Karie Bennett, owner of two Atelier Salon locations near San Jose, California, is no stranger to opening salons. She has built out new locations three times in her history as a salon owner, and is very familiar with all the bumps in the road.
But when it came to opening her third location, everything was different. This time, she was buying an existing salon rather than creating her own space. She was also purchasing it with a partner—something she had never done before. And, probably the biggest challenge she faced—her brand-new, built-in staff were all independent contractors.
Sound daunting? She was also attempting to achieve the sale and opening of the salon in the last two weeks of December—a time when the whole country goes on vacation.