Hi Everyone ~
This has been the absolute worst year of my career in the industry. At 42 years old and after being in the business over 25 years, I got fired for the first time in my entire life. Not just once, but TWICE in less than 6 months.
After 5 years working for what I thought was a great salon, I was fired without notice or warning for the following reasons:
1. I did not fit the "image" the salon was trying to project to their client base.
2. A small group of stylists there threatened to quit if I wasn't fired and the owner felt she couldn't risk a walkout in case they weren't bluffing.
3. My personality was too intense.
4. I was "too good" "spinning my wheels" "too creative" (Yes, that really was said as a reason...my "skills" were causing strife because the other stylists felt I thought I was better than they were)
5. I did not make enough of an effort to connect on a deeper level with my co-workers (the example they gave: I would read a book while on my breaks rather than socializing with the team in the breakroom)
6. According to feng shui, I was the only "fire" in the salon, thus causing imbalanced energy (can you believe it???)
Ok, so I leave peacefully, but with a broken heart because I thought I was at least respected. I'm not saying I was or am perfect...I can be blunt and somewhat self-promoting, and I am extremely focused and intense while at work. Anyway, I went to a salon on the other side of town. And oh my goodness, what a hellhole. But I figured I'd tough it out while I looked into opening my own salon. Well, the owner found out I was doing this, and because he was terrified of a walkout, he fired me. Even though I offered to sign a paper stating I would not offer jobs to any of his employees.
2 moves in less than 6 months did not make my clients happy. I lost quite a few. Now I am in a salon that I like, even though it's far from being what I'm used to (spoiled by). Problem is, all these changes have hurt my finances tremendously, put a real damper on my confidence and creativity, and I live in constant fear of being shafted again. Has anyone out there been through anything like this? How did you deal with it? I really need a word of encouragement....
Welcome to the BTC Talk Back Boards! Please take a few moments to read over the board rules in the green box above. Wow, I can understand how you would feel a bit devestated. But, keep in mind you do not want to be at a salon you do not fit. I think opening your own salon is a great idea, but this is information you need to keep to yourself. Now, pick yourself up, and move forward - you will build again quickly because of your experience. Sometimes, when you move a lot, you do loose business, but the clients may return after they have tried someone else. Much success to you at the new salon.
Cindy Farr Hester Asst Moderator
i am a booth renter and have been with the same owner for the past six years. there is change coming - salon is moving and is going to commission only. i was offered 60/40 no benefits and thats it, cannot work more than 32 hours and will find out the rest in the next coming week (is that cause of required state health insurance)?
I have a pretty good set of clients i do color and highlites, fusion, relaxers(sodium), perms and marcel flatironing... so my clientele is versatile so why am i worried...
just want to make the right decision on where to go, or should i go commission, i have been searching for a booth and weighing my options on commission still undecided
here in AZ
girl, let me tell you i was in the same boat about two and a half years ago. My boss was horrible I never could do enough to please her evern though i was the one that got movie ads for the salon and tv circute ads for the salon ect. and then one day (i can't even tell you what it was about now) she started yelling at me on the phone and i just snapped. In thirteen years in this business i have never just walked out of my job, but i couldn't take it anymore. i was very scared of what i was gonna do. (i have kids) I look back now though and am secretly thankful to her because i left there that afternoon and had my own little salon up and running in two weeks. (not with out drama from ex boss though ie hired a lawyer ect.) AND NOW I am in the prosess of relocating and expanding my business for 238 sqft to 900sqft with other stylist renting from me. So in other words maybe you need to listen to the real message and have confidence in the unknown. Best of luck and keep me informed.
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