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Hire Smart: How to Find Great Employees

February 1, 2005  | Article

Uncovering a candidate’s skills, strengths, and weaknesses during an interview is a tricky business. Figuring out if she is a good match for your salon is even harder. But by asking the right questions, you can get the critical information you need to hire smart.

Keywords: employee issues  

Changing Scenery

February 1, 2005  | Article

Whether it’s revamping your current location or conquering uncharted territory in a new salon, how well you prepare for the renovation could be the difference between high hopes or high stress. While the most exciting part may be seeing it all come together, the most important part is done before you ever lift a finger.

Keywords: business   keeping your business competitive   salon decor/design  

Have the Courage to Let Bad People Go

January 1, 2005  | Article

It is better to turn down business, referring business to another salon, than to keep employees that I cloud your space with their negative attitude. 

Keywords: firing staff   Maisie Dunbar   Maryland   staff management   staff motivation  

In What Salon Environment Can a Nail Technician Be Most Successful?

January 1, 2005  | Article

Whether it’s working in a home-based salon, a nails-only or full service salon, or a day spa, every nail technician has a definite opinion on where a nail professional can be most successful.

Keywords: booth rental   booth rental vs employee debate  

Home-Based Salons: No Driving in the Snow and Other Perks

January 1, 2005  | Article

You can tend to your kids and other household matters throughout your workday. It may also be the worst thing. Below four salon owners discuss the pros and cons of having salon in their homes.

Keywords: Canadian nail techs   home salons   home-based nail techs   Pennsylvania   Utah  

Changing with the Times

January 1, 2005  | Article

The nail industry is ever-evolving. Nail veterans give us their take on the changes, both good and bad, they’ve witnessed firsthand and how they’ve grown throughout the years.

Keywords: acrylics   California   education   Florida   Illinois  

Ex-Execs Take to Salon Life

November 1, 2004  | Article

Call them corporate drop-outs or beauty drop-ins, we’d like to introduce you to four salon owners who abandoned the corporate fast track for the rewards of salon life and get their take on the industry.

Are You Sure You’re Insured?

November 1, 2004  | Article

As a salon owner, why wouldn’t you protect your business assets — including your employees? While insurance can be a less-than-thrilling topic, getting educated, getting quoted, and getting covered will pay off in the long run. Booth renters, the same holds true for you.

Keywords: insurance  

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

October 1, 2004  | Article

When hiring a new potential booth renter, you want to make sure that they're a proper fit. But you also want to ensure that what you're asking isn't inappropriate. 

Keywords: booth rental   hiring nail technicians  

Feeling Good? Time to Shift Gears!

September 1, 2004  | Article

Just back from a big beauty industry conference and I’m renewed and excited in that way you get when you’ve been to a show.

Keywords: As I See It   Cyndy Drummey  

Is the Mid-Level Salon Extinct?

September 1, 2004  | Article

No, it’s alive and well. The demise of the mid-level salon has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, these salons can be regarded as the bread and butter of the nail industry. We talked to several salon owners and industry experts to get their take on this industry trend.

Keywords: discount salons  

Salon, Suite Salon

August 1, 2004  | Article

Faced with the prohibitive costs of starting a business mixed with a desire for independence, some nail techs are turning to salon suites. These so-called “beauty malls” offer upwardly mobile techs a stepping stone between employee and salon owner.

Keywords: alternative careers   marketing/promotions   opening a new salon   salon suites  

TV or Not TV?

July 1, 2004  | Article

As TVs become the norm in more and more salons, we find out how owners and techs really feel about the transition to digital amenities.

Keywords: amenities   clients   customer service   salon decor/design   salon furnishings  

Note to Spa Owners: Nails Rock

July 1, 2004  | Article

There’s a perception among certain salon and spa owners that nail services are low-end, unprofitable, “unspa-like,” and just plain smelly. The reality is, if you are ignoring nail services in your establishment you are paying for it in your bottom line.

Keywords: business  

Are National Licensing Standards a Good Idea?

May 1, 2004  | Article

The idea of setting national licensing standards for nail techs is a big topic and not something everyone will agree upon.

Keywords: continuing education   Darlene Feric   national licensing   opinion columns   reciprocity  

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