World renowned barber Alan Beak’s top tips to get your hair or beauty business 2023 ready

By Alan Beak on January 18th, 2023

Running your own business in the hair and beauty industry can be tough, with everything from finances to marketing to team management to consider. Alan Beak, Ruger Barber Director, Ambassador for hair and beauty booking app Booksy and Salon Gold Superstar gives his top tips to get your business 2023- ready.

There are many barber shops and service-providing industries, and we fight constantly with new businesses opening, which is great for whatever industry you’re in as it shows growth in that field. However, if you want to continue to grow, then you must look at what other people are offering and do more, or do better. So if you find the start of the year a quieter time, you can use this time wisely to vamp up your shop, upskill, and network as much as you can.

Prepare for everything

Preparation for everything this year is paramount. We’ve decided to sit down as a team and brainstorm any issue we may face – things like quiet times, no-shows, and late cancellations. Now we have our list of possible difficulties, we will put processes in place like marketing techniques and setting up no-show protection. The key is to make sure all avenues are covered.

Get (and stay) organised

Staying organised is essential for a well-oiled business and making sure you keep yourself and everyone happy. I like having 30 minutes every morning to create a job list and allocate time to work on these jobs during the day. If I try to do them in between clients I can easily lose track and get lost, so having set times during the day that I block out is better. I always used the acronym FOCUS, which stands for Following One Course Until Successful.

Keep flexible

Certain jobs take precedence over others and can change as the day or week goes on, so when I do my job list, I often put a star next to the jobs of higher priority. If a staff member becomes ill and appointments need changing or rescheduling this automatically becomes high priority, as our clients are the most important people and it’s imperative they are taken care of and not messed around.

Utilise word-of-mouth

Boosting your business in 2023 is about your services and experience. Having an online presence is great and looks fantastic to your peers. More importantly though, you want a better physical following than a virtual one, and that’s my advice for the year. Focus on the people that come into the shop and word of mouth will spread about how amazing your place is and how well they were treated and taken care of.

Plan ahead

I tend to plan as I go as things change constantly. Having a planner and detailed calendar is so important for me to be organised. If an external job comes in and I need to book out my time on Booksy I try to do this as early as possible to make sure I don’t have to reschedule many appointments, but should something short notice arrive, I know I can reach my entire client list with the message blast system and get a message to everyone with no hassle.

About Alan and Booksy

Hair and beauty booking app Booksy allows customers to access hair, beauty, and wellness treatments in their local area 24/7 without any of the fuss of back-and-forth phone calls. Once registered and logged in, it takes just ten seconds for users to find and book a suitable, local appointment at a time to suit, streamlining the booking process and saving customers time and hassle.

Alan and Reece Beak are brothers from Manchester who boast over 18 years of combined experience in the hair industry. They combined their vast talents and created Ruger in 2014 and since then, their presence in the barbering world is undeniably one of the biggest in the UK. Having been trained in traditional Italian barbering, ladies’ hairdressing, and Afro-Caribbean styles, they have become the hybrid of barbers and are increasingly in demand.

Alan Beak

Alan Beak is Director and Co Founder of RUGER barbers, runs a coffee business, a coworking space, has a property portfolio, a product brand and new venture as a motivational speaker under the brand ‘Beak Inspired’. Alan is a WAHL UK Creative Director, a BOOKSY Ambassador and is also one our new Salon Gold Superstars.

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