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What’s Your Time Worth?

November 7, 2012  | Article

Candice Everest, owner of Panache Nail Studio in Stanwood, Wash., offers these four steps to determine how much to charge for a given service.

Keywords: raising prices   service pricing  

Book Clients 24/7 With Bookappo

November 5, 2012  | Article

Bookappo is an easy-to-use online appointment scheduling and business management software centered around a highly customizable calendar.

Keywords: appointment tracking   online booking   salon software   technology  

Munchkins Welcome

November 5, 2012  | Article

Michelle Phoenix, owner of Wet Paint Nail Spa in Cambridge, Mass., sent out the following announcement to her clients: “While we all enjoy a little quality ‘me-time,’ sometimes our kids need to join us in our daily rounds. To alleviate the fear of interrupting the relaxation of your fellow spa-goers, we are introducing Mothers’ Hours. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while open to anyone, are times that your munchkins are welcome to join you at your nail appointment.”

Keywords: children in the salon  

My True Love

November 5, 2012  | Article

Have you ever dreamed of leaving the industry to get a “real job”? Techs who have tried it share their stories of how they came to realize their first love is their true love. They also share the challenges they encountered when they returned after an absence.  

Keywords: business building   California   Florida   nail technician   Nebraska  

Lemonade and Happy Endings

November 2, 2012  | Article

You’ve all heard the expression, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well we asked techs to tell us about a time they did this. Six techs talk about how they were faced with a negative situation and managed to turn things into a positive.

What You Need to Know About Health Care Reform

October 31, 2012  | Article

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the majority of the Affordable Care Act, nail salon owners need to know how health reform may impact their business. Are they required to provide health insurance to employees? Will they face penalties if they don’t?

Keywords: insurance   medical insurance  

Double-Decker Salon Grabs Attention in Indiana

October 31, 2012  | Article

In February, established salon Cali Spa moved into a two-story location in thriving northern Fort Wayne, Ind. The affordably priced salon not only hired additional nail techs, but also brought hairstylists, massage therapists, and estheticians onto their team, with the hopes of expanding into a one-stop beauty shop.   

Keywords: salon profiles  

Cultivating Ideal Clients

September 22, 2012  | Article

Is it really possible to have your ideal client sitting in your chair consistently? The answer is a resounding yes. You can choose your own clients, while turning your existing clients into your ideal.     

Keywords: building your clientele   client relationships  

Five Things You Know But Are Ignoring

September 22, 2012  | Article

Do you ever know which way you’re supposed to go, but keep hoping to find an alternate — and easier — route? Learn how to stay on course from techs who have been down this road before.

Keywords: continuing education   raising prices   social media   staff management   time management  

Nail School Receives Title IV Funding

September 21, 2012  | Article

It’s not just the spa-like atmosphere at Long Island’s Nail & Skin Institute that makes the school unique. Its financial aid program allows students to receive Title IV funding through the U.S. Department of Education.

Keywords: cosmetology schools   paying for school  

Rules to Live By

September 21, 2012  | Article

“The five rules that I live by whether it be a day of business or a day of pleasure seem to work best when combined with a life based on human integrity,” says Lance Lehne, owner of Lucca Nail Spa in Ocean Shores, Wash., and author of The Nail Tech’s Survival Guide: The 10 Step Handbook to Becoming a Million Dollar Nail Technician.

Keywords: books  

Nail Tech Event of the Smokies Continues to Grow

September 21, 2012  | Article

Now in its fifth year, the Nail Tech Event of the Smokies has dropped the word “networking” from its title and turned into a full-fledged tradeshow. Taking place this year at the Gatlinburg Convention Center on Sunday, June 24, the event hosted 27 nail companies, more than 50 educators, several company owners, and 200 nail tech attendees.

Keywords: networking event   tradeshows  

An Alternative to Commission

September 18, 2012  | Article

“Commission encourages an ‘I/me’ culture. Team-based pay encourages a ‘we/us/the team/the customer/the company’ culture,” says Neil Ducoff, founder and CEO of Strategies.

Keywords: commissions   compensation systems  

Making the Grade: Elevating Nail Schools

September 11, 2012  | Article

All too often, cosmetology schools in the U.S. aren’t putting their best foot forward when it comes to educating future nail technicians. For nail schools to get all As when it comes to training students for the real salon world, we need more dedicated nail instructors, increased hours, and a commitment to more than just the state board exam.

Keywords: Backscratchers   California   CND   cosmetology schools   education  

Nail Care is a Smart Biz

September 4, 2012  | News

Modern Salon's September 2012 issue discusses why the nail business, which has grown significantly since last year, is a smart one for hair salons to be in.

Keywords: business building   consumer press   Dashing Diva   gels   hair care  

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