Spring Fever
  • March 14, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

It happens every year around this time — it’s still light outside when most people are getting out of work. It’s not raining. It’s not cold, but it’s not hot yet. Everything is green. People get spring fever.

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Keywords: client issues   clients   Maggie Franklin  
Minions — I Need More Minions!
  • March 12, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

Like many career nail techs who are already halfway (or more) through their career, I have experienced my share of work scenarios: booth renter, employee, nails-only salon, full-service salon, big salon, little salon, etc., and have

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Keywords: Art of Nailz  
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  
They’re All on Drugs
  • March 5, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

Something that has changed during the time I’ve been doing nails is the proliferation of antidepressants available and the number of people they’re being prescribed to.I’ve put some effort into understanding selective serotonin reuptake

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Keywords: clients  
Swatch Watch
  • February 28, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

So today I finally pulled my checkbook out, took a deep breath, and invested in some new gel-polishes.This “required” driving to my preferred supply house in a town some 60 miles away. Primarily because they make

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Am I in the Twilight Zone?
  • February 26, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

It started with a simple inquiry from a prospective client who e-mailed to say that she wanted to book an appointment with me, but first she wanted to know if I did “full acrylic and not

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Keywords: clients   marketing/promotions   salon services  
Marking My Territory
  • February 21, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

It’s time to revisit my watermark. Some people tell me it’s distracting, some people say those people are crazy. Either way, I agree that I’d like something more subtle.Ahhh, but there’s the problem. The watermark should

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Keywords: marketing/promotions  
So Challenging
  • February 18, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

Last year I added Instagram to my regular routine and, in doing so, have learned a lot about the non-professional nail art community. I also discovered how many nail art “challenges” are out there.I never have

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Lifters Gonna Lift
  • February 14, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

I have been on the great quest for the Perfect Product [insert sound of angels singing] but, alas [dramatic sigh], I fear there is none.Part of the problem comes from looking at techs posting pictures to

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Unexpected Guests
  • February 12, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

I know I’ve mentioned in the past that I have never had so many “walk-ins” since I moved to a private office on the fourth floor of a semi-secure office building. I blame the Internet —

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Keywords: clients  
Lost in Translation
  • February 7, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

I think anyone who’s been following me online for long — on any forum — knows that I don’t always come across as “perky”’ or “positive,” or “fun.” I’ve dealt with all sorts of accusations, insults,

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Time Travel
  • February 5, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

It’s the beginning of a new year. I will spend the next few weeks making sure my ducks are in a row, adding up receipts, and figuring out how much money I made in 2013 and

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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  
A Little off the Top, Please
  • January 29, 2014
  • Maggie Franklin

The other day, I was walking down the hallway to my salon just as the massage therapist next door was coming out of her room. She informed me that one of our other neighbors — an

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Keywords: Art of Nailz   clients  
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  

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