nail tech issues


I Wish They Had Told Me...
  • June 25, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

Maggie says if she’d known then what she knows now about the business, she might have chosen a different career.

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Keywords: client issues   nail tech issues  
Plum Forgot
  • June 13, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

Maggie takes a moment to appreciate the swirl of activity around her.

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
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  
Gone to the Blogs
  • January 31, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

*sigh* I’m gonna get letters. Let me start with a disclaimer, because people skim through what they read and don’t take time to think about what the words are actually saying. Watch — it’ll happen. I don’t

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
The Quest for Good Enough
  • January 24, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

Being a professional nail tech — at least the type of nail tech I am; you know, out here in the “trenches” — is all about finding a balance between that nagging quest for perfection in

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Keywords: nail tech issues   salon services  
Ergonomics
  • December 4, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I have worked very hard to set up my workstation in a manner that is ergonomic for me. I put thought into it when I designed my desk. I thought about it when I bought my

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
Monsters From the Id
  • November 15, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

The title comes from the 1956 science fiction movie “Forbidden Planet.”  The concept comes from Carl Jung. And my oversimplified explanation comes from the elementary schoolyard poo-flinging fest taking place in my Facebook newsfeed: The more we

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Take a Break
  • October 16, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Well, I admit, for the last couple of months I’ve been feeling a little less than enthusiastic about coming to work each day. Not a full-on “burnt out” feeling, but not as entertained by the daily routine

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
A New Minion
  • October 11, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I believe I’ve mentioned that in the last few years I’ve had several former clients embark upon a career in the nail industry. Most of them didn’t even tell me. Some of them were former clients

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
The Clientele Rollercoaster
  • October 7, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I used to think that once I built my clientele, I’d be set. I knew there would always be a few people who strayed off because they moved away or couldn’t afford their nails anymore, but

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
Toasting My Career
  • October 4, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Twenty-one years ago today (as I write this on October 2), I was a terrified 22 year old sitting in a room in a Fairfield, Calif., office complex, taking my California Manicuring State Board Exam. I had

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Tips of Fear
  • September 9, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

The other night, lying in bed, trying to convince myself that 11 o’clock is a perfectly acceptable time to be in bed (I’m a night person. Going to bed before 1 a.m. doesn’t really jibe with

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
Why Did You Do That?
  • August 28, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

For the most part, I think I’m pretty wise to the fact that we — as professionals — are all different. The industry is comprised of thousands of different people working within it and almost as

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Monkey See, Monkey Still No Can Do
  • August 26, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I was recently advised to watch some YouTube videos in order to gain motorcycling skills.Yep. True story. Somehow, watching someone do something will magically make me able to do it as well.By that logic, I should

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Keywords: nail tech issues   professionalism  
The Personality Parade
  • July 24, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I think by far the most challenging aspect of my job is the personal interaction required. My job is not merely comprised of the physical act of performing services, but complicated by the need to effectively

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
Nail Techs for Clients
  • July 1, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I have such mixed feelings when learning that a new client is also a nail tech. I’ve long gotten over the anxiety of feeling judged, and I nary bat an eye anymore when someone tells me

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues   professionalism  
Trouble and Pain
  • June 19, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Why do so many people feel obligated to greet me with the words, “Isn’t it terrible...?” From a rape/murder three counties over to a missing child report three states over, people mire themselves in misery and feel

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
Do You Need a Project?
  • June 14, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I had very few jobs before I started doing nails. I worked at McDonald’s for about five minutes, then I worked for a small mail order company that sold ancient coins and artifacts for about two

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
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  
Pick a Niche
  • June 5, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I was recently contemplating how diverse the nail industry has become in the last couple of years. It’s actually offered a lot of diversity for a very long time, but just these last few years that diversity

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Keywords: marketing/promotions   nail tech issues   salon services  
How Did We Lose Focus?
  • May 24, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I was recently thumbing through my June copy of NAILS and stopped to read Jennifer Lambert’s “Just My Opinion” piece. Now I don’t know about “getting along,” and I have tons of thoughts about why we don’t

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Keywords: nail tech issues   salon services  
The 10-Year Itch
  • May 22, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I’ve been burned out before. Back in ’02 I was so over my job that I started giving some serious thought to what else I might want to do for a living. I knew it wasn’t nails,

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
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  
Mentor by Proxy
  • April 24, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

The sister of one of my clients went to nail school. In and of itself, this is neither great nor terrible news to me. I hope she loves doing nails and that it turns out to

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Pretty on Bad
  • March 11, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Over the years I have had so many people tell me they could never be “good at nails” because they can’t paint. I’ve heard many different versions of this thought, but essentially it always comes down

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues   salon services  
Self-Taught
  • February 15, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

A significant portion of the comments on a recent post accused me of being “jealous” because the blogosphere is filled with talented nail artists who are “self-taught.” Apparently, there’s a widespread misconception that when one enrolls

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
A Bad Reputation
  • December 7, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

Let’s face it, there are certain jobs that make the rounds of the “what can I do to make a decent living without having to spend a lot of time in school?” mindset. Dental hygienist, court

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Keywords: nail tech issues   professionalism  
Too Loyal
  • December 5, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

You probaby haven’t forgotten that I broke my wrist. Actually, the doctor’s report uses the word “shattered.” *gulp* No wonder it hurts.The orthopedist has me off work till the first of the year, a total of

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
A New Prohibition Era?
  • November 20, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

I recently found a post on Facebook from a fellow tech that made me think to myself, “Hmmm. She does have a point.”Her post was a pretty to-the-point rant that she would be charging a specific

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Catching Up
  • November 14, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

I’ve been out of work for two weeks now. And being out of work has been depressing, so I haven’t spent nearly as much time in front of the Internet as usual. I have new trade

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
How to Celebrate?
  • October 10, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 was my official 20th anniversary as a licensed nail technician.It was October 2, 1992 that I took my state board exams and received my license. What an adventure that was! For one

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
You Wouldn't Know a Good Nail Tech if She Bit Your Nails Off
  • October 5, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

Well, not you. I sorta figure most of my readers are actually nail techs themselves. But that's what I want to shout at people sometimes.  I hear people whining about finding a "good" nail tech all

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
My Lowly Manicuring License
  • September 19, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

It has long befuddled me how the state determines its methods of regulating our industry. Mostly, I’m one of those curmudgeon-types who thinks the government should stay out of what they don’t have any experience in.

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
The Myth of a Full Book
  • September 14, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

Since I just wrote about calculating booked-ness (if I can spell it, it’s a word!) I figured this would be a good time to write this post too. There’s no such thing as a full book. OK ...

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
The Comfy Shoe Phase
  • July 6, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

I've been looking at photos of nails online. In fact, it's something I do on a regular basis — some people are into Pinterest, I look at nails. If no one interrupts me, or reminds me

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Teaching Inspiration
  • June 25, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

I love talking shop, I love networking, I love mentoring, and I love sitting down and trying to pass on my skills to the less experienced. Every so often I get a call from someone who

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
I Want the Zombie Virus Named After Me
  • April 30, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

I know I've discussed calling in sick before: We just can't do it. There's no one to cover for us most of the time; we don't get paid sick leave; and when you're really booked, it

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Building an Empire
  • January 13, 2012
  • Maggie Franklin

Yes, I am still talking about the new year and resolutions and stuff. No. None of it is about losing weight. I can still bend over and paint my own toenails — I'm doing just fine. It

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
My New Hero
  • December 9, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

Only a couple of weeks ago now, an e-mail arrived in my inbox with a link to a blog and very little other information, but the e-mail came from a trusted colleague and the link looked interesting.

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
The Scam
  • October 7, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

So, we (the BF and I) cook. I mean, neither of us are in danger of any Iron Chef titles mind you, but we are constantly reminded by the people we are surrounded by that we

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
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  
Losing at Monopoly
  • September 14, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

I spend the weekend thinking so many great thoughts for blogging, then the week starts over and I sit here wondering what all those ideas were. Someone really ought to start keeping notes — not me

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Watering the Lawn With Crazy
  • July 22, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

So I was reading the comments left on the "Perfect Timing" post a few days ago (and it never ceases to boggle my mind which posts will collect so many comments while others go unnoticed) and I

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Keywords: nail tech issues   professionalism  
What Are We? In Second Grade?
  • July 20, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

Look, I have a huge issue with finding my photos out there with someone else taking credit for the work shown in them. And I'm still struggling to decide how I feel about my photos being

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Perfect Timing
  • July 15, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

It was 1996. Her name was Denise, she worked at the Holiday Inn, and she's the only person who's ever broken a nail by stapling it. I don't see nearly as much talk about timing these days

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Keywords: nail tech issues   salon services  
Repeating Myself
  • July 12, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

I see most clients every two to three weeks ... which means they also see me every two to three weeks. This is a good amount of time to put between visits with most people. It

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Up for the Challenge
  • April 19, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

I just said good bye to my last client and, as I was cleaning up my station and dusting off my pants to settle in for the short break I'd been looking forward to, heard myself

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
Half a Mind to Shave My Head
  • March 17, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

Seriously. I loathe shopping at CosmoProf. I'm not thrilled with the experience Sally's offers. And I don't even go to that place that used to be Maly's.Which leaves me with few — no, pretty much NO

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Craig and His List
  • January 18, 2011
  • Maggie Franklin

For the poor girl's sake, I am not going to include her contact info, but check out this post I found on our local Craigslist:"Hiiii(: My name is Ashley i am 17 years old && im

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Keywords: nail tech issues   professionalism  
Quality Vs. Quantity
  • December 17, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Just to finish (as if I'll EVER finish this subject!) my thoughts about the ludicrous-osity (it's a word now!) of the way our schooling and licensing works, not only does the cosmetology program in California only

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Bad Math
  • December 15, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

This year we became Disneyland annual passport holders. Disneyland is — on a good trip—about a 3-1/2 hour drive for us, and I am determined to make our purchase worthwhile by making one weekend trip per

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
This Ain't No Yard Sale!
  • December 13, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

I am exhausted. And famished. I haven't even had time to drink my pumpkin spice latte today. Don't worry, I still like it after it's been sitting on the corner of my desk for eight hours.

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
Why I'm Not a Brain Surgeon
  • December 1, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

I don't believe in "nail emergencies." There's no such thing, and if it really is that bad, then you need a doctor, not a nail tech.I like that my job comes with a very low responsibility

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Ahhh, Holidays
  • November 23, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Welcome to the week of Thanksgiving. It is for me, as well as for many of us, I'm sure, a three-day work week. When I lock the door at the end of an exhausting but profitable

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
If Only There Was a Test
  • November 12, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

There's a little newspaper-style publication that gets sent out to salons in California called California Stylist. Apparently they have them in other states too, and I have a series of thoughts concerning the publication itself, but

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Keywords: Art of Nailz   clients   nail tech issues   professionalism  
Community Involvement
  • October 20, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

It was probably a couple of months ago that my ex-client-turned-hairstylist-across-the-hall, Breanna, mentioned that a local salon was going to be putting on a fashion and hair show for charity. She found out about it because

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Stop Faking
  • October 8, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Recently I found myself talking with another nail tech who I know has specialized in natural nail manicures for a while now. I didn't realize, however, that when she tells me that she "only does manicures"

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Keywords: nail tech issues   professionalism  
Funeral Etiquette, Anyone?
  • October 6, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

One of my clients passed away a couple of weeks ago. It was quite unexpected. She was only 50 and she'd been in for her regular appointment just the week before.I got the call from a

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
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  
It DOES Matter What People Think of You
  • July 30, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

We have spent so much time and effort over the last 40 years (that's as long as I've been around for it anyway) trying to improve our children’s self-esteem by assuring them that it doesn't matter

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
A Rose by Any Other Name
  • July 21, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

I was just over at the Competition Insider, catching up on Lynn's blog — I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I'm terrible at keeping up with my fellow bloggers. Heck, I'm terrible at keeping up with

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
I Had a Dream
  • July 16, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Nothing nearly as good as Martin Luther King Jr., but significantly more nail-related.  In my dream I attended a class offered by a major manufacturer — a real manufacturer that exists here in the waking world

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Then What Did She Want to Hear?
  • June 22, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

On Fridays, the BF's family does "pizza and beer" at a local pizza joint. It's an open invite occasion for family and close friends and I think it's the BF's mom's way of bribing her kids

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
I'd Have Baked a Cake!
  • June 18, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

You may recall the BF and I recently became homeowners. And, seeing as how we are nearing the end of the moving process, it looks like we may also survive to live "happily ever after" after

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues   professionalism  
"I See No-Shows"
  • June 16, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

I've talked it over with a few other folks in the personal service industry — pretty much anyone who works by appointment with people — and we all agree: It doesn't take long before you develop

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
I Love My Job ... I Love My Job ... I Love My Job ...
  • June 16, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Well. Most days anyway. In fact, even on the days when I am less than enthusiastic about a day at work, I have to admit that I'd still rather be doing nails if I have to

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Creative License
  • June 9, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

So the BF and I were furniture shopping this weekend, again. That's the problem with a new house — it needs new furniture. I maintain that I found our new couch, and promptly sat down on

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
This Ain't No Yard Sale!
  • June 4, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

I have to remember to change my habits. I keep telling myself I'm going to start settling with my clients at the beginning of their appointment, before I start the service, instead of at the end

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
You Can Take the Nail-Lady out of the Salon, But You Can't Take ...
  • May 28, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Wait, what? That saying just doesn't really translate well to the nail industry, does it? Well, you get what I'm driving at, right?During the recent Pennsylvania adventure, the BF and I stopped in Dubois to visit

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Vacation
  • May 17, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

When this gets posted, I will be in Pennsylvania. On "vacation" as it were, with the BF and his family. We will be gone for just over a week. I am taking seven days off of

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Books, Covers, and All That
  • May 12, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

So this weekend the BF and I went "furniture shopping." We have decided that if we ever actually buy this house — but that's a different story — we want a bar-height pub set as our

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Keywords: Art of Nailz   nail tech issues  
All Talent, No Brains
  • March 5, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

That's how I feel sometimes. Especially now, when I'm in the process of changing my business checking to a new bank, changing my credit card processing account from the sub-account under the salon owner where I

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Everything Is Relevant
  • March 3, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Can you believe it?! The editors here at NAILS actually told me they didn't feel one of the last entries I submitted for my blog was "relevant." It was all about my new cell phone —

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Alumni, School of Hard Knocks — Thank You Very Much
  • January 13, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Last night while we were making dinner, the BF and I got to discussing Enterprise Rent-A-Car. More so, we were discussing Enterprise’s policy of requiring a bachelor's degree in order to be in management in the

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
I've Always Wanted to Incite a Riot
  • December 11, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

So, I got a message via Facebook yesterday regarding all my ranting about the Dr. Oz fiasco. She wanted to know what I thought the answer was. Of course I sat down and wrote back. And,

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Keywords: BeautyTech.com   clients   nail tech issues   professionalism  
That Makes No Sense!
  • September 4, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Yet another hair salon has opened up in my town. Not a full-service salon — a hair salon. Not another walk-in, Supercuts-style hair salon — a nice salon. An upscale, young, trendy, hip salon. In our

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Keywords: nail tech issues   professionalism  
I Don't Have a Web Phone
  • August 31, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Whew. My editor tells me that I should not send her epic entries very often. I wrote those last three posts all at once, e-mailed it in, and let my poor editor earn her paycheck.  For

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Not My Job
  • August 19, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

A few years ago I went through a major burn-out. It was bad. I was so over doing nails I was packing up my polish. Problem was, I didn't know what else I wanted to do.

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
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  
If I Had a Million Dollars ...
  • June 26, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

Never mind that I picked up a copy of the latest issue of NAILS while I was at the IBS Vegas show. I didn't have a chance to start reading it until I received my regularly

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Totally Off Track ...
  • January 26, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

So I got a new car!  Since this is a nails-related blog, I will spare you the details of the transaction, and refrain from offering a certain online auto brokerage any free advertisement, but I would

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
I Ain't Nobody's Stepchild
  • January 23, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

You know what I hate? I hate being treated as "just the manicurist."  It's not the clients who do this the most, it's people who are in the industry. Hairstylists, supply stores, sales reps — they

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
What I Really Want to Do Is Direct
  • December 15, 2008
  • Maggie Franklin

I would love to be an educator. For a manufacturer, freelance, or even as an instructor in a school — as long as I get to teach nails. Because that’s pretty much the only thing I

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Keywords: nail tech issues   tradeshows  
Do What You Like, Like What You Do
  • September 22, 2008
  • Maggie Franklin

Within a week of starting nail school I knew nails was all I ever wanted to do. And nails is all I have done since having that revelation. I’ve known a lot of people who went into

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
What a PITA
  • September 18, 2008
  • Maggie Franklin

And I don’t mean the bread!  Well, the case of the Maggie-imposter seems to have been handled with swift and iron-fisted justice; it’s now just another footnote in the adventures of being me. But the experience of

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Keywords: nail tech issues  

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