How I grew my business without driving myself insane

 
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I’m a mom to a four year old boy, newly salon owner, social media influencer and I work behind the chair 6 days a week.  At times I don’t even know how I remember to wipe my butt when I’m done using the washroom. Yet somehow I manage to do it all and still make time to bake banana bread with my son. If you're an aspiring entrepreneur or newly Boss Babe here are 6 tips I have for you to keep in mind while you are growing your new business.

1. Compromise

The first step to owning your own business is to realize that there simply is no such thing as BALANCE - but to COMPROMISE. In order for your business to succeed you need to cradle it, nourish it & literally have it attached to your nipple like its your new born baby.. Of course that will take up all your energy leaving no time for friends, social life & date nights.  You will need to  RE-THINK, RE-ARRANGE & RE-EVALUATE your time. Even if it means skipping out on friends birthday parties or dinner dates with mutual friends. Become more aware of whats worth your time and energy. 

2. Surround yourself with inspiring like-minded people.

You know the saying, “You become who you hang out with.”  Your circle of friends will have the power to raise you up or bring you down. To reach my goal I knew I couldn’t be going out every weekend or have Friday night dates. I had to find a circle of friends where it would allow me to have a social life but my brain could also be stimulated with new ideas.

3. Wake Up And Go To Bed At The Same Time Each Day

Of course having a 4 year old makes it a lot easier for me to wake up and go to bed at the same time each day. You’ll feel more awake and energized throughout the day and you’ll also fall asleep easier and sleep better at night. Most importantly, a consistent sleep schedule creates routine & discipline.

4. Support System

I most certainly could not have traveled and have been able to open a salon without my support system.  My fiancé has sacrificed a lot for me to be able to be where I am today & my mother in law is always there to watch her grandson on the weekends.

5. TIME BLOCK

Working behind the chair in the salon 6 days a week got super tiring, I took a few steps back so I could manage the salon & help build my team and the salon. I started TIME BLOCKING my schedule to make sure that I was not taking on clients. Monday's are for inventory count, Costco run’s & errands. Friday's are taken off so I can continue to do collaborations, network & the creative side of my business.  

6. SET GOALS

When I First started doing hair almost 8 years ago I landed a job working in a mall salon. I knew it wasn’t where I wanted to be and that I wanted more out of the career I had chosen. I used to flip through Salon Magazine and Modern Salon and wondered how did those stylist end up on there or how do they win these awards.  In 2010, I created a vision board to remind myself of my goal- having something visual is a great reminder and self motivator. On it had a list of things one in particular said “WIN A CONTESSA AWARD”. Fast forward to 2017 I received the Contessa Award along with 6 prestige Canadian Hair Awards. I am a strong believer in setting goals and “If you don’t know where you’re going you’ll end up somewhere else.”

If you can incorporate these 6 habits into your daily life to stay motivated for the present - I without a doubt know you’ll excel and won’t drive yourself crazy while doing it.

Josie