It really isn't an issue if you haven't yet started a business. It's fabulous to have dreams and plans but sometimes I think people "overshare".
Some spas do have a non-compete clause...usually it's that you will not work for anyone else within x miles, and may also include opening your own biz, and may include something about seeing clients of that spa.
I have my own business and I also have a part time job at a spa. I purposefully chose a place that was in the opposite direction from my house. They are so far apart that I am not in competition at all...needless to say I do not give details of either one to clients. The spa is well aware that I have my own biz - I was upfront about this. In the past, if I was working at more than one place, I always made sure that I was honest with everyone about that.
Best advice - don't worry yourself into an anxiety attack over things that haven't happened and might not ever happen. Keep pursuing your goals...make a plan and take positive steps towards realizing your goal.
Only tell trusted people about your plans...you don't have to tell everyone!
As an employer, I assume everyone who works for me either has or wants to have their own business -- be it massage or skin care.
So long as you are up front about it with me and behave honestly and professionally, that is all I can ask, But often, that is too much to ask of too many people these days.
This means NEVER mentioning to clients you have your own business. They don't know, they don't care, and they won't ask, so don't volunteer, just like you would not start discussing your dating life with one of my clients. When you work for me you only represent me and my business to MY clients. Yes, they are MY clients if you met them under my roof. You will have YOUR clients when you actually start your own business and spend the money on client acquisition, and you can tell them all about your business, dating life, favorite color and whatever you think is appropriate to talk about with YOUR clients.
This also means treating my business on par with your own. No calling out sick/ coming in late because you had a client request during time you are working for me. You have to be able to keep your business and your aspirations SEPARATE from your role as my employee.
This usually comes up in discussion when you are going over your available days and hours.
First thing I get clear on is WHEN I am available to work for them. I tell them that I have a see private clients on the other days. If they don't need me those days - or if they would be more interested in someone who would be available more, then they have the opportunity to pass on me right then. Neither one of us wants to get all the way thru the interview process for nothing!
I have been part-time at a spa for almost a year....I haven't added any additional days or hours. But I HAVE had a few clients ask me why I am not there more days...so you do need to be prepared with an acceptable answer once you are working there.
Really - in this business it is extremely difficult to make ends meet with just one "job". Business owners need to be realistic...if they want someone available ALL the time, then they need to make sure that they are offering a living wage or have enough business to offer a real income. Not everyone lives with their parents or is married with a spouse's additional income. There is a real disconnect between what most are willing to pay and what they expect from an employee. (IMO)
Cindy you are sooooo right about employers being realistic about livable wages. Truth be told you could be living with your spouse at your parents house and still struggling. Back to the issue....Nina everyone I've ever worked with in this business has a second job or is still in school. Not all jobs have non-compete clauses but most do. I had to choose between two job offers before and it's not fun. Weigh your options or leave it out of the conversation completely.
Cindy you are sooooo right about employers being realistic about livable wages
Just out of curiosity, what do you consider a livable wage?
Business owners need to be realistic
Employees need to be equally realistic and understand a business has to be profitable, or there is not job or wage or income.
Employees also have to understand that when the text out of work with no explanation and don't return a text for two day, the person left holding the bag and having to comp pissed of clients is the business, not the technician who groused about a "living wage"
The reality is, jobs pay what they are worth. When people won't take them, then they end up being "worth" more.
If someone is married with a supporting spouse or living at home and will take the job for $8/hour + commission, why should someone else get $12/hour + higher commission?
There is a real disconnect between what most are willing to pay and what they expect from an employee
What specifically do you see as the disconnect between what is being paid and what is being expected?
and they expected me to be fully available 100% of the time.
Were you an employee? What was the agreed to compensation structure?
Sometimes they would even make appointments the night before, and then ask if I could come in the next morning. Even if I made plans for that morning already
Did you not have a set work schedule? I thought they wanted you there "all the time"?
but they did not want to pay me what I should have gotten
Then you should not have taken the position. If you agreed to the pay, how is it NOT what you should have gotten when they told you it was what you would get?
the fact that I was constantly running back and fourth like that to meet their expectations
Again, I am confused. If you were expected to be there all the time, where were you running back and forth from?
no commission on the very large amount of product I was selling, (which was promised too)...
...they had promised me a livable hourly salary, and despite the fact that I held up to my side of the bargain, that never happened...
I know there are many employees who experience similar situations
I disagree. If you are an employee, you MUST be compensated for your work. Period. They can't refuse to pay you or pay you less than was stipulated in your employment agreement.