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Business Builders for Indies

Chad Clark shares his best business-builders, which he personally used with great success when moving from LA to the “central valley,” where high ticket prices don’t fly.

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The Five-Star Stylist

Judit Hillman emigrated from Romania to pursue her American dream, but she mastered five-star service before venturing out on her own.

Career Interrupted

When Tyra Lynn Wahl married a military man, she had to build and re-build her business from California to South Carolina. Business cards, referral programs and a strong educational foundation served her every time.

The Full-Circle Career

After owning a salon for 14 years, Paul Orlandi went solo to re-focus on educating. The payoffs were huge.

The Other Social Network

Corrine Mathison used what mentors taught her, client relationships and referrals to build and maintain her business. She doesn’t even have a Facebook page.

The Happy Hairdresser

After years learning the business aspects of salons, Brandi Crosson realized she was only truly happy when she was doing hair. Her background helped her build business fast.

Mastering Client-Communication Skills

In addition to educating for Wella Professionals, Peg Cribari founded her own Cribari Advanced Salon Seminars.

Running a Rental Business like a Co-op

When Amy Sawyer and two others took over the space at Sanctuary in Narragansett, RI, they decided to run it like a co-op with independent businesses. Here’s how it works: When you run your own business, you can choose any business allies ...

Monica Byrne, Master of Her Own Domain

When Monica Byrne built-out a private studio in her own back yard, she had to attract clients closer to home. Not a problem for this outgoing master colorist.

The Perfect Partners

Julie Yokoyama has thrived working solo for nearly 30 years and put two daughters through college on her earnings, all by choosing the right clients for her.

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