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Do you wanna be famous? Does that flame
inside you burn a little brighter at the
thought of being Hairdresser of the Year
or a stylist to the stars? Do you dream of
building an empire and taking over the
world one fabulous hairstyle at a time?
Shortcuts understands that money talks.
e get it: money talks, and the allure of fame and
fortune can be hard to resist. But if your ambitions lie
closer to home, and you want a business that gives
you the flexibility and freedom to live a balanced
life, that’s a perfectly legitimate goal too.
Although there is no simple way to define success, one thing’s
for sure: if the way you’re working lets you achieve the lifestyle you
want (regardless of whether you’d choose Cotton On over Camilla),
then you’re probably doing pretty well for yourself.
On the other hand, if you’re always stressed out, putting in long
hours for little or no reward, and feeling like your life goals are more
unattainable, read on – we have some tips on how to make loving
your work a priority.
Although they might seem like they contradict each other, being
motivated and ambitious doesn’t mean you have to give up a
sense of calm and inner peace. The two should not be mutually
exclusive. Even if you spend all day, every day, reaching for the
stars, you should still be able to enjoy the process most of the time.
Remember, it ’s your choice whether you want to make achieving
your goals a joyful or a stressful experience! If you notice you’re
getting strung out about things that are totally out of your control,
it’s time to realign. Take a breath and focus on making the most of
the moment at hand. Stop, recommit and reset – you’ll set yourself
on a happier path to achieving your goals.
We get it, finding good people can be darned near impossible, but
if you think near enough is good enough, think again. As tempting
as it can seem, it is never a good idea to settle for second best,
even if you’re short-staffed almost to crisis point.
If you don’t find someone who has the right skills and who is
a good cultural fit, you’ll end up pouring all your energy into
managing their performance, and chances are you’ll be in the
same position again in six months’ time when they decide to pack
their bags and move on. Make the time to get it right from the get-
go and you’ll soon be spoilt for choice.
Imagine what would happen if you vanished for two weeks,
tomorrow. Yep, I can see you cringing from here. The secret to
building a business that won’t completely fall apart without you
having to be there 24/7 is flow. If everyone knows what they need to
do and when, without being reminded every time, you’ll be able to
step away when you need to.
Create a structure and process for your team to follow, and teach
them how to mirror your own approach. That way, if something last
minute crops up (whether it’s an awards gig you don’t want to miss,
or a cosy weekend away with the family), you’ll know everything will
be smooth sailing without you.
If you shoot for the stars before you’re ready to fly, you’ll end up
collapsing in a big, burnt-out mess. The key to achieving your goals
and staying sane is to take care and not over- extend yourself. Know
your limits, and be realistic about what you can or can’t achieve.
A good software system will help you understand exactly where
your business is at, at all times, so you can set achievable goals for
improvement rather than taking a stab in the dark. Keep those stars
in sight, but work with what you have, and you’ll find everything
starts to come together with ease.
Jo Burgess is a co-founder and the VP of Evolution at Shortcuts.
As one of the key visionaries of this industry-leading brand, Jo
has seen many technological innovations since she first installed
Shortcuts in her salon more than 20 years ago. To hear more of
Jo’s business inspiration visit www.shortcuts.com.au/quickfix.
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