Posted on June 9, 2021
Sola Salon Studios
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What would you do with a few more hours back in your day? Spend more time with your family? Squeeze in a few more appointments? Relax? No matter your answer, the beauty of being the boss is that your time and schedule is completely in your hands. We’re just here to help you spend less time doing busy work and more time doing what you love.
Follow these 5 tips to save yourself time and give yourself the peace of mind you need and deserve as a go-getting salon owner.
1. Keep it Clean
It’s easy to let things pile up, especially after a busy day in the salon. Keeping your supplies organized throughout the day and tidying up in small doses on a regular basis will eliminate massive, time-consuming cleaning overhauls. Preventing clutter is done best by organizing products by purpose or how frequently you use them.
Best practices also include keeping your cleaning supplies handy, as well as sweeping up excess hair after each client. Wipe down your chair(s), too. At the end of each day, mop the floor and wipe all the countertops - that way you (and your clients) are walking in to a nice and tidy salon tomorrow. Remember, a clean salon is a happy salon!
2. Streamline Stocking Your Backbar
How many times a month are you making trips to the beauty supply store? How many times have you had to wake up early because you realized you were out of color you needed for a client that day or get home late because you had to stop at the store on your way home after a long day? Say goodbye to trips to your distributor! BeautyHive is making stocking your salon simple by bringing the store to you through their seamless online shopping experience.
With free, same-day shipping on most* orders, a variety of the industry’s most popular brands and real-time inventory checks, you can keep your salon stocked without even leaving your chair. Shop for brands like Pravana, Kenra, Schwarzkopf, Matrix, Redken, Olaplex, Pulp Riot, Framar, Sexy Hair, STMNT and more and get rewards back on every order, no matter how small – so you’re not just saving time, you’re saving money too! That’s working smarter, not harder.
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3. Use an Online Booking System
Having online booking in place using a platform like SolaGenius can turn your time-consuming, manual appointment booking into autopilot. No more back and forth text conversations or returning voicemails late at night.
With SolaGenius, your clients can see your open appointments in real-time and book an appointment that works for them without your involvement (unless you choose to turn on appointment approvals and then it’s a simple tap of the “Approve” button). Rather than have clients “Call or Text for an Appointment,” you can direct them to your “Book Now” button on your Sola webpage, social media profiles or your online booking website and say goodbye to wasted hours of scheduling stress for good.
4. Schedule Your Social
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”
So, don’t just wish for more time, make it happen. When you’re intentional about your time, you can literally add more hours into your day. Think about your social media. If you spend an hour every day posting on Instagram, including finding an image to post and racking your brain trying to figure out what to say in your caption, that’s seven hours a week! Instead of taking a small chunk of time each day to do that, save yourself hours each week by bulk content creating and scheduling out all your posts ahead of time. Platforms like Later, Planoly, Hootsuite and Combin make it easy to get ahead.
5. Stick to a Schedule
As a Solapreneuer, you have the power to control you schedule. Even if your schedule varies week-to-week, sticking to a consistent schedule for some of your reoccurring tasks (like ordering your backbar or planning out your social media) will save you many hours in the long run. At the beginning of every month, block time for your daily, weekly and monthly tasks. You can even do this once and set it reoccurring in your calendar so you never have to worry about forgetting to make time for what matters again. Getting yourself on a consistent schedule – even down to daily walks and when you eat lunch – will give you peace of mind and hours back into your day.
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