“Every cosmetologist comes to a point in their career when it makes more sense to be his or her own boss,” Megan Jones says.
—Megan Jones, Cosmetologist
“Every cosmetologist comes to a point in their career when it makes more sense to be his or her own boss,” Megan Jones says. “The numbers don’t lie. The hardest thing I have had to deal with in my career was making the choice to leave my former salon to go out on my own, but it undoubtedly has been the best decision.”
Megan’s career choice was driven by three primary factors: family, money and independence. “Family is my number one priority,” she adds. “Working for myself, I can be in charge of my schedule. When I was still employed at the salon, and when I looked at how much money I was making for the salon versus how much money I was bringing home, I knew I needed to be on my own. I saw many of my old coworkers missing things like family reunions, baseball games and dinner with the family just because they weren’t able to take time off from work. Being my own boss means I don’t have to ask permission from anyone to do that.”
Since Megan has become a small business owner, she’s started looking out for local businesses as well, making numerous donations to area schools, animal rescues, and independent causes. She’s also touched the lives of patrons of all ages.
“My most unexpected surprise has been how close my guests and I can become. I’ve laughed and cried with my guests. I never would have imagined that I could have this strong of a bond with them, and the bonds are only growing stronger! I love that part of my career.”
When asked what she thinks about the growing threats against independent contractors issued by state and federal bureaucrats, Jones doesn’t mince words. “I don’t need anyone to tell me what is best for my business if they haven’t been in my shoes. I’ve been very successful so far. In fact, maybe I could give them some tips on how to run their business!”