposefully leaving her roots black.  It took over three hours to lighten and then dye her hair purple.

Check out these pictures of her that she sent to me with lots of thumbs up from her friends and family!



February Promotion

Framesi's Color Lover will make your hair color last longer. Avoid the color fade with Color Lover! Plus, it's vegan and cruelty-free! Take advantage of this promotion!


HairQueen News

January knocked me off my feet.  The day before I flew to Dallas for my father-in-law's 80th birthday the hot water heater in my business died.  We went from hot to tepid to cold before noon.  This was a test of patience, resilience, flexibility and faith.  I had a full day of clients as did my boutique mates.  We soldiered on whilst my assistant, Lorenzo tracked down a hot water heater repair service and we made arrangements to have the heater replaced the next day. I had a flight at 9.30 am and the repair service was there at 8.00 am as promised to replace the heater.  

This is the life of the small business owner.  The trickster reminding us to have a plan for the unexpected, the dollars to cover the costs, and the willingness to delegate and ask for help.

What is your plan, how do you navigate the waters of uncertainty?

Do you need help, guidance, suggestions for your own emergency preparedness?  Perhaps it is time to work on your business whilst in your business.  Need help? Let's talk.

Feel free to contact me through phone or email: 510-545-2955 or suzanne@suzannevanhouten.com