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How to Stretch a Buck in the Salon

January 1, 2010  | Article

Mobile nail tech Sherry Baro wasn’t sure how the economy would affect her target market — seniors and adults with disabilities. So two years ago she instituted several measures to keep supply costs low.

Keywords: economy   foot soaks   product costs   recession   service pricing  

Ask The Manicurist (Sept. 2009)

September 1, 2009  | Article

The manicurist-aka Rebecca Seals has returned! Sit back for a chuckle while she reprimands clients who use and abuse their techs.

Keywords: Ask the Manicurist   client complaints   customer service   humor   service pricing  

Adding Up the Extras [How You Can Make More Money on a Standard Service]

May 1, 2009  | Article

Simple things like UV top coat, extended massages, and nail art, can be offered as extras to standard manicures and pedicures for a small charge, and the small increase in revenue can really add up over time.

Keywords: add-on services   money   service pricing  

The 7% Solution

October 1, 2008  | Article

When choosing professional products to use in your services, the product cost for each service should amount to approximately 7% of the service price.

Keywords: service pricing   sustainable business  

Ask the Manicurist

September 1, 2008  | Article

You first met The Manicurist — aka Rebecca Seals — in our April issue and judging by your response, you enjoyed her “pull no punches” attitude. Here’s her take on free repairs, last-minute changes, long-winded excuses, and other headaches of daily salon life.

Keywords: client issues   client relationships   humor   nail repairs   service pricing  

More Work, More Money?

September 1, 2008  | Article

The economy being what it is, it’s happening more and more. Clients are pushing their two-week fill appointments to three and even four weeks. Usually that means more work for the tech and longer appointment times. We asked NAILS readers: Do you charge more for a fill if it’s been longer than two weeks since the client’s last appointment? 

Keywords: fills   reader surveys   recession   service pricing  

Strategies for Weathering the Economic Storm

May 1, 2008  | Article

Neil Ducoff, CEO of Strategies, gives a little economic advice.

Keywords: business building   business tools   economy   keeping your business competitive   service pricing  

Ask The Manicurist

April 1, 2008  | Article

You first met The Manicurist — aka Rebecca Seals — in our April issue and judging by your response, you enjoyed her “pull no punches” attitude. Here’s her take on free repairs, last-minute changes, long-winded excuses, and other headaches of daily salon life.

Keywords: client complaints   customer service   humor   service pricing  

Just Say "WOW"

March 1, 2008  | Article

A good manicure or pedicure should make clients feel special and pampered. Some services push the boundaries in terms of techniques, ingredients, and price to make them exceptional. Take a look at these services that go above and beyond. 

Keywords: add-on services   customer service   day spa   deluxe manicures   deluxe pedicures  

Take Control of Your Appointment Schedule

March 1, 2008  | Article

Everyone wants to be the master of her own time, but with clients, friends, and family all pulling in different directions, how can we? This is a call to all nail professionals to snatch your appointment book from the hands of your well-meaning (but clueless) clients, and take control.

Keywords: business tools   client scheduling   organization   service pricing  

Let’s Swap

February 1, 2008  | Article

Before there were dollars and cents— in fact before there was any kind of currency — there was barter. You give me this and I’ll give you that. From other professional service providers (dentists, electricians, yoga teachers) to weekend getaways, nail techs are still using this practice today.

Keywords: bartering   business   money   service pricing  

Dear Shari Talks About Pricing for Nail Biters

October 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: nail biting   service pricing  

Under What Circumstance Is It Acceptable to Discount Your Services?

September 1, 2007  | Article

From a newbie tech who’d discount to get in new clients to a veteran tech who offers an alternative to discounting your core services, we offer you multiple perspectives on this issue.

Keywords: discount salons   nail salon service pricing   service pricing  

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  

How to Earn an Extra $10,000 Without Working Overtime

October 1, 2006  | Article

Sell one more bottle of polish each day. If you sell one $10 bottle of polish you should make $5 net profit on it, adding up to an extra $1,800 a year.

Keywords: budgeting   buying products in bulk   communicating with customers   nail salon service pricing   nail tech assistants  

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