Mood Swing
  • May 10, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

My day started off fair enough. I'm writing this on Wednesday, which is my day off. Well, "off" is subjective. Generally speaking I don't take appointments on Wednesdays. I spend the day trying to catch up

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Keywords: professionalism  
Everything Old Is New Again ... Eventually
  • May 5, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

The BF and I have been working hard the last few weeks to put all our worldly possessions into boxes and then stack those boxes in the very small living room of the house we have

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Keywords: salon services  
More Clocks
  • April 30, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Friday mornings there is supposed to be a new entry posted. Which generally means that sometime on Thursday each week, I sit down and type up whatever industry-related thing has preoccupied my mind for the few

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Keywords: Art of Nailz   retailing  
The Hardest Part
  • April 28, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

Doctors have patience, I don't.  At the moment I am waiting. Waiting on several people. I am waiting for the guy who runs that slideshow downstairs to put my ad on it. I am waiting for my

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Keywords: Art of Nailz  
Holding Down the Fort
  • April 23, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

I was supposed to be waking up in Vegas this morning. Instead, I am once again behind the desk at the salon, waiting on clients to arrive.What happened? Why aren't I at IBS Las Vegas? Why

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Keywords: Art of Nailz   retailing  
An Extra Hand
  • April 21, 2010
  • Maggie Franklin

This weekend was our local Antique Farm Equipment Show. Which is sort of a strange event if you aren't from an area dedicated to agriculture. But around these parts, ag is a big deal, so it

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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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