We (original directors myself and Victor) ended our romantic relationship, that had been successful for years before Snip, after the business was open for 4 months, but stayed in business together for 4 more years. Victor then decided to leave the company, and I decided (only barely) to stay with it. I also decided to take on a two year barbering apprenticeship, so that I could work within the business and also to gain a deeper understanding and commitment to hairdressing. Victor married someone else, and I met someone else and had a baby. This relationship also failed for me and I’ve had brief periods of homelessness and severe depression. I have been in and out of depression throughout the ten years in business and struggled with support, treatment and medication. This is still an ongoing (and completely private) issue for me that has always been kept apart from the business and my staff.
Another difficult situation was at the start of 2017, when my now husband suffered a severe stroke. The consequences of this were far reaching, but particularly for the business, we decided it was necessary to close on Saturdays, as we didn’t have the staff to run them as I was unable to come to work. This reduction in revenue, annoyance for customers, absence of myself as a stylist, manager and director, was a big set back for the company that we are still recovering from. The emotional and financial stress has been extremely complicated and limiting.
We ran out of money at various times, and after using any savings I had, I took on other random jobs after hours, to use my wages to pay my staff.
We are also now looking ahead to another challenge in February 2020, when Susi, my current co director, and our original employee and long time manager and creative and technical mentor, will leave the business. I will continue as sole director, but this again will come with a raft of new challenges for us.