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Do You Ever Wonder Where You’re Going Wrong?

Sometimes, tough love is the only kind of method that gets results. When you feel like you’re not really winning at your job, or your business isn’t getting the results that you want, you have to look in on yourself and find out what’s going on. Here are three common mistakes that you could be making.


You’re Just Not Putting The Work In

First of all, you may think that you’re working really hard, but are you really? Don’t confuse being busy with being productive (which is what a lot of people do). Make sure that you are putting the work in where it counts, and not just showing up for the sake of it and you should start to see a difference in your results.


You’ve Lost Direction

It’s easy to forget why you’re doing what you’re doing, or feel like you don’t know what you need to do next. But the important thing here is to do something about it. So many of us lose direction, but you’re always going to stay lost in your business or your career unless you try to fight your way out of that funk.


You Think Talent Is Natural

If you ever look at others and think they’re doing so well because they were born talented, you may be wrong. Okay, so some people are naturally gifted, but the rest of us just have to work harder and learn a lot more. Just take the ten soft skills below. These are all things that you could learn to improve your chances of success.


Infographic Design By soft skills infographic by STL


3 Reasons You Need To Pay For Excel Training

If you’re just starting out in the business world, there is a reasonable chance you will think about employee training and which courses are most suitable for your team. Today, this article will make a case for ensuring people in particular positions within your company get appropriate training in using Excel. Read the information below.


Excel training will save you money

Firstly, it’s vital to note that people who know how to use Excel properly can save your business a lot of money. That is because you won’t have to spend a fortune on accounting or inventory software. Instead, you can use custom-made spreadsheets to do the same job.


Excel training will save you time

At some point, you will want to query sales information and work out financial and other trends within your organisation. When your team knows how to use Excel, that process can take a matter of minutes rather than days. So, you will save a significant amount of time.


Excel training will save you from disaster

If you don’t believe that Excel training can save your company from disaster, then it’s probably a sensible move to check out the infographic published at the bottom of this article. There are some shocking examples of how schoolboy errors can cost you dearly.


You should now understand why Excel training is vital to the success of your company in the long run. Arranging some in-house or outsourced courses for people working in your ordering and accounts departments is always a wise move.


Best of luck!

Infographic about how troublesome  Excel can be

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Beyond The Chair Of Running A Hairdressers

One the most used businesses in our daily lives is the hairdressers. It’s something that is in a bit of strange position. We don’t usually see it as a necessity such as we go grocery shopping. On the other hand, our hair isn’t going to stop growing, so we have to use it. Over time a salon or barber can become a sanctuary for some people. It’s a place they come to converse and share their joys and lows in their lives. It’s also a place where the end is going to be positive because getting a slick haircut uplifts your spirit and confidence. It’s totally understandable if you’re ready and excited about opening and running your own salon or beauty shop. However, like all businesses, there are some gremlins you have to flush out before you put your foot to the floor.

Protect yourself

All kinds of business need protection or varying sorts. It doesn’t matter if you sell fruit and vegetables, or cars and suits, you need to have a safety net. After all, you’re dealing with customers who have that human condition streak within them. One day they can be fine and agreeable, the next day they suddenly want to take you to court for something. What you salon business needs is insurance that is specific to its nature. It’s not just to shield yourself from angry clients but internal disputes that could cost you your business. If you have hired a stylist, they could somewhere down the road decide to break up with you and steal some of your business such as logos, branding etc. With adequate employer liability protection, you stand a high chance of sidestepping this battle.

Safe floors

Like a men’s barber but only higher, salons have a chance of causing an injury to a client because of the condition of the floors. Wet and dry hair litters the floor and makes it slippery. If someone is wearing inadequate footwear or perhaps is old and frail, slipping and falling can cause great injury. But at the same time, it can feel like trying to stem a tide with your hands. Hair is going to scour the floor of a salon no matter what. Taking the time to brush the floor regularly is a good stopgap measure, but really, you need to have a floor that provides friction. Wooden flooring may be stylish but not very practical for a salon. Instead, you can get rubber flooring tiles or a composite or plastic. With this kind of material, the soles of shoes gain more grip and less likely to slip even when hair is trapped underneath.


Section sections

Salons are a whirlwind of activity at the best of times. Some clients may want to highlight their hair, get a high-quality shampoo and conditioner, and or blow dry their style into a fixed position. For this to work safely, you have to section your sections properly. Keep one side purely for drying hair, another purely for water usage, and another where the initial and or final scissor cuts are made.

Barbers and salons are great places for the community to regularly come, spend their hard-earned money and feel good about themselves. But beyond the chair, running the business is just like any other. It’s complex, it’s risky but ultimately if done properly, incredibly rewarding.