The Path to Becoming a Salon Owner – How to Thrive Amongst Challenges

 In this week’s Big Money Stylist Podcast NBR Educator Sarah Stephenson welcomes Licensed NBR Artist Amanda Smith on the podcast, the visionary owner of 573 Studio, nestled in the heart of Columbia, Missouri.

Amanda shared her inspiring journey of taking the brave step of opening her salon amid the challenging backdrop of the pandemic.

Making the Leap

Amanda’s journey to salon ownership was powered by her unwavering determination to craft a haven tailored to her client’s unique needs, one that offered a deeply personalized experience.

Recognizing the winds of change in her life, she decided to seize the opportunity that presented itself. This profound shift in her mindset propelled her to take a leap of faith, leading her into an exciting new chapter in her career.

Balancing Personal and Professional Life

While building a business can be an all-encompassing endeavor, Amanda discusses the paramount importance of nurturing personal relationships and fulfilling responsibilities outside of work.

She wholeheartedly acknowledges the need for balance between her professional aspirations and her family life, making sure she remains present for her loved ones while chasing her dreams.

Continuous Education

Amanda’s commitment to lifelong learning is readily apparent through her decision to keep attending classes even after graduating.

She firmly believes that the pursuit of self-improvement knows no bounds and that staying attuned to the latest techniques and trends is a vital aspect of professional evolution. By embracing a growth mindset, Amanda ensures she stays at the forefront of the industry.

Embracing Change

Amanda’s transformative mindset shift enabled her to not only embrace change but to adapt to new circumstances gracefully.

Her advice to others is to welcome change with open arms and to banish the fear of making decisions.

She stresses that it’s perfectly okay to pivot and make course corrections along the way. By remaining flexible and open-minded, anyone can navigate challenges and seize fresh opportunities.

Trusting the Process

Amanda’s guiding philosophy is to place trust in the process and have faith that things will unfold as they’re meant to.

She firmly believes that when something feels right and flows effortlessly, it’s a sign that it’s meant to be.

Conversely, if obstacles and resistance abound, it may be a signal that it’s not the right time or path.

By putting her faith in the journey, Amanda has walked her path with unwavering confidence and resilience.

Amanda’s story serves as a testament to the extraordinary power of mindset shifts and their capacity to transform lives.

Through her embrace of change, the quest for balance, and pursuit of personal and professional growth, she has crafted not only a flourishing salon but also a fulfilling personal life.

Amanda’s journey stands as an inspiration to all, encouraging them to step beyond their comfort zones, trust the unfolding process, and chase their dreams with unwavering determination and resilience.

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Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith, a Licensed NBR Artist based in Columbia, Missouri, brings her passion for transformations and her love for family into her work. 

With over a decade of experience in extensions and starting her NBR Journey in 2019, Amanda understands that everyone’s needs and routines are unique.

Her goal is to enhance her client’s natural beauty, boosting their confidence and helping them be their best version.

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