As usual, I was behind the chair for 8 hours today doing hair. I had great clients from start to finish and lots of laughs along the way. I have had many people actually say to me..."You really don't work do you?" Well, I actually do...or at least my aching feet say I do at the end of a long day. But I understand what they mean when they say this. I am not really confined by a definitive set of rules outlined by an overbearing boss or corporation. I set my own hours, I listen to my clients needs and wants, try to meet them and generally have great conversations along the way. I work in a salon my husband built for me within our home so I have no commute and I get to go to the bathroom on my own toilet when the need arises during the day.
Working for myself has gone exceptionally well once I set boundaries for myself and my clients. I had to make specific hours and stick with them. I had to stay within a certain number of clients so that I could take care of all the ones I have had for years. The one aspect I love the most about not working for a corporation is the leeway I have when it comes to money. When times have been lean or clients haven't had the wherewithal to pay, I have been able to do the work and either release them from the debt or postpone the payment to a later date.
I have seen so many woman walk into my shop feeling down and undone with a bad hair day. Color overdue or a cut that is driving them crazy. Only to see them skip out the door an hour or two later with a fresh "do" that has made their life better. To be able to give that gift is a great feeling. Don't get me wrong, I'm not behind the chair for my health - I need to make money for my household. But occasionally I get the opportunity to send a gift certificate to someone I know that is strapped financially and can't make an appointment with me or to make sure a mom feels better about herself from a simple haircut.
I am not trying to toot my own horn, but on the eve of Thanksgiving, I have to say that I am grateful to work in a job that allows me to give to others. And in the end, isn't that what it's all about?
Community and giving.
And me, being thankful.