So Good to be Free – Why I Am Becoming Self-Employed

Working is the business of being employed. Self-employed is working to stay in business. I am starting my own business as a beautician (a beauty salon to be exact) and the path to get there has been a long one. It is one thing to work for a company it is another thing entirely to start your own. Now that I am committed to starting my own beauty salon is has created a little bit of stir in my life. But it is always nice to shake some things up now and then. Here are just a couple of the arguments that I had to listen to when I dropped the news on my friends.
  • “Why would you want to do that at your age?”
  • “You have a good job.”
  • “Isn’t that a big risk?”
I say that you are never too old to try something new, nor will you ever know if it was the right thing if you never make the attempt to try. That being said the thing with quitting a good paying job to start your own business is that it gives you a little bit of a buffer, I have a nest egg and I have what I have set aside for the project of becoming independent. When you look at the current economy I feel that the timing might be a little off. Sure I could wait until things get better, but then I might be waiting a long time. That has the benefits of making my nest egg bigger and my resources to start my own salon would also be larger. However, on the other hand it just might mean I have to wait longer to achieve my goals and that I might actually never try. That would be the most disappointing outcome. That is why I am going forward with my plan.

Why I Am Starting My Own Business

When I say that the road has been long I mean it. I actually was at this point several years ago and then COVID came out and we all know how that went. Well, had I actually branched out then and started a beauty salon, well, I think that it would have been short lived and I would have had to close my shop by now. Thankfully I am able to wait, patience isn’t one of my strong suites but it not my worst either. SO I waited. And waited and waited and just when I thought that things were turning to the better we have the situation that we have right now. Inflation is through the roof and people have to make compromises on what they think makes sense. There are many things to focus on with any business endeavor: local laws and ordinances, along with taxes on one hand and then the personal side like location and how you will be presenting yourself to prospective clients. There is more to it than that of course. Any one can sit down with the latter half and play with ideas. There is more to it than that. Sure I have made thoughts about those aspects. I have even went as far as picking out the right look, a sweet set of business cards and related designs that give the impression I want to have for my beauty salon. That part is fun, but it doesn’t contribute that much when you start a company. Many of my friends thank that that is the whole thing – that is why I say that too many business fail within a short time. A lot of them are gone within five years.

Reasons It Works for Me

Is this the right time? As I said earlier, I am not sure if it is or not. When I compare it to other times in my life, right now I am on solid footing, financially stable, a good stable job, and there are support structures in my life that I didn’t once have. That all speaks well for the task at hand. Going forward with my company there will be some major shake ups. Starting a business is always shaky, many fail within their first year, and the a beauty salon is for many now a luxury that they cannot afford. Still, there are some that can and that is the customer base that I want to focus on. There are several aspects that give me an advantage. They also give opportunity to stop and reflect on the options and the risks that they bring with it. One advantage is that two of our local beauty salons have gone out of business within the last couple of years. Here are some reasons that that happened.
  1. The carona years
  2. Inconvenient locations
  3. Price increases and
One of the locations, a good one, was actually planning to sell several years ago. The location is good, had a good reputation, and was well know. There was also a lot of word of mouth advertising for the salon. At one point I was in talks with the owner to buy the parlor from her. She was going into retirement and wanted to have some extra money when she and her husband moved to North Carolina. This was a week before carona got started. I cannot tell you how happy I am that I didn’t buy it from here then. This entry today would look a lot different if I had. Her daughter actually took it over and it went down hill from there. First there was the imposed shutdown. That last some time and when she got to open again there weren’t a lot of takers. She closed down officially three months ago and the boutique has been empty since then. Which is one of the reasons that I want to actually move forward. As I said the location is good. The current owner is willing to let me have the furnishings for a good price and that saves me from investing the “time to get things setup”. Which she claims was a really drain on her time. Funny, since she just took over the parlor from her mother and really hadn’t made any attempts to change things up. Not that I blame her since the furnishings were nice and I had also agreed that, were I to buy her company that she would include them in the sale. As it stands it would just be the same as when I originally showed interest but at a better price. Not that the previous owner’s daughter knows that.

New Frontiers

The thought of going forward with my plan is rather exciting, starting my own business has always been a big dream of mine. It would allow me to give up my well paid dead end job that leaves me drained when I come home. I would get new avenues and options that I don’t currently have and there has always been a draw to working in the beauty industry. Ever since I was a thirteen and learned that “you need to tweeze your eyebrows.” God, that was embarrassing. Tweeze yes, decimate no. It took three years for my eyebrows to grow back to normal. But it gave me the motivation I needed to actually fix the mess that I had made. None of the girl’s in my class had the skill set I had, and I even started the smokey eye fad in my school with lash extensions and the works. I can only assume what the teachers thought of me during that phase. Will I be moving forward? I know that it is the right thing for me, that I would have the skills to make it work, and that it would be a fun profession to enter, all of these are truths in my eyes. Yet, it is always scary moving into a strange new frontier. Wish me luck!

This Time It’s Different

Social media like smoking is bad for your health. It is also hard to give up. That being said the site was my attempt to go cold turkey, but just as with smoking it is harder than it looks.

You know it is funny because I actually gave up smoking two years ago during the pandemic. It was clear that it was bad for me, but I it wasn’t until the pandemic that it really hit home. Thankfully nobody in my immediate family got sick. It was close though for some of the people in my circle of friends. And an old acquaintance from my college years wasn’t so lucky. But that isn’t the point of today’s post. Today I wanted to jump back in and get things going again after my last hiatus.

The Buckeye is back.

What’s new? Lots. What’s old? The same. My mom is a total pain in the neck, but that really doesn’t matter anymore since I went NC. Going no contact was about the best thing that happened to my in the time since you last got an update. It is also one of the reasons I am done with social media since she and her people kept harassing me. Now if they come on here I am able to just block them, sure I could there too, but the circle was so big that they always just came from a different angle. Anyway, welcome back.

Look for some new updates to the site in the coming days. I just need to clean the cobwebs out first.

Beat the Heat Windy City Style

I found this list on the Chicago site titled “Chicago has cool cone offerings to help beat the heat”. And it really is a great list if you plan on being in the city over the Summer months.

It was particularly pleasing to see that they had included Jeni’s Ice Creams. Being a buckeye at heart I tend to visit Jeni’s more than any of the others. Though I had hit up pretty much everything on the list. I love ice cream, alright?

If you plan to make a stop there here is what you need to know:

Jeni’s Ice Creams 3404 N. Southport Ave. | 1505 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The Ohio-based ice cream chain came to the Windy City in recent years, and now has locations in Lakeview and Wicker Park. From sweet cream biscuits and peach jam to pink grapefruit buttermilk frozen yogurt, the chain boasts of using produce grown near its kitchens by long-time farm partners.

P.S. The tags were supposed to read: Yummy, Ice Cream, Hot spots. But it seems like it reorganizes them alphabetically. :/

Buckeye Blog

Welcome to my blog. This page gives you an overview of what is new, interesting, and so forth. The site is about a buckeye’s life in the Windy City, and not much else.


So the narcs in the family are out and about patrolling the site. I misspelled, I’d call it a typo but whatever, one my premier category. Instead of “Buckeye” I spelled “Buckey” and while, as I said, “maybe that is what I wanted to spell” my mom wasn’t buying it. So it has been corrected. For those of you that it rubbed the wrong way.

P.S. I deleted your comment mom, it was sort of weird having it float around on here because I didn’t type an “e.” This is not Facebook. :p

Up to Date

So I was looking at the different things that need to go on a site like this and I was shocked to learn that most of them were free. I had planned on making a site and I wasn’t sure what it would cost, but when I talked to the techy guys at work they told me to expect about a thousand dollar investment at the least. Some offered to take care of it for me for a “couple hundred” but I turned them down on the offer. The thing that didn’t sit right with me was that I figured if I studied it a little I should be able to do it myself. And that turned out to be the case. After I registered the domain I went about looking for place to put it. That was so-so. I didn’t like any of the offers that I found on google. The ones that came up on the top seemed like they were cookie cutters of one another. But then they might have been, I am not sure. I got it up though and the site is now running for something like twenty minutes without a problem, let’s home that it stays that way. Also WordPress told me to update it which I thought was odd since I had just installed it but, oh well, it seems to be happy now. And so am I. A thousand dollars my foot. I am glad I passed!