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about in the thick of the holidays when
you’ll want to be doing things with your
loved ones, preparing gifts for family,
and decorating your own home with
Make sure that you save time for all of
those things that reinvigorate the heart
and make the holidays, the holidays. Do
not completely overbook yourself and
bend over backwards to accommodate
everyone else at your expense. Start
warning your clients to pre-book now.
Set hard limits for the hours you’ll put in
and the number of clients you can rea-
sonably see within those hours without
stressing out or exhausting your body
Take into consideration if your staff/
coworkers will be taking any time off;
you might need to pick up the void. Ask
around now and get commitments so you can
plan accordingly. Is the salon going to keep the
same hours, extend to “holiday hours,” or close on
any particular days? Inform your clients and, most
importantly, let your staff/coworkers know now.
It will go over better now than when you’re in the
thick of the busyness. There is no quicker way to
wear yourself out during the holidays than to be
understaffed and overbooked.
This is finally going to be the holiday season
you look back with a triumphant smile and say, “I
did that one exceptionally well!”This will be the
year you take full advantage of all the gift card and
retail potential, start planning in enough time, and
don’t overbooked yourself into misery.
It’s no secret that it requires forethought and
early preparation to really rock the holiday season,
but you just had your wake-up call to start plan-
ning now— you’ve totally got this.
Ali Davidson is the Director of Membership for Associated Hair Professionals (AHP), which provides
advanced education, business resources, marketing materials, career support, and liability insurance
to hairstylists and barbers. For more information visitwww.associatedhairprofessionals.com or e