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Things to be grateful for when you go sola %28blue%29

It’s the season of giving thanks and the holidays are a great time to reflect and count your blessings. We hope that in your reflection, you remember to thank yourself for going Sola! In case you need a reminder, we've got you covered.

"I'm telling you, every morning when I head into work I have to pinch myself. This is my life. I actually get to make a living doing something I’m truly passionate about! I am able to be creative while creating smiles, it’s one of the most incredible feelings.” (@Paint.hairapy.bybri)

1. The Freedom of Being Your Own Boss

Need we say more? At Sola, you get to work for the greatest boss ever - YOU! That means you call all the shots. You have control over your services, your products, the music you listen to, the color of your walls and the clients you serve. Use the products you love to create, in the space you love to create in, to create an experience you and your clients both love.

"I am SO thankful to have my shop at @sola_springfield. Every day I get to come into a nicely kept building that is easily accessible for my guests and perfect for the services that I offer at my Sola.” (@extracarehairco)

2. A Schedule That Fits Your Lifestyle

We know that it can be hard to balance a thriving career and fulfilling personal life, especially around the holidays. Find time to enjoy the important things in life like spending time with family can feel nearly impossible when your schedule revolves around someone else's hours, and taking time off can be a hassle. But with 24-hour access to your studio and the freedom to choose when you want to work, you have the power to create a schedule that works for YOU - allowing you to have a work-life balance that is incomparable!

"I am so grateful to be where I am right now. I went from having to put my daughter in daycare at only one year old just to work certain hours. Now, my kids don’t have to go to daycare. I can do what I love all day long - color and extensions! I work the hours I want to, can live comfortably and I’m happy!” (@thekolorlab.kristie)

3. Private and Personalized Space 

Full floor-to-ceiling walls and sliding doors for privacy allow you the opportunity to nurture client relationships with one-on-one private conversations and zero distractions from others. You have the opportunity to provide unique personal touches for each client - from a favorite beverage to a favorite song - you're free to create and adjust the atmosphere of your salon.

Not only do you get your own private space, but you get to decorate it too! Choose decor that reflects your taste and we’ll supply the paint. You get to choose your own artwork, furniture, music and even your salon name!

"Hands-down the number one reason I wanted my own place was to give my clients the best experience possible and to work in my ideal environment. @hairbylu26 and I have lost sleep over the flavors of creamer, the type of cups serve coffee in, to the perfect the laundry basket and all those little things you would never think of. Our hearts and souls are in this little space and I can honestly I finally feel at home and that I am giving the best of me here.” (@hairbysarayah)

4. The Best Tools and Education in the Biz.

Sola Pro: Our free education app for all Sola professionals provides inspiration and education at your fingertips! Want to watch educational videos that range from business and marketing to inspiration and motivation? Or maybe you're more interested in the latest exclusive deal from your favorite brand or checking out what local classes are coming to your neck of the woods. You can get all that and so much more in Sola Pro!

Webinars: We also offer tons of free webinars ranging in topics from marketing and social media to KPIs to How To Raise Your Prices – all available to watch on-demand in the palm of your hand in the Sola Pro app.

Your own Sola webpage: As a Sola professional, you will have your very own Sola webpage on www.solasalons.com, which you can easily customize in Sola Pro with a descriptive bio, an image gallery, contact information and hours, as well as an online booking button (for SolaGenius users).

SolaGenius: Sola’s all-in-one scheduling and payment processing app has the lowest rates in the biz! Available to Sola professionals for just $20/month, meet your new digital personal assistant. SolaGenius’s features include 24/7 online booking, a simple calendar interface, notifications and reminders, text message marketing, client notes, analytics and reports, and reliable customer support. Run your Sola like a boss with SolaGenius! Click here to learn more about SolaGenius.

"A lot of people ask me what I use to run my business. 'What machine do you use to swipe credit cards? Book appointments? Check inventory? Client profiles?' I use my phone, SolaGenius to be exact. The first thing I was told about when starting my business was about SolaGenius. It’s an all in one, booking, point of sale, reports, marketing." (@fiorellacastrohair)

BookNow: In January 2019, we rolled out our revolutionary online search and booking engine, called BookNow, to help drive new customers to our Sola pros.

How does it work? Think of it like Open Table for beauty services. We drive tons of traffic to our website (like millions of people…) who are looking to book an appointment with a beauty professional. Then, when they come to solasalons.com they can search by location, date, service and availability and browse our directory of hairdressers, nail techs, estheticians, massage therapists, barbers, etc, (who use SolaGenius) and they can book right online, 24 hours a day. SolaGenius takes care of the business for you leaving you to focus on what you love most. 

Sola Sessions: We know how important education is to continue growing your career. So we created the Sola Sessions, which are Sola-exclusive education events with some of the industry's most influential artists and educators. At the Sola Sessions, held twice a year in different cities around the country, our community is able to network with fellow Sola professionals, gather valuable takeaways to elevate their business and craft, sip cocktails and snap selfies with some of their idols and mentors. Plus there’s swag – lots and lots of swag 🙌

"What an amazing experience to come and train in Nashville Tennessee. I can’t wait to share everything I learned with my clients!" (@nicoleatshearstudio)

5. Your #SolaFam

Support at Sola goes deeper than just technology and education. When you go Sola, you become a part of a community of 15,000+ independent beauty professionals - in other words, you become a part of our #SolaFam! Our Sola pros know that the best resources are each other - whether it's a new technique, advice on how to deal with a tricky client or simply borrowing some foils from your friend down the hall because you didn't realize you were on your last box.

"Sola is not only an opportunity to stand out from the rest, but it’s a community that backs you in any situation.” (@emilyannstudio_3)

I love that I am amongst other like-minded hair professionals that work hard for their dream like I do.” (@extracarehairco)

To top it all off, all of our franchisees and managers at each Sola location go through extensive franchisee and manager training to ensure you are always taken care of. When you’re at Sola, you’re part of a community that loves you back.

"More education and a lot of fun at Sola education event 2019 in Raleigh with some of my #SolaFam" ( @e.l.stylsesalon)

The Sola community is there to help each other learn and grow. Join the #SolaFamily and discover how the support from Sola can change your career and your life!

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