Change in plans

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Registered: 08-24-2006
Change in plans
Fri, 03-30-2012 - 12:42pm
The biggest problem for me with the salon/spa industry is that you can do all the projections in the world, but when you start a new job you just can't know what the money will be like until you have had a chance to work there for a little while. I've been at my new location for six weeks, and while they money has been about what I expected so far, the growth is nowhere near what it needs to be. The numbers just don't work out in my favor unless the salon is willing to put some time, money, and effort into advertising which they are not.

So I decided two days ago to leave and gave my notice, and decided yesterday to do something I have thought about doing for a while and go to massage school. It starts April 10th. I will be going back to the previous salon I worked at and work Sat, Sun, and Mon and attend school the rest of the week. I should be finished in December.

I will have to take out another student loan, but at least it will be a federal one. I just don't think I could have increased my income quickly enough without more education though. The nice thing is that I could continue doing nails part time after I finish and start doing massage full time. Even working one day a week there would get me 500-700 extra a month. I can also defer my existing federal loan while I am back in school.

I'm feeling excited and hopeful for once. I have several friends who are massage therapists and I know what many of the local chains (that are busy, busy, busy) offer in terms of pay for those starting out. It's as much of a sure thing as I could hope for right now.
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Registered: 10-01-2008
Fri, 03-30-2012 - 1:41pm

I'm sorry it did not work out at the new place, but gave it a try.


"Patience is the best remedy for every trouble"- Plautus

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Registered: 10-02-2011
Fri, 03-30-2012 - 4:16pm

Good luck! Your move makes sense to me, but of course I don't know the numbers (investment required vs. potential increase in income).

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Registered: 08-25-2006
Fri, 03-30-2012 - 6:20pm

Everything happens the way it is supposed to.

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Registered: 08-24-2006
Sat, 03-31-2012 - 12:43pm
I think you are right serenity. I don't think I'd have decided to do massage school if I hadn't switched jobs. There is a local chain of day spas here that I am looking at for a possible job. I did nails there for a few months and it was always booked. I wound up leaving because at tye time the pay wasn't competitive and the other manicurists fought constantly with each other, but I know that they have recently changed their pay structure to a better one, and I've also heard that some of the other locations have much more peaceful work environments. But I have heard that chiropractic clinics are a great way to go as well. Around here they tend to pay 20-30 an hour to start.
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Registered: 12-31-2010
Sun, 04-01-2012 - 9:24am
It is good that you tried something different before massage school, but please note that ALL jobs take marketing to be successful. While you might have thought to rely on that salon to market for you, you could have done some marketing yourself. Just getting your current client emails and sending out weekly specials or notices or even "bring in a friend" emails could have allowed you to build your own business up faster with very little work and hardly an expense. But maybe you can do this with your massage business.
Good luck!
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Registered: 08-24-2006
Sun, 04-01-2012 - 12:54pm
MarketingVirgo, unless you work for yourself renting a booth you are rarely allowed access to ANY client contact information. Any marketing I did had to go through the salon, and I asked them multiple times to send out emails and/or runan outside promotion for me, but they wouldn't. I couldn't even hand out fliers on the sidewalk without going through them, and they wouldn't let me. My hands were tied. I think if you are going to take this approach as a business then it's your responsibility to get butts in my chair, and other salons I have worked at have more than lived up to their end of the bargain. I know I'm not supposed to feel this way butI really have no desire to work for myself anyway. Doing so would mean taking on an incredible amount of financial risk and I can't afford to do that right now, nor is it something I'd enjoy in the slightest. I know you mean well, but I feel it's important to know my limitations and work within them.
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Registered: 08-24-2006
Sun, 04-01-2012 - 1:07pm
I am truly sorry if my post came off sounding harsh. It just kind of felt like you were blaming me for not succeeding there, when in reality I did everything within my power to. It was an agonizing decision to quit after working so hard with so little.