If your fearful of becoming a salon owner, then today’s podcast is set up to inspire you. Let me introduce you to today’s guest Sophie Bullivant – aka Colour Me Sophie B ™. A Master Colour Expert, Sophie reveals big in this episode on what made her frightened of her owning a salon business. The turning point came after receiving some one-to-one business coaching, that she credits to the shift of mindset to her becoming a salon owner by saying, “I can do this”. In 2017 Sophie opened her salon business, Colour Me Sophie B. The rest is history.

Describing herself as a normal (sassy) hairdresser, Sophie is the heartbeat of what it means to be an everyday salon owner in 2020. Though her career journey has not always been plain sailing. Fighting through a global recession and a sheer lack of education led her constantly fully booked column to drastically drop off. This was devastating for Sophie. But with her never give up attitude saw her through these bleak times that has led her to the where she is today. This story of her’s shines through in today’s episode.

With her fun personality, it’s hard to ignore her infectious style on social media. Never shy of her uniques sassy social posts, she’s caught the attention of the industry – and most importantly successfully marketed her salon business to the consumer. Something she rightly sees as the most important part of her social media strategy.

Sophie conquered her fear of launching her own salon business, and you can too! With her small everyday salon business thriving, she is the role model many need for finding success. As Sophie simply says of her success, “We make our guests feel as good on the inside as they feel on the outside.” So ask yourself: Is it time to let go of your fear and take the big step to launching your salon business? You can do this!


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Today’s Guest

One of those incredibly lucky people, Master Colour Expert Sophie Bullivant has created a career from her passion and love for her hairdressing craft. It is of no secret that she is obsessed with the art of colouring hair and absolutely loves her work. Launching her salon with a special focus on her favourite subject of colouring was so exciting for her! Working as a colourist for over 23 years she has met many women who were frustrated at the inconsistency of service and expertise from their chosen salons.

Show notes:

Here’s some of what we cover in today’s episode

  • 00 min 31 sec: Show intro.
  • 07 min 36 sec: Branded photo wall backdrop.
  • 05 min 36 sec: What is a normal hairdresser?
  • 11 min 15 sec: Why Sophie is now learning to cutting hair.
  • 13 min 14 Sec: Where it started for Sophie.
  • 14 min 59 sec: How the chance of opening a salon business came about.
  • 21 min 07 sec: How the recession of 2009 deeply affected Sophie.
  • 25 min 45 sec: What was missing to help regenerate a buzz for hair.
  • 33 min 10 sec: Loved and hated at the same time.
  • 34 min 44 sec: Why Sophie was frightened of opening a salon business and maths.
  • 38 min 37 sec: 100k loan and ready to find a salon business.
  • 44 min 30 sec: The early Colour Me Sophie B team.
  • 45 min 57 sec: Leading her team members.
  • 47 min 25 sec: What makes Colour Me Sophie B salon successful?
  • 50 min 42 sec: Being behind the styling chair.
  • 51 min 53 sec: Ask yourself your whys.
  • 52 min 54 sec: Unique commission structure for staff.
  • 54 min 47 sec: Is owning a salon business giving Sophie the lifestyle she wants?
  • 56 min 54 sec: Colour Me Sophie B education.
  • 01 hr 00 min 46 sec: Dom’s Last 5.
  • 01 hr 04 min 22 sec: Show outro.