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5 Things I Learned From.....

October 1, 2007  | Article

We often profile salons and nail technicians who we believe are doing great things. We choose interesting stories within the industry in order to inspire you and get your creative juices flowing. But the salon industry isn’t the only place you should be looking for inspiration and ideas.

Keywords: advice   learning   life advice   lists   motivation  

Is it Wise to Share Ideas with Other Salons?

October 1, 2007  | Article

We asked a salon owner, an employee, and a both renter this very question, and receive three different responses.

Keywords: crowdsourcing   keeping your business competitive   Monica Leiper   networking  

Twenty-Five Bright Ideas

October 1, 2007  | Article

Always trying to think of new ways to help differentiate your salon from the pack? Here’s a compilation of truly unique ideas from other salons to inspire and excite you.

Keywords: customer service   keeping your business competitive  

10 Ideas For Handling Rapid Expansion

October 1, 2007  | Article

This is what you’ve been waiting for. You have a full book and clients waiting. So, what’s the problem? The problem is you need more space for nail tables, a way to manage a heavier workload, and capital to fund the expansion. Fortunately, solutions are near at hand.

Keywords: business   business building   consultants   keeping your business competitive   staff management  

Things I Learned in School That Are Best Forgotten

September 1, 2007  | Article

Nail technology school tries to give techs a good foundation for a successful career, but it often falls short. We polled a few of our peers – fellow nail techs and educators – to find out what gems of misinformation they encountered as students and as trainers.

Keywords: cosmetology schools   Erin Snyder Dixon   Maggie Franklin   Maisie Dunbar   nail education  

Can One Of These Emerging Salon Chains Become the “Starbucks of Nails”?

September 1, 2007  | Article

Many have tried — and many have failed — to do for nail salons what Starbucks did for coffee shops. Our report shows that it’ll take innovative hiring, a simple and consistent sanitation program, and a major consumer PR campaign in order for a salon chain to become the name that clients most trust.

Keywords: business building   European nail industry   international   New York   Texas  

5 Things You Aren't Supposed to Say About the Nail Industry

August 1, 2007  | Article

Cyndy Drummey tackles a few industry sacred cows in this award-winning editorial.

Keywords: autoclaves   licensing   salon sanitation   tradeshows   Vietnamese salon industry  

The World at Your Fingertips

August 1, 2007  | Article

Ever dream of traveling the world with just the clothes on your back and your professional travel kit? Here’s what you could expect to find if you were a nail tech (or a client!) in other parts of the world.

Keywords: alternative careers   international  

Websites That Work for You

August 1, 2007  | Article

Clients can’t come to you if they can’t find you. With a little know-how, you can greatly improve your salon’s ranking on popular search engines like Google and Yahoo. Learn what easy steps you can take so these search engines help to build your business for you.

Keywords: marketing/promotions   web marketing  

Are Discount Salons a Threat?

August 1, 2007  | Article

When NAILS polled its readers about their top salon challenges, competition from discount salons ranked second on the list, just behind attracting and retaining new clients. But for every tech feeling the sting of low-priced competitors popping up on nearly every street corner, there are many who have made peace with the problem; some have even used the competition to spur them to adopt higher levels of customer service and more stringent sanitation standards.

Keywords: customer service   discount salons   keeping your business competitive   service pricing  

Can A Nail Tech Assistant Help Your Salon?

August 1, 2007  | Article

Bartenders have barbacks, helping to keep glasses clean and bars well-stocked, and hair stylists have assistants, helping to clean and prep the hair for styling, so what about nail techs? Can hiring cosmetology students or new graduates as assistants help your salon make more money?

Keywords: business   keeping your business competitive   money   nail tech assistants   recruiting  

Point of View: Making a Salon Entertaining

July 1, 2007  | Article

If you had an unlimited  budgest, what would you do to make your salon more entertaining for clients? 

Keywords: salon decor/design   salon services  

Dear Shari Talks About Introducing a New Nail Tech

June 1, 2007  | Article

Veteran nail tech Shari Finger—owner of Finger’s Nail Studio in W. Dundee, III.—fields reader questions in the areas of salon management and workplace politics. 

Keywords: Dear Shari   Shari Finger   staff management  

Salon Equipment Survey

June 1, 2007  | Article

Compare your salon to the salons of surveyed NAILS readers to find out which pieces of equipment are found most commonly in the salon.

Keywords: industry research   reader surveys   salon equipment  

Blueprint of a First Year [Installment #2]

June 1, 2007  | Article

Opening your first salon can be the most exciting time of your life — and the most challenging. Follow along as salon owner blogger Robbie Schaeffer applies for construction permits, decides of design details, and starts the hiring process.

Keywords: hiring nail technicians   opening a new salon   OPI Products   salon decor/design  

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