the ugly truth about being your own boss

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The ugly truth about being your own boss…

Let me tell you a story…

Once upon a time there was a girl, who had her own nails done and loved them so much, she decided to become a nail tech herself.

She saved money for her first training, which apparently turned out to be a disaster, so she ended up doing more foundation courses.

The girl was investing a lot in her education both money and time. 

She was doing better and better with every set, so she decided to turn that passion into a business, to be her own boss…

The only problem was – that girl had no idea about the business and what it really takes to make it a success. 

But she didn’t worry! She was brave, had her passion and skills; and that’s enough, isn’t it!? Well… anyway, she was going for it!

The girl decided to open her own salon and… be her own boss! (it was so tempting and sounded sooooooo good!)

In fact, isn’t it every nail tech’s dream to own a salon? The very own place, which we can decorate as we like, be our own boss; and where we can enjoy doing nails all day long… What a beautiful dream isn’t it…?

So, she did it. She took the lease, renovated and decorated the place so nice, that it was the prettiest salon in the whole street! No one could compete with her place!

The girl was so happy – “I’m so happy now! I’ve got my own salon! I can do nails all day long now”…

But then something happened… The reality check!

Month after month the girl was getting busier and busier… but not with the clients only… 

All of the sudden, on the top of being a nail tech, she had to become a bookkeeper, an accountant, a cleaner, a marketer, a manager, a person responsible for the stock and orders, a receptionist, and do all those other jobs she didn’t want to do!

All she wanted was to do nails!… her dream wasn’t that perfect anymore… 


Yes, that girl was me.

I had that reality check. It was so overwhelming and depressing that time, but from the time perspective I’m so grateful for that experience. I was forced to learn completely new things, such as marketing, which I absolutely love and enjoy doing right now. I had to become a different person, determined, organized, disciplined. I had to change my way of thinking and seeing things. And I’m truly happy with that transformation!

The whole situation taught me, that if you want to be really successful in the business, as a nail technician, you have to learn about the business, marketing and success, as you learn new techniques and nail art. 

Yes, I know! I can hear what you’re saying right now – “but I cannot be bothered with all that – I want to do nails! I’m a creative person, not a business person”.

The ugly truth, which probably no one told you before, is that –

the sooner you realize you should be spending the same amount of time working on your business as you’re spending on improving your techniques, the faster and more successful you’ll become.

No matter if you want to open the salon, work from home, or as a mobile tech. 

This is what it really takes to be successful – whatever success, as a nail tech, means to you.

You can achieve amazing things – have your own salon, become an educator, a session stylist, travel around the world teaching others, or simply have fully booked columns every week, so that you can provide a nice living for yourself and your loved ones and be able to spend the time with them…

Whatever it is – you can have it!


Firstly – you must know what you want. Secondly – you need knowledge and a plan of action to get you there. 

I hope you find that out sooner rather than later, as it will save you from many negative feelings, disappointment and being overwhelmed.  

In fact, I’ll be running an unique challenge, free for all nail techs, who want work on their nail skills and turn their passion into a successful business. More details coming soon. I hope you’ll join me, as, apart from working together, we will have a lot of fun too! 🙂

I’d love to hear from you. Did you have a reality check yourself? Share it in comments below.

Love, Ela xx