December 20, 2014 08:19
Cha Hong is a young hairstylist who started a successful business in the highly competitive hairstyling market with 82,000 hair salons across the country as of 2011. She now has three salons under her name only three years after she opened her first shop in 2011. She has particularly made her name known with simple tips that anybody can use to enhance their looks and often appeared in TV shows.
Cha shared her key to success without hesitation, and that is "investing in people she works with."
"There are a lot more hair salons in the country than people think, and the number keeps growing," said Cha. "From day one, I knew it was very important to spend money to nurture staffers. There is a high turnover rate in this industry. As soon as a hairdresser starts to gain a reputation, he or she can get scouted by other hair salons."
After graduating from high school, Cha started to work in a hair salon owned by her aunt. "When I was young, I didn't know what I liked to do, so I took lots of different part-time jobs," she said. "I used to sell clothes, shoes, and had many other jobs. Then I coincidentally discovered my talent while working in a hair salon. In retrospect, I think what's really important is passion. If you think you've found something that suits you, don't get distracted and just get on with it."
She has achieved a lot at a somewhat young age, but she does not plan to stop there. "I have three goals. Firstly, I want to work more on simple and easy self-styling tips to help people make themselves look good. Secondly, I want to manage my academy well. I think it's important to constantly retrain staff. If the academy expands, I want to provide training opportunities not only to my staff but to others as well. Lastly, I want to open shops in London and Paris in seven years."
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