How to be the Best Boss Through a Global Pandemic

Do you find it difficult to keep your team engaged and motivated whilst facing covid restrictions?

Whether you’re in lockdown, or working at limited capacity, I know this has been a super hot topic… especially for those in New Zealand or Australia, as this side of the world is now facing the ongoing consequences of a covid resurgence.

There’s certainly a fine line. As the leader of your Salon, you want to keep your team as motivated and accountable as you can, for the sake of both them and your business! But you also want to be a #bestboss; someone who shows they care, and empathises with the different journey of each team member.

And as with any fine line, this one is a tricky tightrope to balance. Luckily, today I’m chatting with someone who has found the perfect balance.

Stevie English, from Stevie English hair in Sydney, is a living example of what it looks like to lead a team to success through the ongoing effects of Covid 19. 

In this episode, Stevie will share his story of successfully engaging his team of twelve plus during the 2 months of lockdown that Sydney has already faced, and why he continues to have a positive attitude going forward.

Listen in now to glean all of Stevie’s best advice… that I know will inspire you in more ways than one.

7 Crucial Activities to Move the Needle in Lockdown

Are you currently in lockdown?

So many salon owners that I know have had to either cut back hours or even worse- close their salons. What I’ve realised, during this difficult time, is that we need to try our very hardest to make the best out of the ‘worst’.

We have been forced to take a step back from working ‘in’ our businesses, which I see as a crucial opportunity to work ‘on’ your business instead.

Fill your days, where you can, with productive activities that will continue to move the needle in your business, even if you can’t actually have the doors open for trading.
Because as a salon owner, it’s your job to keep things moving forward in your business and try as hard as you can to keep things running smoothly (while chaos ensues around the world!)

In this episode, I’m going to share with you the top 7 things you should be working on right now, behind the scenes, to really focus on doing the things you CAN do during this time… rather than those you cannot.

Conquering the Fear of Becoming a ‘Salon CEO’

If you’re anything like me, then it will have been your passion for hairdressing that inspired you to open your own Salon.

You went from your Apprenticeship, to working in a Salon as a stylist, to owning your own Salon.
Now, you suddenly have all of these business responsibilities, with no formal business training! Even though you own your own business, the thought of being a “Salon CEO” is a little scary, because that feels like a whole other ball game.

It’s so easy to question yourself- Do I have what it takes? How will I know what to do? Will I enjoy this role?

I get it. But what if I told you that it is possible to make the transition from owner/operator to Salon CEO successfully… even if you feel like you can’t (to begin with)?

In this episode, I’m chatting with Abbie Tong. After owning her salon So You Hairdressing for 6.5 years, Abbie successfully made the transition off the floor in order to become the CEO of her salon. She will share how she reached success after the difficult journey she faced, and how you can too.

Salon Ownership: Dreams vs Reality

The reality of running a salon: is it what you originally envisioned?

It was always a dream of yours to own a Salon, but now that you have achieved this, the reality is that things aren’t always perfect! Relate?

I know how it can feel. You’re so close to living that ideal life you always dreamt of, 

but everyday dramas just keep cropping up and getting in the way! All of a sudden, the dream feels further and further away.

In this episode, I’m chatting with someone who knows this feeling all too well. Having faced a house fire, brand new babies to juggle, team walkouts, and hiring troubles, Mia De Vries has experienced the reality of owning a Salon, and just how far from the ‘dream’ it can sometimes feel…

After owning her salon for 16 years, Mia then founded an online education business called The Secret Fox.

Listen in now as Mia shares how she led her Salon to success, got her dream life back on track… and most importantly, how you can do the same.

Suite Rental Salons vs. Team-Based Salons

It’s no secret that suite rental salons are becoming more and more popular. As a Salon Owner, you probably already know this.

Now, I know it may appeal to many, but is it more beneficial than having your own team?

This is something I get asked a lot by Salon Owners… it’s confusing to know which option is right for your Salon!

So, I wanted to chat with someone who could shed light on this question and give their honest answer to it, to help Salon Owners know if ditching team-based Salons is the right choice.

Jason Everett currently runs the ‘High-Performance Salon Academy’ in America, where he works with many Salon and Beauty companies across the world.

In this episode, Jason will share with you his amazing insight on what works, and what doesn’t in both salon suites and team-based salons, so you can feel confident in which option is best.