Salon Success Academy graduate Candice Freis and her family are opening an innovative new business concept in the beauty industry in Upland, California. If all goes as planned after the opening of Couture Salon Studios in October, the family plans on expanding the business and opening more locations.
Salon studios are a relatively new concept that allows beauty professionals to own their own business, without a large investment. Independent contractors can rent a studio, which they can then decorate and personalize for their business. The studios allow licensed hair stylists, barbers, estheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists to be their own boss for a fraction of the price that it costs to open a salon or spa.
“It's a no-brainer for those with an entrepreneurial spirit. You get to avoid the drama of working in a traditional salon and focus on your clients and your passion. It really allows you to do your best work,” Candice said.
Couture Salon Studios has 30 studios available for rent in three different sizes, half of which have already been rented out. Each studio includes salon chairs, mirrors, shampoo bowls, cabinetry, hard wood flooring, furniture, and a chandelier. The only things independent contractors will need to supply themselves are their tools and products; although Candice is offering $600 towards retail products when a person signs a lease.
Couture Salon Studios will also be offering ongoing educational classes, as part of their promise to deliver consistent business and marketing support to their tenants. This will consist of cut, color, and skincare classes given by outside educators, as well as marketing and social media seminars.
Candice knows what she's talking about when it comes to marketing. She worked in marketing for about 10 years before she left her position to stay at home with her young children. When her kids left for school, Candice was ready to pursue a new career path and enrolled in the cosmetology program at Salon Success Academy in Upland. After she graduated in 2010, Candice began renting a studio at Sola Salon Studios in Rancho Cucamonga.
“At Salon Success Academy, we had an assignment where we had to design our own salon. Ever since then, I knew that's what I wanted to do. I knew it was really expensive, but then I learned about the salon studios concept,” Candice said. “The day I did my first cut and color in my own studio was one of the best days of my life. It was like it was my own world and everything was just the way I wanted it to be.”
Candice spent a lot of time marketing her services and building her clientele base, with little support from the salon studio. While she was happy working as an independent contractor, she felt the overall salon studios experience could be improved. When she told her husband and father in-law her idea, they immediately jumped on board.
The family began shopping for salon studios locations in March. They found an old gym at 141 West Foothill Boulevard in Upland that they thought would work perfectly. The building is currently undergoing construction and is slated to open in October 2013. Candice won't be working behind the chair anymore because she plans on being the full-time property manager. Couture Salon Studios will also have a receptionist and salon coordinator, as well as two lounge areas with gourmet coffee.
If you would like more information on Couture Salon Studios, please call 949-382-4393.
Candice is busy climbing her way to the top of the beauty industry and it all started at Salon Success Academy! Salon Success Academy has been training top professionals in the beauty industry for over 50 years now. The school offers hands on training in cosmetology, esthetics, and nail technology at its five locations throughout the Inland Empire of California in Redlands, Fontana, Upland, San Bernardino, and Corona. If you would like to learn more about training for a new career with Salon Success Academy, please fill out the form or call 877-987-HAIR (4247).
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About Salon Success Academies
Salon Success Academy offers five locations in California's Inland Empire, in Redlands, Fontana, Upland, San Bernardino, and Corona. Our mission at SSA involves caring for every student as a member of our family, furnishing the chance to finish their educational objectives as affordably as possible. SSA incorporates first-hand, real-world practice of the principles of cosmetology, skin care, and nail artistry. The campus teams with members of the beauty industry to educate our graduates on the technical and customer service skills they need to succeed in their careers.
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