Hi Lindy. Hair Salons are very challenging small businesses why did you open Bo Blonde?
I had been working as a manager in a Fremantle salon when I decided I needed a new challenge and to branch out on my own. I was lucky enough to find a fantastic premise in East Fremantle and opened Bo Blonde in the winter of 2009.
George Street is an amazing little boutique shopping strip tell us about your location?
We are located at 67 George Street, East Fremantle in a funky Brian Klopper converted brick warehouse. A fabulous street of shops, cafes, restaurants and people. We love our street.
How many staff do you have?
We currently have 6 staff members in our team, 4 seniors 2 juniors and will also be on the hunt for a new apprentice/baby this New Year! Applications welcome!
What products does your salon use and stock?
We use only the best products in the salon. Our favourites are Wella, Label M & Kevin Murphy and we have just introduced Olaplex, Cloud 9 and Evo Fabuloso pro.
Where did your business name come from ?
BoBlonde hairdressing comes from our knowledge and love of blondes! – Also a fun take on bottle blonde.
Is there a certain service you specialise in ?
Because of our name, we do ALOT of blondes. We love creating different variations of blonde tones, the options are endless. But we do love a shiny brunette as well, keeps things interesting!
What do you find is the biggest challenge when owning your own business?
The biggest challenge I find is finding the time and balance between family life and the business needs. The success of the salon is due to lots of hard work both during and after business hours. Staff training nights, courses, hair shows, balancing these with my two beautiful girls (and husband) are my biggest challenges.
Your best moment so far in business?
I feel my best moment so far would have to be branching out on my own. I went through a tough business partnership break up which taught me a lot of lessons. I made it through with the support of my fantastic staff at BoBlonde and my family. As a result we came out a stronger team. I learnt a lot from this experience which has made me a stronger young female business owner.
Your favourite quote or mantra?
‘’ Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress, working hard for something we love is called passion’’
Who do you look up to for inspiration or admire for their business growth?
Sydneys leading hair stylist Renya Xydis is my absolute idol. We were lucky enough to meet her at the 2015 sydney hair expo at her business breakfast (Alice in wonderland themed no less!)
What is your advice to Perth women wanting to start their own business or turning their hobby into a small business?
My advice would be “Go for it”. Realize your dream and make it happen. Get the support from your loved ones as they will be the people you turn to during tough times and if they are anything like my family they will be the ones who will help you celebrate during the good times!
What is your vision for your business? To keep the spirit of BoBlonde alive and keep achieving our goals. Quality staff training is a must, providing first class apprenticeships and keeping all our clients happy.