Entrepreneur, Hair Salon Queen

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Francette Jean-Louis:
Entrepreneur, Hair Salon Queen

Solana Pierre
Business Management 110
Instructor:
George J DeMetropolis

Business Ownership
Owning a business is something that I’ve always wanted to do since I became old enough to understand the real world. What I didn’t realize was the amount of schooling, money, time and hard work along with labor was required. I used to think as a young child that all you had to do was buy a building and turn it into whatever business you wanted. In this paper I interviewed a hair salon/barber shop owner by the name of Francette Jean-Louis. She has been in business for a little over 25 years. I believe she has the keys to succeed and in this text you will see. The Type of Business

I chose to interview Francette because of two reasons. One reason is because she is my mother’s beautician and a very close family friend. The second reason is because she owns a business that I will someday own my very own. The type of business Francette owns is a hair salon/barber shop by the name of Nu Look Salon and Barber Shop. The types of services that she offers in her shop are hair care and styling services, barber services, along with facial and skin care services. Francette’s Dream

The business is a local business. She chose to operate this way because she likes to keep her shop family oriented and close to what she considers a busy part of the city. As I interviewed Francette I asked her, out of all things she could have gotten into for business why choose this? Well to my knowledge she had the response that I would have had if someone were to ask me the very same question. Since she was a young girl she has always had the desire to be a hair stylist. She used to have little baby dolls and would do their hair, she also has a younger sister that when they were younger, experiment in her hair also. So this was something that she always wanted to do. As she got older, she started brainstorming ways she would go about making this her life long career. Dream to Reality

Francette is originally from Haiti. So growing up there she knew that in order to make her dreams become into reality she had to make her way to the land full of opportunities… America! Prior to her leaving Haiti, she was met whose now her husband; Romeus Jean-Louis. Romeus was well aware of Francette’s dream. She made her money by offering her services to people around her community for a small fee, which is actually how she met her husband. Romeus wanted a better life for the both of them, so they made their way to the states. Once they made it to the states, it took several years to become established and Francette had to put a hold on her dream. Once the both of them got their feet on the ground, she then expressed her interest in hair again. Francette and Romeus then worked hard to gain the funds necessary to put her through cosmetology school. She obtained both her cosmetology and business license after three years of hard work. The Next Step

Not too long after Francette obtained her licenses, Romeus decided to pursue a barber’s license. He thought it would be a great idea to assist his wife in her venture to success. So they decided to make it a partnership. They started off small and turned the garage of their family home into a small beauty salon. Francette stated during the interview to me that she would have rather went into the business as a partnership. She named to me some advantages and disadvantages to having a partnership type of business. One of the advantages that stood out to me was the fact that she said she could sometimes lack the perspective on certain situations, may it be financial or just dealing with customers, her husband being her partner would come and handle whatever it was that she couldn’t at the moment. A disadvantage to her was the fact that because her partner is her husband they are constantly with each other. There is never that space needed between them which caused...
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