Owning a business as you know; can be stressful and time consuming at the best of times. Add in running a household, having children, trying to be a good friend and partner and well, everyone could forgive you for losing your mind every now and then!
I started to make the move out of my beauty therapy position at my salon about 4.5 years ago ( there were a few steps I took before I was full time at home with my new baby, I’ll talk about those in a different blog ). As I was doing this, I quickly realised I needed to start running my salon as a business owner and not just a therapist. After removing myself from doing clients I found I had no idea how to be a boss or what I should be doing. I was lost and a little scared about what I was going to do. I had to figure it out quick, I tried a few different business coaches but they cost me thousands of dollars and none actually gave me the hand holding leadership I needed or wanted at the time.
I was heavily pregnant and needed a plan quick! And to add more drama to the situation I was sick all day and night and in the end I had to have an emergency caesarean, which had me in hospital for 5 days unable to do anything but learn how to be a mummy.
Once I was home; I had to come up with a way that would allow me to run my business and make sure money was still coming in so that I could stay at home with my baby (Now I have two babies and it’s even more important!).
I will share some of the tools that help me run my business from home usually via my iPhone or laptop.
This social app really has changed the world. It’s no longer just a place to catch up with friends but a place you can build a business from and keep in touch with staff. I have a business page where I post special deals and comments to reach our clients and fans. I pay for advertising and promote any deals of the month we may have. I also have a staff only group which I can post info, general ideas and discussion with the staff.
Gmail (by Google) has been great for setting up a salon email address and personal email for my manager. These email addresses can have your business domain name ie. firstname.lastname@example.org. I can send my manager email from my iPhone if something pops in to my head and I need her to do or check something while I’m out and about. We also use this for stock orders and payroll questions.
For the rest of my tools Click on this link here to download my FREE guide!