Just Venting
  • October 25, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

All my Facebook friends know that this week has been a rough one for me. After coming back from vacation all primed and pumped and ready to tackle another 21 years of doing nails and not

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Keywords: clients  
Underbidding the Job
  • October 23, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

A few weeks ago I got a text from a potential client asking about booking an appointment and wanting to know if I could do a set “like this” and what would I charge for it. She

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Keywords: clients   money   salon services  
The End of the Trademark Design
  • October 18, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I can’t believe I missed half of the October nail art season already. Yikes! (Have I mentioned that I LOVE Halloween?) I have been so excited about getting back in the salon and whipping up some

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Keywords: salon services  
Take a Break
  • October 16, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Well, I admit, for the last couple of months I’ve been feeling a little less than enthusiastic about coming to work each day. Not a full-on “burnt out” feeling, but not as entertained by the daily routine

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
A New Minion
  • October 11, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I believe I’ve mentioned that in the last few years I’ve had several former clients embark upon a career in the nail industry. Most of them didn’t even tell me. Some of them were former clients

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
The Clientele Rollercoaster
  • October 7, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I used to think that once I built my clientele, I’d be set. I knew there would always be a few people who strayed off because they moved away or couldn’t afford their nails anymore, but

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
Toasting My Career
  • October 4, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Twenty-one years ago today (as I write this on October 2), I was a terrified 22 year old sitting in a room in a Fairfield, Calif., office complex, taking my California Manicuring State Board Exam. I had

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Little Glass Marbles
  • October 2, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

You probably have some in your arsenal, or at least have seen them in pictures. They are very popular for use as flower middles on 3-D art, and sometimes as edging around a design or whatnot. What

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Keywords: salon services  
Armrest of DOOOOOOM
  • September 27, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I had my desk custom built almost 20 years ago. Since then, I’ve had a handful of jobs where I didn’t use it — it also doubles as an excellent TV stand, student desk, and sewing

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Keywords: clients  
Accent Toe?
  • September 25, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Right now my clients are loving the “accent nail” look — which they all seem to think of as “the new thing” even though it was SO the hotness back in the late ’80s/early ’90’s when

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Yes, It’s Returnable
  • September 20, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Close to three years ago now, I got a phone call from a sweet lady in Montana...or maybe Idaho...or possibly Wyoming. Well, I got a call from a sweet lady who lived very far away from

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Keywords: clients   marketing/promotions   salon services  
A Counterfeit Conundrum
  • September 18, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Ever have someone give you a bad bill?  To the best of my knowledge, it’s only happened to me once. I was in the drive-thru at the bank, making my deposit when the teller looked up

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The Moon Is Full Over My Heart
  • September 13, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Do you have a profile on NAILS Magazine’s Nail Art Gallery? I do.  I have since shortly after they started offering them.  The nail art galleries have come a long way since their introduction and I

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Go, But Not into Debt
  • September 11, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Last year, when I broke my wrist, I conceded that I was going to benched for the season. But the “season” runs from the Sacramento show to IBS Las Vegas. (You know, I once Tweeted about

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Keywords: money   tradeshows  
Tips of Fear
  • September 9, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

The other night, lying in bed, trying to convince myself that 11 o’clock is a perfectly acceptable time to be in bed (I’m a night person. Going to bed before 1 a.m. doesn’t really jibe with

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  

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