We had the good fortune of connecting with Onisha Claire and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Onisha, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
When I first began working my own business 10 years ago, money was so tight that I could not AFFORD balance!
Sometimes in business One has way more money than time but in the beginning I had more time than money.
There was no team to delegate to and there are a lot of moving parts to a Brick & mortar, serviced base business – including setting up systems, administrative tasks, building awareness to drive traffic … even tech support!!
So it seemed like I was working day and night.
Now that the work has paid off, my life is so much simpler!
My goal was always to achieve the consistency and reliability of having a regular job…but with unlimited earning potential and on my own terms, which is what my business now provides.
What should our readers know about your business?
I help Salon Studio & Spa Owners generate six figures with no employees, no followers and no burnout!
After owning the largest Black Owned Nail Salon in the Country (Koco Nail Salon & Wax Studio), winning National Awards and generating millions of dollars in revenue I found myself getting buried under the weight of my own success!! There were magazine articles, TV shows & celebrities but I had to also manage my staff, clients and resources… I found my SELF getting lost.
I made the difficult decision to sell my businesses and downsize.
The peace that I found as a Salon Studio Owner (with no employees) helped me recognize that the notion of “bigger is better” represents an unsustainable psychosis in America that often leaves small business owners stressed, broke and broken. I think it is exponentially more detrimental for Women, who are the overwhelming majority of owners in in the Beauty Industry.
The Beauty industry is shifting away from traditional salons to Suites and Salon Studio models staffed with Independent Contractors or Solo Owner Operators.
When I would attend the big conferences or invest in business training programs the conversations were always directed towards big salons – leaving the new breed of Beauty Business owners in the wind to figure out how or if their business model could work.
I recognized that the industry needed a blue print that simplifies the Solo Salon Studio model in a way that generates efficient, consistent revenues without the burnout often associated with being an Owner Operator.
So I created a coaching program, course and book – Book, Busy & Balanced: The Overachiever’s guide to owning a Six Figure Salon Studio with no employees, no followers and no burnout.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When I’m in Atlanta I have to go the West end! We are going to go shop at the Afro Centric Network, have lunch at Soul Vegetarian and find a Karaoke spot for drinks later!
When I’m in Philadelphia, we have to go Chatayee Thai on a Monday for happy hour and a drag show and walk through downtown to get some Insomnia cookies. *skips cheese steaks because my fav vegan cheese steak closed due to the pandemic 🙁 *
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Dad deserves so much credit! Not only was he my first Investor and unofficial Board Member…My Dad is also a natural Visionary and he always had a BIG vision for me and my business, which really helped when times were tough and made the good times so much more meaningful!
My Dad was a staple at my first salon, he scouted the location for my corporate office…. he was my plus one at award shows…he would drive me where ever… to work with my Celebrity Clients!
By far my Dad is the Best and I could not have done any of it with out his help and guidance!
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