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In a Perfect World
  • June 6, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

Maggie mulls the pros and cons of the minimum wage regulations.

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Keywords: employee issues   money  
Tired Again
  • March 10, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

It recently occurred to me — more like fell on my head like a piano in a cartoon — that I might not be able to work forever. The last few months have been busy, and

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Keywords: money   nail tech issues  
It’s Gonna Take Three Hours, OK?
  • December 2, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

For a long time, I bought into the “time is money” philosophy. I caved to the pressure to book on the hour and be able to perform every service on my menu in one hour or

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Keywords: money   salon services  
Underbidding the Job
  • October 23, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

A few weeks ago I got a text from a potential client asking about booking an appointment and wanting to know if I could do a set “like this” and what would I charge for it. She

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Keywords: clients   money   salon services  
Go, But Not into Debt
  • September 11, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Last year, when I broke my wrist, I conceded that I was going to benched for the season. But the “season” runs from the Sacramento show to IBS Las Vegas. (You know, I once Tweeted about

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Keywords: money   tradeshows  
On the Other Hand
  • June 7, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

So I was talking about picking a niche, right? But there are a lot of people out there who are convinced that my own niche — all that clunky acrylic loaded down with glitter and artwork —

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Keywords: money   nail tech issues   salon services  
It Costs What?!
  • May 3, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

How often do your clients tell you how much everyone loves their nails and asks where they have them done — only to have your clients end the story with how those same people who were

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Keywords: clients   money   nail tech issues  
Another Happy New Year Post
  • December 28, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

So how was your year? Mine got off to a promising start and then sort of just went a little flat — and then, of course, ended up skidding to a screeching halt with this stupid

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Keywords: competitions   money  
The Price Is Right
  • October 17, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

You know what's hard? Putting a price on my work.  Back in the beginning of my career it was tough because I knew I sucked. Well, "sucked" is a strong word, but my work was not

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Keywords: clients   money   salon services  
Bad Capitalists
  • August 1, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

Why is it that we — yes “we,” as in the embarrassing majority of the people who work in our industry — think that it’s reasonable to expect a break on rent if we’re only going

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Keywords: money  
Am I Supposed to Haggle?
  • July 13, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

For everyone who spends as much time looking at photos of nails as I do, especially if you look at a lot of domestic nail art (“domestic” for the U.S. techs, that is), you’ve probably been

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Keywords: money  
$300 a Week
  • July 11, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

I started my first job as a professional manicurist in 1992. The job I had previous to doing nails put about $200 into my bank account each week and that had been sufficient to cover my

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Keywords: money  
Value Pricing
  • April 20, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

Yeah, I'm sorta on a pricing/value kick this week.Even more important than setting the right prices is convincing customers that those prices represent a fair ratio of price to value for what they're getting.I was listening

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Keywords: Art of Nailz   marketing/promotions   money  
Stuck in the Middle
  • April 18, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

Setting the right pricing for services is a non-stop nightmare. If I set my prices too low, I spend all my time defending my decisions to my colleagues. If I set them too high, I spend

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Keywords: clients   money  
Tasty, Tasty Worms
  • January 26, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

I want to write a post about Groupon.  I know many of my colleagues, including several of my most respected peers in the industry, have had some experience with Groupon from a merchant's point of view

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Keywords: marketing/promotions   money  
A Year in Reflection
  • January 3, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

Whew, last week was a whirlwind for me. Today, I am back at work, starting the new year with a little more clarity, if not less chaos.Meanwhile, I spent my weekend hanging around the house, baking

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Keywords: marketing/promotions   money  
If You Build It ...
  • September 16, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

... you might be sitting in it for a long time before they come. I always find myself wondering why people decide to go to nail school. So many people do it for so many reasons. Many of

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Keywords: money   nail tech issues  
Math for the Self-Employed
  • August 5, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

Ever talk to another self-employed person about finances? Specifically about income? It never ceases to amuse and befuddle me.For one thing, I do my own bookkeeping and my own taxes. This might go a long way

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Keywords: money  
The Shoes Are Winning
  • August 3, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

I think I'm getting old. Old enough to fret about insurance and retirement and whether or not I will physically be able to continue doing nails until I'm ready to retire ... or at least until

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Keywords: money  
How Gel Polish Saved My Life
  • April 15, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

Ok, not my life exactly, but probably several hundred dollars in taxes. Whew. First, I subtotaled all those receipts and calculated my gross receipts for 2010 only to break down in tears at the discovery that

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Keywords: money  
Careful What You Wish For
  • March 4, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

When I started doing nails I spent my days sitting at my desk with nothing to do but paint sample nail art on tips and stare challengingly at the phone — daring it to ring. I

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Keywords: clients   money  
Goodbye 2010
  • December 29, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Whew! The last month has been busy for me! That sort of busy that leaves you sleep-deprived and hysterical and ready to snap, but not in debt at the end of the holidays. Well, that is,

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Keywords: clients   money  
“In This Economy”
  • October 13, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Oh heavens! How I hate these words.I know. I know there are areas where the economy really does suck. I live in California. You know how deep in poo California is? It's a mess, seriously. Mostly

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Keywords: money  
Stiffing My Stylist
  • September 17, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

My current hairstylist is a former client. I did her nails all through her high school days, then she bailed home-town Visalia for the sunny shores of San Diego, where she did some college, found a

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Keywords: money   professionalism  
The "R" Word
  • August 11, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

I started doing nails when I was 22 — PFFT! Who am I kidding? I started doing nails when I was 15! But I started my career as a nail professional when I was 22. Either

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Keywords: money   nail tech issues  
Shouting From the Rooftops
  • January 4, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Advertising. Need I say more? We all know we need to do it. We all know you have to spend money to make it. But why does making money have to cost so much money? Let's face it.

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Keywords: marketing/promotions   money  
Even Cows Get Tipped
  • November 30, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Sometimes I consider implementing a "no-tipping" policy. Being as how my income from tips averages out at about two bucks a client over the year, it seems like it wouldn't really cost me much and maybe

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Keywords: money  
It's Not That Easy
  • August 3, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Right now, things around my appointment book are a little slow. I think I've discussed that the back-to-school season leaves me alone at my table every year, with time to contemplate the meaning of life and

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Keywords: money   nail tech issues  
Sometimes the Zebra Is Just in the Wrong Place
  • July 21, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

All this talk about the recession. Let me modify that: All this obsessing over the recession. Who's doing how? Is it bad where you are? When will it get better? Has anyone else had to get

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Keywords: money  
Few Things Are Certain
  • June 19, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

I know no one who's slow right now wants to hear this, but the thing about a slow economy is that it really tends to weed out the weaker businesses.  When things are really singing along

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Keywords: money  
Majority Rules
  • April 24, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Your time is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. It's that simple. Quite frankly, I think my own time is worth, oh, say, $3,000 an hour plus all the latte I can drink. But

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Keywords: marketing/promotions   money  
Slightly Competitive
  • February 9, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

With all the news and gloom and whining about The Economy these days, I’ve noticed something about myself ... I might be slightly competitive. For starters, at least in my specific location, most of the individuals and

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Keywords: marketing/promotions   money  
Bradford, Pennsylvania
  • February 2, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

That's where the BF's family is from. (How am I supposed to say that? Any way I form that sentence to NOT end in a preposition, it sounds stupid!) It's an itty bitty town on the

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Keywords: money  
Lost and Found
  • January 30, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

The BF and I go rounds on a regular basis about the way businesses use the term “lost.” He insists that most of the time when a business says they’ve “lost” money, what they really mean

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Keywords: money  
What a Turn Around
  • December 5, 2008
  • Maggie Franklin

Wednesdays are supposed to be my “getting s**t done” day but lately my Wednesdays have been filled with running errands with my mom instead of running my own errands. So here I am trying to get

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Keywords: clients   money  
Yawn, Stretch ... Whuh? OH!
  • December 2, 2008
  • Maggie Franklin

You’d think that with four days off in a row you’d have logged onto the NAILS website Monday morning, clicked the link to your favorite blog, and been greeted with a shining new entry from Maggie.

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Keywords: clients   money  
In the Trenches
  • November 3, 2008
  • Maggie Franklin

That’s what they said when they asked me to do this blog. They said they wanted someone who is working “in the trenches.” Which I interpret as meaning someone who is a working nail tech, making

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Keywords: money  
How Do You NOT Know?
  • October 16, 2008
  • Maggie Franklin

So, by now most of you have probably heard of, or even seen, “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” on Bravo. There was some buzz about it over on the mailing list at BeautyTech.com a couple of weeks ago

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Keywords: BeautyTech.com   money  

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