How to Cope With Face Mask Anxiety

woman feeling anxious while wearing a face mask. This image is here to illustrate the topic of this blog.

Whether you’re in the salon doing treatments or doing your weekly shop, wearing a face mask is now required by law.

Whether you agree with them or not, they’re probably going to be around for a while, but let’s face it, they aren’t always practical, they can be uncomfortable, and they can provoke anxiety in a lot of people.

How do you feel about wearing a face mask; hot? Sweaty? Panicky? All of these are quite common. But even if you struggle with wearing your face mask, here’s how to cope with face mask anxiety.

Why can wearing a face mask make you feel anxious?

They can feel claustrophobic

Even though you aren’t in a closed space, a face mask can feel restrictive so it might seem that way which can trigger feelings of anxiety, especially as your nose and mouth are covered too.

They can produce sensations that feel like anxiety

Wearing a face mask can make you feel hot and like you can’t breathe, which the body might interpret as anxiety. You’ll notice that if your mask has a filter, it can feel like it’s more difficult to breathe because the filter resists the air flow.

They are uncomfortable

Face masks can be very uncomfortable to wear in hot weather, and if you wear glasses, they can steam up. The same goes for some face shields and visors which when combined with a mask can make it very difficult for us therapists to see what we’re doing during intricate treatments.

How to cope with face mask anxiety

Check your thoughts

Notice what you’re telling yourself about wearing a face mask. Is it something along the lines of ‘I can’t stand wearing this, I can’t wait to take it off!’? This is a normal thought to have, but instead try telling yourself that you might be uncomfortable right now, but you’re keeping yourself and your clients safe, and you can take it off between treatments. 

Breathe

If you’re feeling tense and anxious, you’ll probably be taking shallow breaths under your mask, which really won’t help. Shallow breathing creates an anxiety response in the body, so when you’re feeling anxious, take some deep breaths, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. Make the exhale longer than the inhale, and try to breathe in for a count of four, then out for a count of 6.

Try different styles of mask

Everyone is different, so finding the right mask for you might be a case of trial and error. If you feel anxious wearing a face mask, masks made from thicker material might not be the right choice for you, so try a lighter one. Try a few different ones until you find one that you feel comfortable with.

My top tip to reduce face mask anxiety

Try a little aromatherapy inside of your mask. Some essential oils are known to reduce anxiety, so what I like to do is to use my Helenergy Pulse Point Roller Ball inside of my mask. It’s full of essential oils which help to promote inner calm. Get in touch if you’d like to buy one and try it for yourself.

It’s a good idea to have regular breaks from your mask and visor too.

I hope these tips have helped. Let me know what helps keep your face mask anxiety in check.

Steph

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Reopening Your Salon in a Post Covid-19 World

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If all goes according to the government plan, salons may be able to open again in July after months of being closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. There has so much uncertainty for our industry, and so much heartbreak for us and our clients at having to close our doors for what was the foreseeable future.

But as the time fast approaches when we might finally be able to get back to doing what we love, there are naturally going to be worries and concerns about reopening and how we will operate in a post-Covid 19 world.

The cost of reopening

Most of us have had no income for months so money is a worry, and there will inevitably be costs involved in reopening our businesses. There are going to be very strict regulations that we’ll have to abide by around PPE and hygiene, and meeting the standards is going to cost money.

As well as having to invest in PPE, we’ll also have to rethink how we book in appointments. We’ll have to leave longer in between clients so this will mean we won’t earn as much as we usually would if we were booked up back to back as we often are. This means we’ll have to be creative in thinking about how we will bring in income and cover costs.

You might panic and go into overdrive with offers to entice people back, but the fact is, the country and the industry is unlikely to be back to any kind of normal anytime soon, and you can’t slash prices forever.

You might have to raise prices initially

This can seem scary, but you have to factor in the cost of PPE and other measures you’re having to introduce like extra cleaning. You might even decide to charge the client the cost of the PPE that’s needed during their treatment.

Upsell products from treatments

Sales will be so important in our industry going forwards, and upselling products from treatments is a good way to help clients continue to get the benefits at home in-between treatments. Let’s face it, many people have turned to at-home treatments anyway during the lockdown so this will not be unusual for them.

However you decide to bring in some income, Please remember to charge your worth for your hard work, qualifications, and training. Make sure you value yourself just as you did before all of this happened. If nothing else, clients will have realised during this time just how valuable you really are!

Reopening your salon: Practical tips

It’s not going to be as easy as just carrying on as normal as long as you wear a mask and gloves. There’s a lot to think about including:

Are there any treatments you feel you can’t safely provide, like facials, for example?

You might want to rethink your menu of services for now so you can focus on those you can safely do in the time you have.

How will you book appointments in going forward?

First, think about whether you’ll reopen full-time or only on certain days each week. Then you’ll be able to decide how to deal with bookings.

  • Are you going to prioritise people who were already booked in but had their appointments cancelled due to the enforced closure?
  • How much time will you dedicate to each appointment? (minimum and maximum)
  • How much time will you need between appointments so you can clean, dispose of PPE, and meet the strict new hygiene standards?
  • How many clients will you allow in the salon at any one time (bearing in mind the need to social distance).
  • Will you ban walk-ins and cash payments? Both of these will make it harder to adhere to the new hygiene regulations.

How will you organise your staff?

If you employ staff, you’ll have to think about:

  • How many staff can be in the salon at any one time?
  • Will you need to stagger shifts or limit the days they are at work?

Communicating with clients

Whether it’s via your website, social media channels, or both, you’ll need to communicate with clients about how things are going to change in the salon when you reopen.

First, announce when you’ll be reopening, then:

  • Tell them about your new opening hours and how to book appointments.
  • Reassure them that there will be strict hygiene measures in place and what they need to do when they attend the salon.
  • Remind them that under no circumstances should they attend the salon if they are feeling unwell.
  • Finally, don’t forget to thank clients for their patience, understanding, and loyalty!

 

When we reopen, there might be teething problems as we all try to get to grips with the post-coronavirus world. But we all love what we do and we love our clients, and this is half of the battle.

I’d love you to get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns about reopening, or you just want to get something off your chest. My door is always open.

Steph

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Why Now is the Perfect Time to Think About Your Hopes and Dreams

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‘What now?’

Have you been asking yourself this question lately? We are living in such strange times. Our lives are upside down and we’re all having to adjust to a ‘new normal.’ We’re worried about our health, our loved ones, our businesses, our jobs, and the future.

There will come a time when things get back to some kind of normal, even if you can’t see it right now, and that’s why this is the perfect time to think about your hopes, dreams, and wishes for when that day comes, and beyond.

Most of us have had some time to slow down lately and reflect on what is really important to us and what we want for our lives. How do you want your future to look?

Here’s why now is the perfect time to think about your hopes and dreams.

The coronavirus has been a traumatic experience

There’s no getting away from it, the speed at which the virus has disrupted our lives has been traumatic, but the thing about traumatic experiences is no matter how terrible they seem on the surface, they do remind us about what is really important, and they can help us grow and move on to better things.

What the coronavirus has shown us

What really matters

There’s nothing like a global pandemic to focus your attention on what is really important; your health, your family, and your friends. We have found that we can actually live without many of the other things we held to be so important.

How important our relationships are

Traumatic experiences like this make us appreciate the people in our lives more, from the sister or brother who calls you to check in and make sure you’re okay, to the friend who leaves a thoughtful gift on your doorstep.

That there’s more to life and the possibility of bigger and better things

Something as life-changing as the coronavirus might have made you re-evaluate your life direction. You might be thinking about a new career path, or learning new skills so you can do what you’ve always really wanted to do. It can be devastating to lose a job or not know if your business will survive, but sometimes, the path is cleared because something better is in the pipeline for you.

How resilient you really are

While you may not feel so resilient when you’re in your pyjamas hiding away from the world in front of Netflix, I promise you, you’ll get through this. How do I know this? Because you’ve got through 100% of your worst days so far and you’re still here.

That the small things really are the big things

How many things have you realised you take for granted since the start of all of this? Just being able to go for a walk. Being able to get what you want from the supermarket. Being able to see your family and friends. When life gets busy and we’re chasing the next big thing, we forget that it’s actually the small things that matter, and they are the most important things.

Are you thinking about the future?

Now is the time to ask yourself how you want your future to look. Do you want to build a business when this is over, or learn a new skill so that you can offer new treatments to your clients who will be desperate to get back through your doors?

Take some time out while everything is in this strange limbo to plan ahead and browse our courses. There is always a future. There is always hope.

 

Train with us…

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.

 

The Importance of Charging What You’re Worth

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One of the biggest pitfalls you’ll face when you start your own business is how much you should charge for your services. When you’re a newly-qualified therapist and you lack experience, it can be tempting, and understandable to price yourself on the lower end of the scale. But as time goes on, you’ll find that you’re working yourself into the ground to make ends meet if you keep charging bargain basement prices, and this is not sustainable if you want a viable business.

I recently raised course prices at the academy and I was so nervous doing it, but I realised that I could no longer offer my expertise, personalised care and attention, and quality teaching at the old prices.

So why do so many self-employed therapists (and small business owners in general) find it so hard to charge their worth, and how can you turn things around if you find yourself in this situation? Read on to find out!

When it comes to pricing, do you tell yourself these things?

  • My customers just wouldn’t pay a higher price.
  • I’m not sure I’m good enough to charge more.
  • Times are hard and I don’t want to be yet another person asking people to pay more.

Why you need to stop undercharging-now!

  • Your business won’t make any money.
  • You’ll be forever working more and more hours to make ends meet.
  • It hurts industry standards. If you provide your services at too low a price, it cheapens what you do and what other therapists do.
  • You’ll attract problem clients. It can be tempting to think that you’ll get more customers if you price yourself low, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get quality clients. You’ll be stuck providing your services to clients who just want something cheap and cheerful, and even something for nothing; probably not who you imagined you’d attract when you started your business. If you don’t value yourself and what you offer, don’t expect other people to.
  • Constantly offering deals and discounts makes you look desperate for business and cheapens what you do. Deals and discounts are a good way of filling up your appointment book at quiet times of the year, or when you launch a new service, but they should not become the norm for your business.

What’s up with customers who want everything cheap?

For every customer that happily pays you what you’re worth and is grateful for your time and expertise, there’s one that doesn’t really value what you do and just shops around on price. But let’s take Mr or Mrs Cheap and Cheerful out of the equation for the minute. There are two common reasons why people won’t pay a higher price for your services:

They genuinely can’t afford to

Money is tight these days, and for some people, beauty treatments are an unaffordable luxury. This makes sense, and these people might book in when they have a little spare cash.

They don’t get what you offer

You don’t ‘just paint nails’ or wax eyebrows. You might have spent hundreds of hours honing your skills on courses and on clients, and you’ve probably spent thousands on courses, and let’s not forget, treating clients is a big responsibility. Then there’s the long hours, the blood sweat and tears you put into building your business every single day, and sometimes having to juggle this with a family life and other responsibilities. Clients don’t see this, and our prices should reflect the value of what we do, our expertise, effort, and our desire to build a successful business for ourselves and to support our families.

How to take control and charge your worth, at last!

  • Sit down with a notebook and write down what you offer, what makes you different from your competitors, what you do well, and how things could be better. This is a good starting point from which to think about your prices. Is there something about your business that makes you a more attractive proposition than your nearest competitor? In terms of the academy, I always say that our unique selling point is the caring and personal service we offer compared to some of the bigger training providers. We always keep classes small so everyone gets the individual attention and support that they need, and I’ve priced what we offer to reflect that.
  • Don’t rely on word of mouth only to get customers. Much of your business will come from recommendations, but don’t be afraid to promote your business in other ways, like on social media, to spread the word about your services further afield. Note: Great social media pages will make you look busier, more popular, and more professional, and this will translate into you being able to charge more for your services.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no. Some people will try to negotiate cheaper prices or ask you to do things for free, but it’s important to remember what your time is worth and set boundaries. You wouldn’t go to a hairdresser and ask for a free haircut, and you wouldn’t walk out of Asda with a trolley full of stuff for free (well you could, but you’d get arrested!) so people shouldn’t expect you, a professional therapist and business owner, to offer something for nothing all of the time.
  • Know your numbers. Make a point of getting to grips with what’s coming in and what’s going out of your business. If you don’t know where you’re at, you won’t be able to see what you need to do to improve things.
  • Charge more. Once you know your numbers and how much you’re actually making, bite the bullet and bump them up. Yes, I know it’s scary, but you don’t want to be caught in the trap of charging too little and working too much forever. Imagine what it will be like to actually know you’re charging your worth. Imagine how much more motivated you’ll feel. Imagine being able to take days off and spend them with your friends and family, and not having to work every hour God sends? Well you can!

 

Want to be your own boss?

Train with us and get on track to starting your very own beauty business.

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.

 

Why Do Your Beauty Courses as a Bundle?

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Many students who train with me complete a few beauty courses at a time. So what are the benefits of doing your courses as a bundle? Well there are quite a few and I want to talk about just some of them in this blog.

The benefits of doing your beauty courses as a bundle

It usually works out cheaper

Often I’ll run an offer where courses will be discounted if you sign up for more than one course at the time of booking. I always advertise our latest offers in my newsletter and on the Facebook page, so keep an eye out if you’re looking to book a course anytime soon.

You’ll be able to start earning sooner rather than later

If you get your qualifications under your belt quicker, it means that you can put your new skills to use a lot sooner and start earning money, whether as your own boss or working for someone else as a more skilled therapist.

It will give you more career options

The more skills you learn in one go, the more options you have. So if you did a bundle of say a spray tanning course and a nail course, it gives you more options (maybe you want to go mobile?), it makes you more attractive to employers, and you’ll have a higher earning potential.

You can mix and match according to your needs

Is there a treatment you desperately want to add to your treatment menu or something that your employer wants to bring into their salon? By booking a bundle of courses, you can select the exact training that meets you/your employer’s needs.

Flexibility

Here at the academy, we pride ourselves on offering flexible training, and we know how busy life can get. So rather than booking one course then taking a year to do another because you simply don’t have the time, why not book a bundle and complete your qualifications quickly and easily when you know you have the time?

Consistency

When you train with us, you can expect high-quality training, small classes, and our undivided attention. Doing a bundle of courses with us keeps things consistent with the quality of your training. You probably know that the quality of training varies widely between different training providers, so why risk going out and working with clients feeling unprepared? If an employer takes you on, they can rest assured that your training will more than meet the required standards.

Personalised training that recognises your prior achievements

We tailor all of our courses to the individual, so if you’re completely new to the industry, your training will reflect that, and we won’t try to hurry you everything just to get your qualification. If you are a beginner, you can choose a bundle of courses that will be a nice introduction to the industry and get you up and running as a therapist.

If you’re an experienced therapist, your training will recognise your prior achievements, so we’ll refresh the basics, but not hold you back. You can choose a bundle of slightly more specialist courses to take your career and skills to the next level.

Train with us…

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.

 

 

Set Your Beauty Career Goals for 2020

Set your beauty career goals for 2020

It’s that time of year again, where you might be reflecting on what you’ve achieved this year and thinking about what you want to do next year. If you’re one of those people who start the year with great intentions that soon run out of steam, don’t be too hard on yourself. The good news is that a new year is the perfect chance for a fresh start, and what better excuse for a new start than 2020; the beginning of a new decade!

Set your beauty career goals for 2020

Invest in yourself and your career

Think about where you want to be this time next year, and go from there!

Do you want to get more qualified?

Are you already a therapist who wants to add more services to your treatment menu? Our courses are perfect for everyone from therapists who are new to the industry to seasoned professionals.

Do you want to become your own boss?

Many people dream of being their own boss, and having the freedom to choose your hours and your direction. It’s not all plain sailing, but if you’re prepared to work hard, you can really reap the rewards.

If you want to set up your own business, we have the course for you, from our Six Day Beauty Specialist Diploma, to our Mobile Beauty Therapist certificate, Spray Tanning training, and more, we’ve got everything you need to get started.

Do you want to change careers?

If your daily grind just isn’t doing it for you anymore, but you like the idea of making clients feel amazing, a career in beauty might be just up your street. Here at the academy, we have courses that are suitable for absolute beginners, so don’t worry if you don’t know your orange stick from your emery board; you soon will!

Decide how you’ll get there (and write it down!)

You’re more likely to achieve your goals if you make a plan. So if you want to get more qualified, what will you do? Will you make a list of courses you want to do and start researching training providers?

If you want to start your own business, will you speak to an advisor or someone who already has their own beauty business?

If you want to change careers, are you going to research what it’s like to work in the beauty industry, what you can expect to earn, and how long it will take to get qualified?

Be smart and start small

Your dreams don’t have to be small, but you’re more likely to be successful if you set small goals to get you where you want to be. Rather than giving yourself too much to do then beating yourself up if you don’t manage it, do one thing every day, or every week, that gets you a little bit closer to where you want to be.

Look after yourself and learn what truly makes you happy

This is not strictly a career goal, but it should be a life goal. No matter whether you’re employed or self-employed, you’ll never live your best life if you don’t take the time to look after yourself and to find out what makes you truly happy. Make time to do the things you love, or to simply do nothing. And whatever you’re doing, the first question you should ask yourself is ‘does this make me happy?’

 

Let us help you reach your 2020 goals!

Train with us…

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.

 

 

Why You Should Always Follow Your Dreams

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If you follow us on social media you will have seen that we shared one of the academy’s success stories recently.

One of my lovely former students recently started her own business after completing a full beauty therapist course (while on maternity leave!) followed by spray tan and lash lift training. She is now the proud owner of J.R.D Home Beauty in Amble, and she is finally doing her dream job.

Lots of people go to work on a Monday and dream about what they would be doing if they had the chance. But there’s a difference between dreaming and doing.

What’s stopping you?

Maybe you’re afraid to leave a steady wage, maybe life and your responsibilities got in the way, I get it. But if you don’t try, you’ll never know what kind of life you could be living.

Here’s why you should put your fears aside and follow your dreams…

They motivate you

Dreams get you up in the morning, get you through the tough days, and give you purpose.

You’ll attract your tribe

You know the saying, your vibe attracts your tribe, and this is definitely true when it comes to people who have goals and dreams that they want to pursue. Your passion will rub off on other people and you’ll motivate each other to succeed.

You’ll inspire other people

I love inspiring people to further their beauty careers or to become their own boss, just as many people have inspired me over the years. You might not think it, but you could inspire someone to change careers or be their own boss too.

Life is too short to do a job you hate

We spend a lot of time at work, and there’s nothing worse than spending precious days counting down the hours until you can go home. Why not do something that inspires you and that allows you to make a difference to people? Imagine being excited to go to work every day!

Life is too short to not be happy

When you’re doing something you love, it doesn’t even feel like work because you’re in a kind of flow. The time flies by, and you feel happy. If this feeling isn’t familiar, ask yourself whether what you’re doing is really making you happy. If it’s not, make some changes.

It just might prove people wrong

How many times have you been told by people around you that ‘that’ll never work’ or ‘you’ll never be able to do this or that’? Well when you decide to pursue your goals and dreams, you’ll have the added satisfaction of proving them wrong.

You’ll make yourself proud

Other people might be proud of what you achieve, but more importantly, you’ll make yourself proud. Not everyone has the drive, ambition, confidence, and resilience to go after what they want.

So take my advice. Dream big and never stop working for what you want. You won’t regret it.

Will you be our next success story?

Train with us!

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Secrets to My Success

North East Beauty Awards 2019

If you follow us on social media, you will have seen that we have been nominated for an award at the North East Beauty Awards 2019, in the Best Training Provider category. It’s truly an honour to even be nominated and recognised for the work we do. I’ve put my heart and soul into building the academy from the ground up and I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved.

Where it all began

You might have seen my career story in my previous blogs; I knew I wanted to a beauty therapist from the age of nine, and when I finally qualified, I worked in health spas, travelled the world working on cruise ships, and finally set up my own salon in 2004. I loved working as a therapist (and I still love doing treatments on clients), but every time I thought about my future, I thought about the natural next step for my career, which was going into teaching. I wanted to teach the next generation of therapists the skills and knowledge they’d need to do the job I loved so much.

From teaching to opening the academy

I gained my Certificate in Education from Sunderland University, then I went on to teach for different charities in the North East and worked in a local school for a few years. Then in 2010, I opened the doors to the academy, and I’ve never looked back.

My vision for the academy

My aim was always to deliver excellent training to students while making them feel at ease and building their confidence. I remember what it was like to train with impatient tutors who made you feel inadequate if you didn’t get the hang of something; it can have a really negative impact on you.

That’s why my approach to teaching is being patient and caring about every person who walks through my door. I don’t just want to get bums on seats and hurry people through their qualification, I like to give my learners personalised, high-quality training in small groups. It’s all about giving them a positive learning experience so they can go out into the world as confident and competent therapists.

The secrets to my success (and yours!)

I always hope that people are inspired by my story and the way I do things, and I love the thought that some of my learners will then go on to inspire other people. I’ve been in the industry now for over 20 years, and I’ve given, and been given, a lot of advice on how to run a successful business.

I want to share the five tips that have pretty much been the key to my success. They’re universal though, and I’m sure they will help you when you set up your own business.

  1. Look after yourself first

Yes you’re busy, yes you have to juggle a million different priorities, but you should always make yourself your number one priority. If you don’t look after yourself, mind, body, and soul, how do you expect to give the best to your clients? If you want to keep loving what you do and avoid burnout, start making time for self-care.

  1. Update your skills regularly

Things move fast in the beauty industry, just like in any other industry, so you need to move with the times and learn new treatments and techniques. This makes good business sense-you don’t want to be left lagging miles behind your competitors who offer the very latest treatments.

  1. Keep on top of your marketing

Granted, most of us get the majority of our business through word of mouth, but you can’t neglect your marketing, especially when it comes to getting through the quieter times of year. Stay active on social media, and don’t just try to attract new clients (this takes a lot of effort), but make sure you offer something to existing clients. Loyal customers equal repeat business and healthy profits.

  1. Delegate what you can’t do yourself

This has been a huge game-changer for me. There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to grow your business because you’re buried under piles of admin, dealing with social media, or spending hours trying to work out how to fix something on your website. You might think that you can’t afford to pay someone to do these things for you, but believe me, what it saves you in time (and sanity!) is well worth it.

  1. Competition is healthy but they’ll never be you…

Competitors exist in any industry, and you might constantly worry about someone copying what you do, or even trying to put you down on a public domain, but the good news is, customers come to you because they like YOU. You are the most unique selling point of your business, never forget that. Regardless of how good someone is at doing treatments, if they have terrible customer service and they’re unreliable, they will never get repeat custom. Think about how you want your business to be perceived, and let this guide you in everything you do.

 

 

 

The Importance of Self-Care When You’re Self-Employed

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You might love the freedom of being your own boss, but it can come at a price. It can be isolating, you can end up working really long hours, your earnings might be up and down, and you can end up feeling like you can never switch off. Does this sound familiar?

Setting up your own business is a huge achievement, but when you have to balance it with a busy family life and everything else that gets thrown at you, how do you find the time to take care of yourself?

Self-care is important for everybody, but it’s probably even more of a priority for people who are self-employed. How can you provide your clients with the best service and make the best decisions if you’re constantly exhausted and feeling burned out? You can’t.

Here are some of my top tips self-care tips for people who are self-employed.

Make time for yourself

This is non-negotiable if you want to be your best self. I don’t know about you, but I work harder now I’m self-employed than I ever did when I worked for a boss. But all work and no play leads to burnout and resentment. Your business is important, but it’s not everything. Time spent relaxing, doing things you enjoy, and being with family and friends is priceless. Nobody at the end of their lives wishes they had worked more.

Get into a routine

Your routine should not consist of work, work, and more work. Try to set regular working hours, and factor in rest, exercise, time for hobbies, and time with family and friends. One of the best things about being your own boss is that you’re in charge of your own diary-take advantage of it!

Be protective of your time

In these days of instant messaging and instant everything, it seems like everyone wants a reply to emails and messages straight away. I know you might feel obliged to reply at 10pm on a Saturday, but the fact is, you don’t have to, and you shouldn’t. You have to set boundaries between work and your own personal time. Decide that you won’t answer work-related messages after a certain time in the evening and set up an auto reply telling people when they can expect a response. Answering messages at all hours gives the impression that you’re always available. If you don’t protect your time, nobody else will.

Take care of your mind, body, and soul

Think about what your routine looks like overall. Do you do more things that deplete you rather than adding to your life and giving you a bit of a lift? If so, start bringing a bit more balance into your life by doing things that are good for your mind, body, and soul like having a massage, meditating, doing yoga, and having relaxing baths. Whatever is good for your soul, do more of that.

Be kind to yourself

Even if you love your business and being your own boss, it’s a steep learning curve. There’s a lot of trial and error, and not everyone knows everything about how to build a business (despite what you might see on social media!). Be kind to yourself if you make mistakes, or something doesn’t go as planned. Celebrate your achievements and don’t focus too much on what you think your shortcomings are.

Focus on a few goals rather than spinning plates

If you find that you’re constantly trying to do more of everything at once-posting more on Facebook, offering more services, doing more training, and doing more marketing, just slow down. There are only so many hours in the day, and unless you want an endless to do list forever, it makes sense to focus on one or two goals at a time. What is the most important thing for your business right now? Focus on that and you’ll get so much more done instead of trying to do a million things at once.

 

Train with us!

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.

 

 

Why Keeping Your Beauty Therapy Skills Up to Date is So Important

Beauty therapy CPD

Beauty Therapy is an industry that’s constantly changing, just like any other field of work you could name. There are always new treatments, techniques, products, standards, and guidelines coming in, so it’s important to keep on top of what’s going on and keep your skills up to date.

Continuing professional development (CPD) helps you to stay at the top of your game as a therapist, opens up new opportunities, and it gives your clients the peace of mind that you’re competent and qualified to a high standard.

The benefits of CPD

Keeping your skills up to date and gaining new qualifications helps you:

  • Keep up to date with what’s going on in the industry
  • Maintain and add to the knowledge and skills you need to give your clients an excellent service
  • Find new opportunities to advance in your career
  • Stay motivated and interested in your job. There’s nothing worse than the same old, same old
  • Raise standards in the beauty industry

Our courses

So you know that keeping your skills up to date is important, but sometimes it’s hard to find a course that’s relevant and fits around your life. Sometimes it’s hard to find courses that actually prepare you for doing treatments on real life clients. This is where Essential Beauty Academy comes in.

We run courses to suit both beginners and seasoned therapists, and our courses will teach you the knowledge and skills that will kickstart your beauty career, or take it to the next level.

We care about every learner who walks through our door, and that’s why our courses are taught in small groups. Everyone gets the attention and help they need, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where there’s no pressure to get things done. If there’s something you just can’t quite get, I’ll help you until you’re comfortable with it.

But don’t just take my word for it

We’ve worked with countless learners who’ve gone on to get fantastic jobs, or who have started their own businesses.

One of our beauty therapy students

My lovely learner Anouska has been in the industry for over 19 years. She’s a self-employed mobile therapist and for quite a few years, she’s juggled running her business with being a single parent. She didn’t have the time or the money to do extra qualifications to take her business forward, until this year. I spoke to her about what a difference doing the extra qualifications has made to her business and this is what she said;

“ I decided that this year is my year, so I contacted Stephanie and booked some nails courses, followed by Hopi Ear Candling, and a Lash Lift course. I’m so happy with what I’ve done so far. Stephanie has made me feel so positive and confident in what I’m doing. The atmosphere is so relaxed and my models have loved it. I definitely recommend the academy for all of your training needs.”

Would you like to learn add to your skills and offer your clients more?

Train with us!

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.