How to Turn Your Passion Into a Thriving Business

E36: From Stylist to CEO: How to Turn Your Passion Into a Thriving Business with Laura Symons

Laura Symons, a salon owner, stylist, educator, coach, and content creator, shares her advice for how to turn your passion into a thriving business.

I’m thrilled to have the formidable Laura Symons as my special guest on today’s episode.

Laura is a distinguished figure in the hair salon world, admired not only for her styling prowess but also for her entrepreneurship and leadership. With two decades of hands-on experience and a keen understanding of the beauty industry, Laura has risen through the ranks, navigating trials, tribulations, and transformational changes with tenacity and style.

Over the course of her career, Laura’s commitment to excellence saw her evolve from a fledgling hairstylist in Indianapolis to a top-earning stylist in a demanding salon. However, she decided to change her approach when she moved to Texas, a transition that allowed her to focus on her passion for hair extensions and education. Consequently, Laura now runs her own thriving micro-salon in Dallas, a testament to her business acumen and perseverance.

Turning Her Passion Into a Thriving Business

Throughout this episode, Laura gives us a raw and intimate account of her journey, including the impact of personal challenges and global events like the COVID-19 pandemic on her life and business. Meanwhile, the obstacles she encountered only strengthened her resolve to take control of her own destiny, resulting in the establishment of her own salon.

But Laura’s entrepreneurial spirit didn’t stop at the salon door. In addition to her day-to-day operations, she offers insightful coaching and educational programs like the Glass Ceiling Academy and the Micro Salon Experience program, empowering other hairstylists to break through their limitations, revamp their careers, and regain control of their businesses. Indeed, her passion for fostering growth in others is evident in her commitment to these programs, her one-on-one coaching, and her vibrant community, Beauty Empire Chats.

In this episode, you’ll discover how Laura managed to transform challenges into opportunities, her approach to leading and managing a team, and how she’s helping others navigate their professional journeys. Laura also sheds light on her definition of success, which goes beyond the financial aspect and is more about the choices, sacrifices, and dedication that pave the way to achieving goals.

Additionally, stay tuned as Laura Symons shares her inspiring journey, her ambitious future plans, and how she continues to shatter glass ceilings, one salon chair at a time.

And finally, I hope you enjoy this episode of the Unchained from the Chair podcast with Laura Symons.

Episode Highlights

[00:09:11] Why the Covid-19 pandemic was a wake-up call for Laura Symons, which ultimately led her to start her own hair salon business.

[00:13:53] The systems Laura Symons has implemented in her business to streamline operations.

[00:16:48] Laura Symons describes her coaching programs: Glass Ceiling Academy and Micro Salon Experience.

[00:22:21] Why Laura created Beauty Empire Chats, and how it differs from her online courses.

[00:24:33] How Laura Symons manages her time as a business owner and new mom.

[00:31:07] Laura Symons describes two monumental low points in her journey that helped shape who she is today.

Links Relevant to This Episode


Instagram: @IAmLauraElizabeth

Episode 36 Transcript

Looking for more tips on how to grow, scale, and ultimately sell your hair salon business? Check out our other Unchained From the Chair podcast episodes.

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