John Harms on Educational Resources

John, I want to provide education for my team, but don’t have the budget to travel to all the trade shows. Where else can I find educational resources?
In our fast-paced industry, professional development is the foundation for success. Investing the time in educational resources for you and your team can improve the overall health of almost every aspect of your business. Fortunately, there are several different educational options beyond trade shows that can help your team grow without breaking the bank.
It’s no secret that technology has had an immense effect on education in our industry. Now more than ever, education is widely and easily accessible to the masses through the web and mobile devices. Within the last few years, industry brand and thought-leaders have created apps, webinars, video series, blogs, and more, making continuing education available to everyone for little to no cost.
We live in one of the most innovative eras, which requires us to invest in consistent education in order to keep up with the times. Prior to social media, industry trends weren’t as easy to follow without access to large events and publications. Now we have the real-time scoop on the latest trends and techniques in the industry. As a result, a variety of education on beauty trends, maintenance, tools, and business best practices, and much more are all aggregated into the palm of your hand.
While you may not have the budget to travel to all the large industry events, it may be beneficial to sit down at the beginning of the year to pick and choose educational events that would be most beneficial to your team. Manufacturers offer onsite education to help train your team on new styles and techniques. Industry events like tradeshows offer classes at little to no additional charge ranging from craft to business. In addition, most industry brands also offer annual events specific to the product or service they provide. 
For the first time ever, Millennium’s conference, The Millennium Experience, is open to the entire industry. The event offers a wide variety of industry education including classes for owners, service providers, front desk professionals that focus on a wide range of topics such as business growth, creative professional development, technique and more.
As your business grows, consider increasing your budget for continuing education as your continue to increase your bottom line. While there are several budget-friendly educational resources, having the funds will provide even more opportunities for you and your team to grow as professionals.

John Harms

Millennium Systems International, Founder and CEO

About: John Harms, Founder & CEO of Millennium Systems International, creator of Millennium Software, has been designing industry leading salon scheduling software and educating the beauty & wellness industry since 1987. Today Millennium is utilized in thousands of businesses in over 38 countries and operating with approximately 150+ employees worldwide.  Millennium currently runs its corporate headquarters out of New Jersey and its international office is based in the U.K.