Running the Circus (Part 1)
  • August 25, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

When I was little I had a book called "If I Ran the Circus" by Dr. Seuss. Apparently it had quite an impact on me, because as an adult I find myself playing "if I ran

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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  
Today Was Just a Rough Day
  • August 14, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

You know, loving your job doesn't mean that you love it every day. Some days are filled with too many people with too many voices and too many opinions. And by the end of it all

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Keywords: clients  
That’s My Toe!
  • August 12, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

That’s what I think every time I hear "yelp." Or that I stood on the dog’s toe. But, of course, some of us know that Yelp.com is the cool new kid on the Internet block. I

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Keywords: marketing/promotions  
Well Duh!
  • August 7, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

So I recently was reading through the latest issue of NAILS and came across Hannah's editorial regarding IBS Las Vegas. Now, of course I know everyone else has also read it, so I don't have to

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Keywords: tradeshows  
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  
Friends Shouldn’t Let Friends Play Frisbee
  • July 31, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

So last weekend the BF's sister officially hit her 30s. So the family threw her a big shindig out at the homestead complete with a keg of beer. Well, OK, it was a half keg —

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Back to School
  • July 27, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

About two weeks ago my schedule started off looking pretty well-filled out for the week. By the end of Tuesday afternoon, however, I'd had nine cancellations and my schedule looked more like Swiss cheese. My first instinct

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Keywords: clients  
I Want a Receptionist
  • July 24, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

When I closed my salon and returned to booth rental, I specifically looked for a salon that did not have a receptionist. I didn't want someone else responsible for booking my appointments. I wanted to retain

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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  
Word-of-Mouth Cuts Both Ways
  • July 17, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

They say that a happy customer will tell 10 people about you, but an unhappy customer will tell — well, according to YouTube's view counter for the runaway hit "United Breaks Guitars"  — at least 3 million

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Keywords: marketing/promotions  
OK People, It's Time to Do Something About "Solar Nails!"
  • July 13, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

One of the many many (too many) obligations I have volunteered for is being an "expert" on AllExperts.com. I ran across the site just over a year ago on one my Google-fests. Yes, occasionally I sit

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Keywords: salon services  
Now, About This Gel Madness …
  • July 10, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

How can so many people manage to muddy up the simple concept of gel products? If anything, gel has got to be the most simply named product used for nail enhancements. Gel is called gel because it's

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Polycrylic, Polygel, Polly Wanna Cracker?
  • July 8, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

You know what drives me nuts? The average American's ignorance of simple science. In this particular instance: chemistry. Most people I encounter don't know much about chemistry, and aren't interested in learning. Mostly what they know is

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Space ... The Final Frontier
  • July 6, 2009
  • Maggie Franklin

The good news is, I think I've found a viable answer to my glitter and bling storage dilemma. The bad news is, I still don't have enough space!  When I did the "tech swap" article with

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