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February 15, 2024

The Daily Groomer Chassy Ward: From Corporate to Salon Success

Chassy Ward: From Corporate to Salon Success

Alex Martin

Welcome to another engaging episode of The Daily Groomer. I'm your host, Alex Martin, and today we have been honored to host Chassy Ward, a trailblazer in the grooming industry. Since diving into her grooming career back in February 2007, Chassy has evolved from a bather to become a respected salon owner, having experienced the rigid world of corporate grooming, operated a bustling mobile grooming bus named Bertha, and now successfully runs a storefront salon. Her passion for doodles and commitment to customer relationships has carved out a niche for her in the ever-growing pet service sector. Let’s dive into the three key lessons we have gleaned from our conversation with the incredible Chassy Ward.

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Lesson 1: The Power of Personal Relationships and Respect in Business

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Chassy Ward's journey reveals a crucial aspect of any service-oriented business: the importance of personal relationships. Throughout her transition from mobile grooming to owning a storefront, Chassy has put an emphasis on respect and equality. This approach not only fostered loyalty from her clients but also helped her create a desirable work environment. Her firm stance on mutual respect led to her making tough decisions, like firing an employee who did not uphold these values. Retaining this ethos has been key in developing her thriving business.

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Lesson 2: Effective Business Systems Lead to Growth

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Through astute management, Chassy Ward grew her team to 14 employees and her success didn't come by chance. Alex Martin highlights how Chassy's 'default to action' underpins the success she enjoys today. By structuring payment and role systems that reflect the responsibilities of her staff, Chassy ensures that each team member is recognized for their contribution, whether they're a bather or a manager. The takeaway here is to build a system where employees feel valued, which in turn encourages their best work.

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Lesson 3: Embrace Technology and Delegate to Enhance Operational Efficiency

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Initially bearing the immense load of grooming while managing the business's administrative side, Chassy realized the efficiency of online systems. The transition from manual to digital scheduling was a pivotal moment that allowed her to optimize her business operations. Furthermore, recognizing when to delegate, she enlisted the expertise of a tax person, a bookkeeper, and eventually hired a manager and receptionist to take on vital roles in her business. It shows that leveraging the right tools and people can significantly streamline your operations.

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