Combat boredom in the salon by varying your routine and trying new things from time to time. Whether you’ve got a little downtime or you simply need to kick-start a new routine, there are many ways to re-energize and refresh your surroundings in order to up the entertainment factor of your job.
Move around. Walk, stretch, and get your blood flowing. Strike a quick yoga pose between patrons.
Nurture your inner author and create a salon blog. Share your experience, expertise, and talent with the world. Keep it uplifting and positive. For free options to start an easy blog, check out livejournal.com or blogger.com.
Organize your work area or nail table. Aminta Favela of Decoupage Salon and Spa in Slidell, La., “passes unexpected breaks by sprucing up her nail area and cleaning the polish bottles.” Ditch those products that are out of date and no longer used. Tuck a picture of the kids or your significant other in an unexpected place like a file drawer or inside a cabinet. Every time you pull it open, it will give you a smile.
Peruse professional magazines for trends in the nail industry. Check out what is working in other areas by going through our website. Write to your favorite magazine (we hope that’s us) and let them know what your salon is up to.
Quick makeover time. Rearrange the retail area, throw out old magazines, or update accessories. Ponder new paint colors. Change the retail display in the window or create a new one in your boutique. Maisie Dunbar of M&M Wellness, in Silver Spring, Md., creates a quick change by “painting accent walls and changing out pillows.”
Relax. Take some time to enjoy the same pampering you slather on your clients.
Send a thank you note to a new client or reacquaint yourself with someone you haven’t seen in a while.
Try out a new technique. It could be something you have read in a magazine or learned in a class. Practice until you feel comfortable enough to offer the service to clients.
Update your web page, salon menu, address book, or anything else that may be a little (or a lot) outdated. While you are up dating info, remember to store a back-up off premises in case of emergency.
Volunteer in the community. Pick a charity — any charity — and get involved. The options are limitless and you can make a difference.
Write an article for your salon newsletter. Let your creative juices flow. Update clients on home-care, fashion, or nail shape trends.
Xtra extra, read all about it. Start pre-planning the next year of topics for your salon newsletter. With a little planning, the salon can coordinate specials and informative pieces that will encourage clients to keep reading. Start networking with other businesses and trade space in each other’s newsletters.
Yearn to Learn! Whether it's a new position in the salon or just cross-licensing to make better use of your time, invest in your education. Renee Borowy of VIP Salon and Spa in Riverview, Mich., actively encourages apprentices and staff members to engage in cross-licensure to ensure long-term career stability.
Zeal! You have it, now what are you going to do with it? We have given you some ideas to get you started; now, it’s up to you to build on those.