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10 Steps to Grow Your Beauty Supply Venture into a Successful Business

10 Steps to Grow Your Beauty Supply Venture into a Successful Business

Beauty supply businesses will stock all types of products for hair and skin, as well as cosmetics. These types of stores are common in most cities large and small, and are on the internet as well. If you are interested in starting your own beauty supply venture, follow these steps to help with your success.

Have a Business Plan

This is what should be done first and foremost. Plan the first, third, and fifth years. The business plan needs to be in depth and needs to be reviewed every year. A good business plan is essential if you need to borrow money, and it also comes in handy to remind you of your business goals and to see just how much you have achieved.

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Business Type

Will you be acting as a sole trader or will this be a limited company? Will the business be mobile, home-based or on a rented commercial spot? Depending on where the business is based, you will find different considerations. For example if working at a home-base you will need to notify the mortgage provider and insurance company to ensure that it is legal to set up a business at home. You will need to also register with the local counsel and apply for business license.

Name

What will your business name be? When you choose a name you must check with the IPO (Intellectual Property Office) that it is not already registered or has a registered trademark. Remember that your company should have a long-term plan, so the name should be quirky and memorable. When the name begins with the letter that is earlier in the alphabet, the higher it will be listed in directories.

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The Budget

Will you be needing a loan? If this is the case, how are you afford to pay it back, are you aware of the loan terms, do you know what the interest payments will be? What equipment do you already possess? What will you need to buy? You’ll need to factor in equipment costs and budget outlay when you are compiling a cash flow outline.

Insurance

Having the proper insurance is extremely important and necessary in order for you to work. It is there for not only your protection but the protection of the clients. You have to obtain public and product liability insurance as well as professional indemnity. In order to keep this up-to-date, you have to send copies of any new qualifications that you have obtained, so that you can remain covered for everything that you are offering.

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Treatments, Pricing, Products

Decide which treatments you will offer and price them accordingly. Choose the products that you will be using, and stock up on any retail that you will carry. It is suggested to only have a small about of retail as it is “dead” money.

Finance

Be sure to set up a bank account and consider which types of payment you’ll be taking and how you will keep a log of the transactions. Register for the HMRC within the first few months of trading. Get a good accountant, and set up a cash book to record daily income and expenditures.

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Customers/Managing

Think about how you will advertise and manage the business. What about a website? The best way to build a website is to utilize free templates. There are plenty of companies on the internet that provide free templates, which is very cost-effective especially for someone who is just starting out and funds are tight.

Web-based applications also assist business owners to automatically manage their businesses online and give them freedom to utilize additional time to do other important tasks. A web app developer can assist in this case, or there are plenty of app development platforms persons can use to build a DIY mobile or web app in minutes.

Competitors

Stay aware of the competitors, products, services, promotions and offers, new trends, new treatments and techniques, etc. You should have a unique selling point. This is what will set you apart from everyone else. You should be aware of this when you’re writing your business plan.

Wholesale Accounts

You should open wholesale accounts with the distributors and manufacturers of beauty supplies. You can call or email the companies with a list of products you would like to sale and ask how to obtain a wholesale account. Generally you’re required to provide proof of being in business to get the discount.

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Last Updated on April 25, 2019

How to Write a Career Change Resume (With Examples)

How to Write a Career Change Resume (With Examples)

Shifting careers, tiny or big, can be paralyzing. Whether your desire for a career change is self-driven or involuntary, you can manage the panic and fear by understanding ‘why’ you are making the change.

Your ability to clearly and confidently articulate your transferable skills makes it easier for employers to understand how you are best suited for the job or industry.

A well written career change resume that shows you have read the job description and markets your transferable skills can increase your success for a career change.

3 Steps to Prepare Your Mind Before Working on the Resume

Step 1: Know Your ‘Why’

Career changes can be an unnerving experience. However, you can lessen the stress by making informed decisions through research.

One of the best ways to do this is by conducting informational interviews.[1] Invest time to gather information from diverse sources. Speaking to people in the career or industry that you’re pursuing will help you get clarity and check your assumptions.

Here are some questions to help you get clear on your career change:

  • What’s your ideal work environment?
  • What’s most important to you right now?
  • What type of people do you like to work with?
  • What are the work skills that you enjoy doing the most?
  • What do you like to do so much that you lose track of time?
  • Whose career inspires you? What is it about his/her career that you admire?
  • What do you dislike about your current role and work environment?

Step 2: Get Clear on What Your Transferable Skills Are[2]

The data gathered from your research and informational interviews will give you a clear picture of the career change that you want. There will likely be a gap between your current experience and the experience required for your desired job. This is your chance to tell your personal story and make it easy for recruiters to understand the logic behind your career change.

Make a list and describe your existing skills and experience. Ask yourself:

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What experience do you have that is relevant to the new job or industry?

Include any experience e.g., work, community, volunteer, or helping a neighbour. The key here is ANY relevant experience. Don’t be afraid to list any tasks that may seem minor to you right now. Remember this is about showcasing the fact that you have experience in the new area of work.

What will the hiring manager care about and how can you demonstrate this?

Based on your research you’ll have an idea of what you’ll be doing in the new job or industry. Be specific and show how your existing experience and skills make you the best candidate for the job. Hiring managers will likely scan your resume in less than 7 seconds. Make it easy for them to see the connection between your skills and the skills that are needed.

Clearly identifying your transferable skills and explaining the rationale for your career change shows the employer that you are making a serious and informed decision about your transition.

Step 3: Read the Job Posting

Each job application will be different even if they are for similar roles. Companies use different language to describe how they conduct business. For example, some companies use words like ‘systems’ while other companies use ‘processes’.

When you review the job description, pay attention to the sections that describe WHAT you’ll be doing and the qualifications/skills. Take note of the type of language and words that the employer uses. You’ll want to use similar language in your resume to show that your experience meets their needs.

5 Key Sections on Your Career Change Resume (Example)

The content of the examples presented below are tailored for a high school educator who wants to change careers to become a client engagement manager, however, you can easily use the same structure for your career change resume.

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Don’t forget to write a well crafted cover letter for your career change to match your updated resume. Your career change cover letter will provide the context and personal story that you’re not able to show in a resume.

1. Contact Information and Header

Create your own letterhead that includes your contact information. Remember to hyperlink your email and LinkedIn profile. Again, make it easy for the recruiter to contact you and learn more about you.

Example:

Jill Young

Toronto, ON | [email protected] | 416.222.2222 | LinkedIn Profile

2. Qualification Highlights or Summary

This is the first section that recruiters will see to determine if you meet the qualifications for the job. Use the language from the job posting combined with your transferable skills to show that you are qualified for the role.

Keep this section concise and use 3 to 4 bullets. Be specific and focus on the qualifications needed for the specific job that you’re applying to. This section should be tailored for each job application. What makes you qualified for the role?

Example:

Qualifications Summary

  • Experienced managing multiple stakeholder interests by building a strong network of relationships to support a variety of programs
  • Experienced at resolving problems in a timely and diplomatic manner
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and ensure collaboration while meeting tight timelines

3. Work Experience

Only present experiences that are relevant to the job posting. Focus on your specific transferable skills and how they apply to the new role.

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How this section is structured will depend on your experience and the type of career change you are making.

For example, if you are changing industries you may want to list your roles before the company name. However, if you want to highlight some of the big companies you’ve worked with then you may want to list the company name first. Just make sure that you are consistent throughout your resume.

Be clear and concise. Use 1 to 4 bullets to highlight your relevant work experiences for each job you list on your resume. Ensure that the information demonstrates your qualifications for the new job. Remember to align all the dates on your resume to the right margin.

Example:

Work Experience

Theater Production Manager 2018 – present

YourLocalTheater

  • Collaborated with diverse groups of people to ensure a successful production while meeting tight timelines

4. Education

List your formal education in this section. For example, the name of the degrees you received and the school who issued it. To eliminate biases, I would recommend removing the year you graduated.

Example:

Education

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  • Bachelor of Education, University of Western Ontario
  • Bachelor of Theater Studies with Honors, University of British Columbia

5. Other Activities or Interests

When you took an inventory of your transferable skills, what experiences were relevant to your new career path (that may not fit in the other resume sections?).

Example:

Other Activities

  • Mentor, Pathways to Education
  • Volunteer lead for coordinating all community festival vendors

Bonus Tips

Remember these core resume tips to help you effectively showcase your transferable skills:

  • CAR (Context Action Result) method. Remember that each bullet on your resume needs to state the situation, the action you took and the result of your experience.
  • Font. Use modern Sans Serif fonts like Tahoma, Verdana, or Arial.
  • White space. Ensure that there is enough white space on your resume by adjusting your margins to a minimum of 1.5 cm. Your resume should be no more than two pages long.
  • Tailor your resume for each job posting. Pay attention to the language and key words used on the job posting and adjust your resume accordingly. Make the application process easy on yourself by creating your own resume template. Highlight sections that you need to tailor for each job application.
  • Get someone else to review your resume. Ideally you’d want to have someone with industry or hiring experience to provide you with insights to hone your resume. However, you also want to have someone proofread your resume for grammar and spelling errors.

The Bottom Line

It’s essential that you know why you want to change careers. Setting this foundation not only helps you with your resume, but can also help you to change your cover letter, adjust your LinkedIn profile, network during your job search, and during interviews.

Ensure that all the content on your resume is relevant for the specific job you’re applying to.

Remember to focus on the job posting and your transferable skills. You have a wealth of experience to draw from – don’t discount any of it! It’s time to showcase and brand yourself in the direction you’re moving towards!

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