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  
Purely Anecdotal
  • February 24, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

I decided that I would try not to bog down the blog with endless musings of my rise to fame and fortune as a champion nail competitor — especially since, at this rate, it's entirely possible

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Keywords: clients   competitions  
Fish Stories
  • February 19, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

  Nails by Janae Felkins, New Waves Salon (Lancaster, Calif.) It has long been my stance that Visalia runs nearly 10 years behind the times when it comes to the nail industry. Seriously. I can't tell you how

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
It's Not Personal
  • February 16, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook sure have thrown a wrench into things.  Look. We all have clients who make us crazy. And sometimes our very favorite clients are having an off day and that

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Keywords: clients  

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