I threw away my business plan, got a coach, opened my salon in six months, and made a profit in the first 30 days.
Let’s flashback to a few weeks prior to my initial phone call. When I began coaching with Destroy The Hairdresser, I had a goal to open a salon. I was researching feverishly into the night. I had spreadsheets, lists, and ideas. I was formulating a plan and doing my best to get it all on paper. I had given myself a goal, but what was I researching? How to Write a Business Plan.
I reached a point in my research where I didn’t know anyone else to ask. I realized I didn’t have a mentor. Other hairdressers and colleagues were asking me advice and I had no one to ask except the internet. The internet is not a great mentor. Yet, I was determined to write this business plan because that’s “the process”. Even after I signed up with Destroy the Hairdresser, I was still researching and working on this imaginary plan. I expected that I would get a template from my coach, David, at some point because I was in the leadership program. Wrong!
With DTH I was doing all of the other internal work. I was transforming my thinking and destroying my old patterns and fears. Yet I was toiling away on this document. Of course, it is a necessary step for some, if you need to secure a loan. I had already secured my funding and was still working on my laptop into the night trying to create Excel sheets. Imagine it... me, a hairdresser with an art degree making spreadsheets, pretending to know what I’m doing!
Why does any of this matter? I realized I didn’t trust myself or ask for help. Trust yourself and ask for help. I didn’t trust myself for a long time. I trusted parts, but not the whole. I learned that I am much better suited to create the vision and empower people than I am toiling over spreadsheets and a plan. There are a lot of people that love spreadsheets and budgets but not me. I now ask for help and delegate those duties. Plus the plan is a projection. It’s an imaginary *cross your fingers* plan of what might happen.
I threw away my business plan because I learned how to trust myself and my strengths, and to also trust the strengths of others.
Throw away your business plan, get a coach, get where you want to be in six months, and make a profit in the first 30 days.