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Hairdresser: A Hit or Miss?

When people usually go to the hairdresser they usually go for themselves and only think about the reputation of the hairdresser, but they don’t necessarily think about the handwork it takes to become a successful hairdresser.

Thinking about the pros and cons of being a hairdresser is important if one is thinking about being a professional in the field, however it is also important to understand the effort and work that people put into this job, and to show appreciation to them.

When starting off the first thing a person should do is contemplate whether this is the right path for them. Some of the responsibilities involved in this include good customer service. You are dealing with clients/customers all day, you have to be friendly and open if you want people to come back to the salon.

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Another quality to think about is being versatile, because  different customers/clients want different hairstyles.

But in order to truly become a professional and licensed hairstylist one must go through the proper steps. Without these steps one cannot not legally work as a hair stylist.

There are many pros and cons to any job but a pro of this job is the flexible hours. There is more ability to negotiate when the most convenient time for hair appointments are, and if a person owns there own business in the hair industry then they can even decide when to open and close their shop.

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Marquisia Bullock is a great example of a women who has made her own successful business out of styling hair. She has been styling hair for over 15 years. A women who started off like most by renting booths in other peoples franchise, in order to style hair, has now moved up to having others rent booths from her. She is now the owner of her own hair salon called The Hair Marqui. Nowadays she makes on average $2,700 a week from her customers/clients.

“I wanted to be a doctor, at first, but I was drawn to this job.” “I enjoyed the flexibility of the job, and the ability to be my own boss.”

But being your own boss comes with its own issues. “Some of the main struggles is doing everything, such as out sourcing taxes. It can be a taxing job, which is why I try and get people to help me,” Bullock said.

Even with all this success, the work doesn’t stop there, there is always a continuous strive to be better, especially with all the competition between hairstylist caused by the battle over customers. The key to success, not just in hair styling, but in many jobs is advertising the business. There are many ways to advertise your business, but there are specific ones when dealing with the advertisement of a hair salon.

As a professional hairstylist, you might start small and make your way up, becoming more successful until you hit the jackpot. However this doesn’t come overnight, and without patience, and a strong work ethic.

Work hard for your dreams, and if you go to a hairdresser, thank them for all their handwork (they do stand around doing hair for hours). Give them a smile and a thank you and make both of your days brighter.

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The First Black Female in her Position. Tyrice Coates: Supervisor at Freddie Mac

Some of us have a hard time imagining ourselves as being a leader. But anything is possible if you try and you have the right connections.

Back in 2007 Tyrice Coates just moved to New York and was living the life working a 9 to 5 job, going to work when expected, and then enjoying life with friends afterwards. However as she grew she realized that the it wasn’t always about fun and that sometimes you have to put work harder.

Starting off as an operations team member at Freddie Mac, which is a Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Coates has gone on to become the Investments and Capital Markets Operations Manager at Freddie Mac.

How did she get there?

“When I had to do calculations, I would always work until i got to the root of the problem. Whenever we had a meeting I was always vocal and spoke up,” Coates said.

“My supervisor said I was pleasant to work with and made great valid points at meetings.”

“I was loyal, smart, and professional. In 2013 they finally promoted me to manager.”
Ms. Coates has shared with us her a few of the reasons on why she was able to become a manager/supervisor within her company. To expand on her points, please read this post on 5 secrets that can help you become a better leader.

Before she became manager at her current location in Tysons Corner, Virginia, a man used to work in her same position. “When he was let go from the team, he moved to another section of the company, but he never got over the fact that they let him go”

“Because he still works in the company, him on trades and me in securities, I had to check these trades as they came in. Because we still had to work together he use to give me a hard time, because I was a black women who had taken his position.” “I believe that if it was someone else he wouldn’t have done the same thing.”

“This was a first time someone had been nasty to me because of my color, and gender but I’m sure it won’t be the last,” Coates said

“But the best defense to opposition in my opinion was going in and being great. When you’re good at what you do and you know your stuff, you can impress everyone in the room. When you impress, the color, and gender mean nothing anymore.”

(One great example of this phenomena in Media/Movies today, would be a scene from the Movies “Hidden Figures” where Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson) shows that gender and color fall away when you show your worth.)

Just know that we are all capable of leadership.

But if you take nothing else away from this post, then take this. Never give up, and never stop trying. When you stop trying, and give in to negativity, that is when you truly fail.

 

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Business is a Women’s Best Friend and Worst Enemy

When being a women in a world of men, you have to work a little harder to get by. It may be hard work but women nowadays are proving that its possible.

As of 2016 there is an estimated 11.3 million women owned businesses. The number of women owned businesses is growing faster than the overall number of businesses in the nation. The number of women owned firms is growing five times faster than the national average to be exact.

Women are making strides in this country, and are improving in the business world at an alarming but magnificent rate. It is only right that we be aware of the opportunities that are opening up to us as women, and to the women in our lives.

Women of color are making their own strides as well.

The majority of all African American businesses,  are owned by women (58.9%).

For Asian and Hispanic women the growth compared to their male counterparts in business is amazing. Since 2007 businesses owned by Hispanic women has seen an 88.31% and Asian women have seen a growth of 44.31%. This is higher than their male counterparts who only had a growth of 39.34% and 25.12% respectively.

Though there are significant strides that are being made, there are still downsides. Women still face a significant wage gap and have a harder time gaining start up money for their businesses.

This is why women should encourage one another to start up a business. The more women, the less unequal treatment. The more they see our value, the more they appreciate us.

To the men  reading this, don’t just sit back, help out your wife, daughter, mother, etc, when she needs it.

Starting a business may be hard, being a women in male dominated field may be hard, but the desire and feeling of dedication and perseverance is worth it all, and the way future generations will look back on your achievements is truly worth the struggle.

So please, go out and start your own business, be your own person, encourage others to do the same. If you need a little more inspiration check out this blog  (which is also women owned and run) post that talks about 8 women entrepreneurs.