I have my work schedule set up so I only work every other Saturday — which means I get a three-day weekend every other week. When I set this schedule, I was picturing leisurely weekends sitting on my deck with a cool drink while gazing out at the water and mountain-scape...uh, yeah, not happening!
This past weekend I made great inroads on my to-do list, which is infinitely more satisfying than a life of leisure (that's what I'm telling myself, anyway). I'm not sure there is anything more stressful than having things piling up on you. So I finally re-vamped my other blog so it is useful as a marketing and informational site for clients, rather than just being a new-salon-owner blog directed at my friends and family, which is what that blog originally started as. Since the web address is on my business cards, I'm guessing the change is a good thing! I already have several entries written and scheduled to be published covering policies, reward programs, and information; I hope the posts will help educate my clientele about our industry and my services. Whew.
Being a brand new nail tech (in addition to opening a new nail studio), I have been tracking my times as well as the amount of product used in services. I have an extremely OCD spreadsheet that factors in everything I use for services as well as the running the studio, so I can see at a glance what my profit is for any given service. Now that I am caught up on entering in all the data, I’m pleased to discover that I estimated costs and times fairly well. I did find that there were two services that I underestimated costs and found that I left one service off the menu entirely! So now I am making the adjustments for these rookie mistakes, and luckily I only have one current client who will be affected.
Now I am working on designing posters for the studio. My printing company will print my posters and mount them on plastic backing for a very fair price if I have the artwork all ready, so it's a good thing I'm a digital scrapbooker!
—Candice, Panache Nail Studio, Marysville, Wash.