In May of this year, I found myself torn between family who needed me due to someone we love being on hospice, and my job. I left my position due to family obligations, didn't return to my position due to some major management issues that did not look like they would be resolved. Thats for another post titled, Have you ever worked with an idiot!
After my family issues were dealt with I re-opened my studio to keep my clients maintained and happy until I figured out where I was going to settle.
A friend approached me with an apartment for rent, it was being renovated, and the opportunity to rent it was available. I thought about it, talked with family and friends and decided to go for it. The location is great.
Since the decision I was given 3 dates to move in. Sept. 15th, Oct. 6th, then Nov. 1st. I expected a delay with the first date. Found myself a bit annoyed with the second date. I am totally perturbed with the third deadline missed. There are no walls, floors, lights, or anything in the place yet. I requested a lease, which I never received.
The dates I was given prompted me to open a bank account and change my address. I set up a phone account so I could make business cards and brochures with the new number. I ordered all the back up color etc I would need to start up. I have business plans with numbers in motion, being filled, with growth potential, and what I can hope & expect to grow into, in time. I have employees waiting for employment.
This week, after deciding I am tired of working out of boxes, and waiting for this move. I arranged everything in my studio and I am going to expand it further into my home. I now feel I want to invest what I planned to invest into the shop into my home.
Our busy season is apon us, holidays are here. I have no spare time. Then winter sets in. In these mountains after 12 years I have learned Jan. & Feb. is the time to go away. People let their hair grow to keep their ears warm, and wear hats! They will cancel their appointments because in the dead of winter their hair is low on their priority list. There are the loyal few who truck out into snowstorms for a haircut, but not enough to depend on. Opening a business during that time of year does not seem wise to me. I see spring as a maybe.
My studio is licensed and insured and registered with the proper authorities. My dilemma is, do I tell this woman/friend to totally forget about this idea, since it's already causing our friendship heartache. Or do I not burn my bridge and let her continue to think we are getting into this venture.
There is more..... She is designing the place. My opinions are taken into consideration but.... she is putting a kitchenette in. I told her according to NYS law a working kitchen cannot be exposed to services in the salon, and it only allowed if it is separate from the rest of the salon. She said the stove won't be turned on. I said it's not needed at all. If I have to argue about state law, is this going to be more of a headache then it's worth?
There's more... I am known for my bridal party work. I want an atmosphere that caters to bridal parties, and I want to offer bridal parties something they will remember fondly. She wants to put in a massage room, I'm ok with that as long as the therapists carry their own insurance and business licenses, and it won't hurt my licenses, and insurance. She wants to open a private gym for her friends. This I have a problem with. When I mentioned noise, she said it will be insulated well. When I mentioned traffic through my salon she told me they will put in a separate door. Then I was told there will be no separate door so I said the 12 feet between the front door and the gym will have to be insured on top of my insurance by her. Last I heard the separate door is going in. Not there yet, mind you.
I don't know..... there is soo much more, I just think it's a good idea to scrap this project at this point.
What do you all think? And how do I tell her with the smallest amount of grief.