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7 Successful Tips for Salon Education

January 29, 2013

Education is one of the differentiating factors that separates the best from the rest. So set yourself apart, seek out only the best programs and trainers, and be sure to align yourself with vendors who meet your education criteria and have your success in mind. Consider the following tips when contemplating your education strategy:

shutterstock_ssm1. Establish an overall education plan for your salon, a personalized training plan for each employee, and a separate one for yourself (allocating up to one third of the overall salon education budget for yourself).

2. Ensure your entire team attends all relevant in- salon classes, product knowledge sessions, retail programs, local and vendor tradeshows, and any other technical, motivational and/or personal development courses you have scheduled for your salon.

3. Check with your local business development board, as well as your city, regional and provincial governments for business building education, coaching, job security and job creation programs to determine what you may be eligible for. Then take full advantage of all possible loans, subsidies and tax credits.

4. Seek out an independent business coach or a salon/spa consultant to review your business. You will receive an unbiased, non brand-related opinion on how to improve your business and a custom made support program to help achieve your training goals.

5. Join your local chamber of commerce to meet fellow business owners, network and learn about local development programs that your business can benefit from.

6. Include your front desk staff in all business and marketing seminars, retail courses, vendor related programs and in-salon trainings. It is surprising the impact this can have on your business growth as well as your team building efforts.

7. Professional competitions are a great way to motivate your employees to keep their knowledge and skills current.

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