Someone can be talented, absolutely gifted at what they do, and many times we mistake that talent for potential for leadership. Oh, Barbara is a good hairstylist? Great, let’s promote her to manager. Better yet, if Barbara is a good hairstylist, and has a large following, Barbara may even say to herself, “hmm, let me open a hair salon!” But leadership, darlings, is not for everybody. Being artistically talented is one thing, but being a boss requires an entire different set of skills and talent! While being a boss may sound romantic and sexy, it is not for everybody. Honestly. Truly.
Being a boss, a leader, an entrepreneur, etc. may be all the rage now. At every corner you turn, you’re being encouraged to be your own boss and launch your own brand. It seems like everybody is doing it, and everybody is in business for themselves. But how many times have you visited someones website and it wasn’t done properly? Or you ordered a product only to not get it on time? Or dealt with lack of professionalism and bad customer service in your interactions with many of these companies? The problem is, they’re not ran by real bosses. People who truly understand the gravity of entrepreneurship. In this microwave culture of entrepreneurship, where it is so easy to start a business, many people skip the hard parts. And one of the hard parts is being tested and put through the ringer to see if you’re made of that stuff.
…especially in the beginning. Not only will it take a couple years (depending on your type of business) to realize real profit, but the beginning is the stage where you are sacrificing relationships, vacations, rest, and sanity to build a business that can last and that you can be proud of. Being a boss is expensive; financially, mentally, emotionally and physically. You will want to give up. You will want to throw in the towel. You will think none of it is worth it. You will have to pay some business expenses out of your personal money. There is no surefire path to success, and stumbling blocks are inevitable. You gotta pay the cost to be the boss is more than just saying. It is a truth.
Being a beauty professional can be fun, and sometimes it doesn’t feel like work. When I do photoshoots, I always have moments where I’m like “this is work? I get paid for this?” I truly love what I do, and sometimes it feels like its too fun to be true! But I am able to enjoy the “pretty part” of the business, because it is not my business. I am simply showing up for the job. There are people working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure the venue is booked, the model is booked, the photographer, makeup artist, hair stylist, and wardrobe stylist are all booked. That we are all on the same page as far as theme. That catering is taken care of and picked up/delivered to the venue ON TIME. And when its all said and done, they handle the invoices and payment. I’m sure those people don’t show up to work and think “this is work? this is too fun to be true!” It is all work to the people who handle the business end. Being a boss always feels like work.
Being a boss is not about you being a boss bitch. Its not about you at all. It’s about your customer, your audience, and if you have a staff, them too. Being a boss is like being a mother, everything you do, you do it for the people that depend on you. Being a mother is not about you, it is about the children that you are responsible for. Similarly, when you are an entrepreneur, you are constantly serving people. You are working for yourself, sure, but you are truly working for your customers, and all the other people that depend on you to show up and deliver.
Many beauty professionals believe that because they have a talent, and are well versed in their industry, that this an automatic indicator that they have it in them to be a boss. Not so fast. I have met many, many talented artists that are terrible at being a leader. Entrepreneurship is a talent. A technical talent, but a talent nonetheless. Just like someone can be a great basketball player, but a bad coach, someone can be a great makeup artist, and a bad boss. You not only have to know your talent and industry inside out, but you need to be business savvy as well. You don’t have to have a masters in business from Harvard Business School, but you should understand business, leadership, management, marketing, and finance. And if not, build your team of people that do and build with them.Tags: beauty boss, boss, entrepreneur, girl boss, leader
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