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Old 01-02-2006, 06:15 AM   #41 (permalink)
 
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Re: Ten basic tips to opening a salon.

Here is my reasoning behind using female employees. I agree that naturally guys are better at sales. However if you have a great employee training manual, regular sales training classes, and a marketing program (price structure ) that is easy to sell the female employee will be great at sales.

Yes this business is driven by 80% female tanners. Women do not want to worry about wearing makeup, being hit on or having a guy touch them when being sold lotions. The success of this business is based on communication, women communicate best with other women. Women do not hate women. Women are loyal and less likely to steal. Women present less sexual situations. When men come in to tan they would rather be sold by a female. So when you break it all down it is best to have females selling females just like at a makeup counter at a department store. The salons I open are among the top producing salons in the country. Except for the owners all employees are female.

I believe that everything you do has a positive or negative effect on the business. Doing nothing will always have a negative effect. Everything else must be evaluated to determine which is the best way to go. I would never suggest that what I believe is the only way. However I can predict with great certainty the results that will come from what I suggest. Success is just as easy to achieve as failure. Having a solid proven plan that evaluates every aspect of operating a salon will always create the best results.
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Old 01-12-2006, 01:32 PM   #42 (permalink)
 
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Re: Ten basic tips to opening a salon.

My boss wanted to send me to some symposium Feb 18th-20th....that's all I got before 1st crisis of the day hit!!!! Anybody have any details or do i have to wait til she appears again?
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It almost sounds like most of the posters are suggesting that only tanning salons require so much planning and money. If businesses where easy to open and operate everyone would own their own business. If you are going to be a business owner of any kind, be prepared have a proven plan and proper funding and your chances of success will be very good. It takes a lot of effort but in the end it is worth it.
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Old 01-27-2006, 06:55 AM   #44 (permalink)
 
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Re: Ten basic tips to opening a salon.

salons are opening up like crazy and also closing like crazy ... and i think the ones that are opening and closing shortly after are the people that didnt think they were going to have to put sixty to eighty hours a week into it ... to make it successfull that first two years i think you have to be there as much as possible or it will never make it ... your employees will never be as energetic and outgoing to a customer as you will be and this whole business is based on referrals so if you cant spend a good part of your life at the store it is def. not for you!!!
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I work 80 hours a week and have now for 5 monthes
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Re: Ten basic tips to opening a salon.

I would listen to Steve Underhill...I have known him since he was with Puretan and he is a very smart man. The first time i went to buy beds, he taught me alot. I have been sucessful for 16 years because of people like him that took the time with a "small" salon owner...I have since owned 6 salons and now have only 2 with 27 units total!! And Steve...if you don't remember me, PM me and I will respond!
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Would you recommend opening a Franchise vs. your own? I know you end up paying the royalties but then having the backup to help advertise and set you up with training might be worth it.
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This a great post. Thanks for all the wonderful advice. I am thinking of opening my own salon later in life and this has given me a lot of things to consider.
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where's number 12?!?! I must be blind..


or maybe it just wasn't numbered... lol
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