At Least I Can Make Their Nails Look Good
  • December 11, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Every time I see an ad or an article or some industry quip about ways to keep busy during the “winter slump” my eyes bug out of my head and I catch my breath. What “winter

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Keywords: clients  
What Does Baby Bear Use?
  • December 6, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

When I started out in this business, I spent years trying out different product lines, looking for the magic product that would solve all my problems. Naturally, at some point I had to suck it up and

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Ergonomics
  • December 4, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I have worked very hard to set up my workstation in a manner that is ergonomic for me. I put thought into it when I designed my desk. I thought about it when I bought my

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
It’s Gonna Take Three Hours, OK?
  • December 2, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

For a long time, I bought into the “time is money” philosophy. I caved to the pressure to book on the hour and be able to perform every service on my menu in one hour or

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Keywords: money   salon services  
I Love a Parade!
  • November 25, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

The building that houses my salon sits right smack dab on the corner of a block of the downtown district where the city is fond of closing off our cross street for events such as the

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The Test of Time
  • November 20, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

We spent our weekend at Disneyland. Disneyland remains our preferred destination for a weekend out of town, being not entirely local, but not too far for a weekend trip. But our weekends are not the point.

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Keywords: professionalism   salon services  
Monsters From the Id
  • November 15, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

The title comes from the 1956 science fiction movie “Forbidden Planet.”  The concept comes from Carl Jung. And my oversimplified explanation comes from the elementary schoolyard poo-flinging fest taking place in my Facebook newsfeed: The more we

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
The Whole Nail and Back Again
  • November 13, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

When doing rockstar nails in acrylic, I really prefer to do a French style. It’s easier to change the colors this way — all I have to do is a backfill. If the client really wants

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Are There or Aren’t There Artisans?
  • November 11, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Have you ever been working hard to write up a really classy service menu and come up with the brilliant idea to refer to any of your one-of-a-kind creations as “artisan” anythings?  I did once. I

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Keywords: clients   marketing/promotions  
Why Are You Yelling at Me?
  • November 6, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Maybe it’s because the weather is changing and we are in that rare, and short-lived, time of the year when the heat isn’t on and neither is the air conditioning. So there are long periods of

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Keywords: clients  
Constant Contact
  • November 5, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

No. I’m not talking about the actual company by the same name. I’m talking about the concept of keeping in touch. Lately, I’ve found myself frustrated from dealing with a handful of companies that seem not to

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Keywords: clients  
Unrealistic Expectations
  • October 30, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

So, once again, I find myself dealing with gel-polish issues. This time, another high-end brand of gel-polish has presented itself fully cured in the bottles.  This one is one of the “all gel” formulas, so no

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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  

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