Should I or shouldn't I, that is the question!

Last Update: August 14, 2018

I am in at Crossroads at this time in my life where I am trying to figure out which way to go. It took me quite some time to really come to reality of it all.

Let me start off by saying I'm independent hair stylist, and have rented a booth for the last 6 years. The last four years have been a truly big struggle for me, and there are many reasons why.

1. I've changed salons 3 times in the last 6 years, If the owner of the building where the first salon was located did not sell, I would still be there, but unfortunately this was beyond my control. I had no choice but to move on. I was there for 2 years.

2. The second salon's rent was more money than the first salon. i might have taken on more than I could have afforded. I did well for a while but it's still is not easy being on my own, buying product, and paying all the bills and hopefully cutting a profit. I did that for 3 years, and boy what a roller coaster ride it was.

3. The third salon was a dream to work at, but it was still a struggle. I stuggled so much that there were many times I didn't cut myself a paycheck after all was said and done. I couldn't go on like this.

Don't get me wrong I love what I do but when you own a business you have to spend money to market it, pay the rent, keep up with taking calls and making appointments, confirming appointments, purchasing product, you have to do your own books, paycheck, running to the banks and most of all, your taxes! The list goes on!

I asked myself over and over, " is it worth it?"

Right now I am searching to work for someone else in a salon instead of being in business for myself. It's a hard decision but I know that I have to do something.

There any benefits to working for somebody.

1. You earn a more consistent paycheck.

2. Once your done with work you're done!

3. Life can be so much easier with less stress.

4. Less responsibility with upkeep of a business.

5. I can focus on doing what I love, Hair! and create a nice paycheck!

So why would I continue to do what I'm doing?

I'm asking your advice with the little of information given to you, So should I, or shouldn't I move on. I would like to know what any of you would do in my situation?

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ElaineSmith1 Premium
Hey Joyce,
You made some very valid points but something you said really stuck with me. You said you like to do hair and enjoy that. I always take a situation and look at all the pros and cons.
Pro-you like to do hair, you want to have time for WA

Con-doing boss stuff gets in the way of the fun!!

Suggestion-1)either rent a chair to do what you love which is hair
2) work for someone so you can just cut hair and
spend time on WA

I hope this helps.

Tried and True

Elaine
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Joyce122 Premium
I'm like number 2 the best. I've been renting a booth for 6 years now. I Am My Own Boss and looking to change that. Thank you for your suggestions.
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firstlearn Premium
A constant payment is very nice, and with some jobe very little or no stress! But do you want to decide what hours you work, what you do with your working life, or do you want to sit back and let someone else decide that for you?

I am afraid if I were in your situation I would want to be working for myself. That way I can plan my life around my employment.

I don't know where you live but certainly in the UK, there is always a call for mobile hairdressers.

I wish you success no matter which path you decide to take.

Derek
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Joyce122 Premium
Hi Derek, I've been working for myself for 6 years and I think I am ready for a change. This place that I will be going to is going to work with me on my hours, so I can pretty flexible. I do hope it works out. Thanks for your help.
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AffFranE82 Premium
Hi!

I think it is always a great idea to have a constant payment of some sort. You need to know that money is coming in no matter what. Because things happens at times and having multiple streams of income is a genus idea. I hope you make the right decision for yourself!

Francesca
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Joyce122 Premium
Hi Francesca,

Yes, a steady pay check is always nice, I found a place where they get walk ins. I think this place that I found it will be a good fit for me. Thanks for your input.
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AffFranE82 Premium
Hi!

That sounds great joyce, best wishes. :)
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Joyce122 Premium
Thank you!
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AffFranE82 Premium
You're welcome
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Vickic3 Premium
Hi Joyce. My friend hires a chair in a Salon and works as her own boss within this salon. Many salons work like this where I live and if you could do this as well as imagine this. you work when you want at the salon and you build your WA biz when you are not working. Win-win
That is how I would approach this.
Look forward to hearing the choices you make
Vicki
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Joyce122 Premium
Hi Vicki,

Thanks for your advice, but I already rent a booth and looking to work for someone else because everything that it takes two rent a booth and being my own boss takes up a lot of time for me. I feel like I made the right decision at this point in my life.
Thank you for your advice.
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Vickic3 Premium
You are very welcome- Hope it works out for you
Vicki
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JeannineC Premium
How about this point? If you start working for someone else, letting them take on all the responsibilities and challenges, that will give you more time to work on other things you love, like WA!

At a certain point in your life, it's okay to take things a bit easier and focus on what you love. I love my job. I'm not the boss, but she's amazing and let's me do what I do best, without encumbrances like doing stuff I dislike. My life is so much better for not pushing to be the boss anymore.

My vote is to let someone else worry about the stuff you don't enjoy, and focus on what you love - hair!
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Joyce122 Premium
Hi Jeannine,

I totally agree with you on everything you said! I like the part that I can focus more on WA, that is what I want, as well as doing hair. Thank you for your input, it means a lot!
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