And to Top It All Off!
  • April 16, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

There are so many things going on in my life right this second — and I think I've already mentioned that I'm not much of a multi-tasker — my head is spinning like I've been riding

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Ugh. Just Ugh.
  • April 14, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

So this week's project is to work out an official logo for my salon.  I had an epiphany last night. You know, one of those visions just before you fall asleep that makes you want to

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Keywords: Art of Nailz  
Relying on Common Sense
  • April 9, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

So today while I was slicing open the boxes for my newest set of shelving units (because you just can't have enough) with my straight razor blade it occurred to me, I sure hope my state

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Marketing Mania
  • April 7, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Marketing is my favorite part of owning my own business. In fact, it's my favorite part of anyone I know owning their own business. I love marketing. Especially if it involves someone else's money. Someday I

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Keywords: marketing/promotions  
Meow
  • April 5, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Apparently it's been far too long since I was in a good fight. Not a hair-pulling, eye-gouging fist fight — I almost never win those. But a good old-fashioned voice-raised, ranting, gesticulating-wildly soap-box brawl. Today I yelled

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I Could Refer You to a Good Nail Tech, Y'Know
  • March 31, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

My mother went to cosmetology school right out of high school and became a fully licensed cosmo in California in 1964. By 1967, she had been forced out of the industry because of severe contact dermatitis;

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Keywords: Art of Nailz  
Simple Math
  • March 26, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

I'm sure to re-address the subject of tipping several times over the life of this blog. For one thing, it's a perennial favorite subject for discussion and there are so many sides to the issue —

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Keywords: professionalism  
Going Cross-Eyed
  • March 24, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

So whose idea was it to embed these little clay cane slices in the nails? I want to hurt you. In case you've been out of the loop, I guess it's been a year or two now

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Keywords: salon services  
Barns vs. Silverware
  • March 19, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

It has long been known that a really good way to annoy a manicurist is to "paint" your nails.  How it is that the word "paint" used in conjunction with what you intend to do to

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I Think They're Cute
  • March 16, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

So you recall the other day when I said I Minxed my tootsies instead of being productive and organizing my nail art drawer? First off, this morning that came back to bite me in the butt when

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
But It's Not Your Art!
  • March 12, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Look. I like Minx and all its various counterparts as much as the next gal ... Well, OK, maybe not. I want to like it, but honestly, I think it needs some tweaking before I could

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Keywords: competitions   salon services  
Spring Fever
  • March 8, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Here in the central San Joaquin Valley of California, we don't get much diversity in our weather. It's mostly hot. From April to the end of October — all hot. Then November gets here and it's

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Keywords: clients  
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  
Or You Could Do It Yourself
  • February 26, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Personally, I think my polishing skills are fine. They may not be the best in all the land, but they are certainly competent, and distinctly professional. Believe me! I have let clients polish my nails before. It

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Keywords: clients   salon services  

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