5 #girlboss Tips to Hiring your First Assistant & Doing it All
I get asked ALL the time in my classes about how I do it all? It's a question that makes me chuckle because I personally always feel like I am failing at something or multiple things. As a mother, salon owner, educator, passionate creative and born entrepreneur...I always feel a strong desire to do more, be more...and the question of how to balance more is always in the forefront of my mind. And maybe yours too?
I dare to say what most of us feel and probably don't like to admit out loud...it's easy to compare ourselves to other mothers, fathers, co-workers, friends, artist and well other successful people. Then after we are done comparing we feel bad.
The feeling of wondering how others do it all instead of being happy with how much we DO DO and already ARE is a common struggle.
First off, I think we all need to give ourself a DAMN PAT ON THE BACK, and then a massage, a cookie then go celebrate your awesomeness in the bubble bath with an entire bottle of wine. Secondly, I would say to do more, be more and to keep growing you can't stay a "me". You must become a "WE".
For some this might look like an assistant, employees, a salon team, gaining mentors, business coaches, trainers...success is not found alone. The load of work is too much to carry and you must spread out the work & delegate in a growing business. All good leaders are very good at this skill.
For myself this looks something like...a salon, a salon team, handy man, house cleaners, social media assistance, a business coach, pre-school/daycare, family, friends and a personal assistant. So how do I do it all? I don't. I work very hard (like my work my freaking ass off all the time hard) and I also delegate the rest out. This did not come over night and slowly I added help to my circle as I grew and the more I delegated the more task I could take on and continue to grow my business.
A big learning curve I have had to go through is my business growing and learning to hire out help. I am the first to admit I am truly a creation of the school of hard knocks.
I am a high school drop out, I have NO degree in anything other than hair and I am by no means a tech whiz, good at math or know what the hell I am doing most the time haha. I have learned by trial and error, lots of amazing mentors (this is key!), good books and asking a lot of questions and messing up ALOT.
I want to share my 5 top tips that I wish I could go back & tell myself before hiring help
1. WRITE YOUR GOALS OUT PERFECTLY CLEAR.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO GET OUT OF THIS RELATIONSHIP ?? WHAT WILL THIS PERSON GAIN? THEN LAY IT ALL OUT FROM THE BEGINNING.
2. WHEN PROBLEMS/CHALLENGES ARISE, WRITE THEM DOWN.
FIND A GOOD PROFESSIONAL TIME TO ADDRESS THEM ASAP AND BRING YOUR SOLUTION TO THE TABLE. THE SOLUTION DOES NOT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE A DEMAND BUT SOMETIMES A SUGGESTION (DEPENDING ON THE CIRCUMSTANCE) BUT REMEMBER YOU ARE THE BOSS.
3. TAKE THE TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE TO TRAIN YOUR ASSISTANT HOW YOU NEED THEM TO BE TRAINED.
THE DETAILS ARE EVERYTHING. THIS MEANS CLEANLINESS, VERBIAGE , DRESS CODE, WHERE THEY STAND WHILE ASSISTING YOU BEHIND THE CHAIR, WHEN THEY ARRIVE, DAILY TASK...EVERYTHING!
4. LET YOUR ASSISTANT KNOW WHEN THEY ARE REACHING GOALS AND DOING GOOD.
I REMEMBER AS AN ASSISTANT HOW MUCH THAT MEANT TO ME TO BE TOLD THAT. HARD WORK SHOULD BE REWARDED.
5. EDUCATE YOUR ASSISTANT AS YOU GO.
LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO MENTOR. YOU ARE A MENTOR, ACT LIKE ONE.
I hope some of these tips help you out! I will be posting more on the topic of having an assistant behind the chair & how to mentor & have systems that run smooth ...like a well oiled machine! If you are a young stylist I encourage you to look for mentors to assist & for all other stylist I would say mentors are KEY, I would be no where without mine. I always have mentors in my life & plan to for the duration of my career.
xoxo Elizabeth Faye