Quitting Time: 5 Best Reasons to Quit Your Job


We know what you’re thinking, but platitudes like “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” (Vince Lombardi) do not apply in abusive and dysfunctional work situations or relationships. When you’ve done your best, and that’s not enough, it’s time to move on. We consider these the 5 best reasons to quit your job, although you may want to use more euphemistic terms when explaining your decision to your clients, coworkers and salon owner.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it. W.C Fields

1. Your employer refuses to compensate or classify you legally.
We understand that some salon owners may not know any better, but when given the facts, like those provided in these informative articles, changes should be made immediately. If not, meet their failure or refusal to do so with your swift resignation. When interviewing for your next position, make sure you don’t compromise on your compensation, or you’ll find yourself in the same bad situation.

2. Your coworkers engage in illegal or unethical activities.
Ever try to maintain your professionalism while your coworkers are dealing drugs or turning tricks? If you think we exaggerate, think again. We hope that you’d never even consider participating in questionable activities yourself, but why associate yourself with “professionals” like that? It’s hard to shine when surrounded by filth.

3. You’re not enjoying your work.
Not every workday can be perfectly enjoyable; that’s not realistic. However, if your work leaves you feeling less than satisfied, you need to identify the issues sucking the joy from your current position so you can avoid them or mitigate them in the future. It could be one or more of the reasons on this list, or some other work-related reason we’ve not included but pertains directly to you. For example, do you struggle with performing services, interacting with clients or cooperating with coworkers? It’s also possible that concerns about your personal life inhibit your enjoyment of work, like spending more time with your family, maintaining your health, caring for an elderly parent and pursuing other interests.

4. You’re stuck in a career rut.
Ambitious professionals who lack opportunities for career advancement can get understandably frustrated. Unfortunately, few salons can offer motivated technicians the ability to move up within the company since many “companies” tend to be pretty small.

If your aspirations are loftier than your salon’s ability to fulfill them, it’s time to find a salon—like a corporate enterprise—that can.

Likewise, performing the same services day in and day out can get very old, very fast. If the tedium of your job saps your enthusiasm, it may be time to move to a salon with a broader range of services and more possibilities for professional growth. Even when you have what seems to be the ideal work environment – a supportive boss, friendly coworkers and satisfied clients, the money may not be there. How long do you hold out, hoping that your income improves? Don’t wait until you become desperate.

5. You’re moving.
There are multiple scenarios in which moving may be the best reason to quit your job. Depending on how far away you move, you can part ways without much further explanation and start over in your new location, or not.

Scenario 1: The local move to another salon. While you might believe that you’re improving your circumstances, not all clients will agree. You should expect some turnover, and that’s okay. For clients who want to follow you, be careful in how you interact with them, especially if you’re employed.

Scenario 2: The long-distance move. When you’re moving completely out of the area (more than 3 hours away) and planning to work, your clients will not likely follow. As much as they love you, convenience still matters.

Scenario 3: The move as an excuse. When your work fails to meet your expectations as described above, it may seem simpler to change where you live. The uncertainty that this transition creates will give you an excuse to quit your job and explore other options.

Learn from your mistakes.

In the future, be more selective about where you work. Ask as many questions as you need to, don’t be afraid to negotiate and never accept less than exactly what you’re looking for. With any luck, your next move will be your last for a long, long time.

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Tina Alberino
Salon Management Consultant at This Ugly Beauty Business
Licensed cosmetologist and beauty industry advocate, Tina Alberino is a trusted resource, providing a wealth of information and personalized advice. Tina’s extensive consulting experience informs her writing, available here and on her blog, This Ugly Beauty Business. Her first book, The Beauty Industry Survival Guide, delivers relevant content in the bold and brazen style that has become Tina’s trademark. Areas of expertise include employment law, tax law, ethical salon management practices and professional development.
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Jaime Schrabeck
Salon Management Consultant at Precision Nails
Celebrating more than 25 years in the nail industry, Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D. works as a licensed manicurist and owner of Precision Nails, an exclusive nails-only salon in Carmel, California. Beyond the salon, she directs international competitions, teaches classes, organizes events, consults with manufacturers and other salon owners and advises California’s Board of Barbering and Cosmetology as an expert witness.

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