January 1, 2010
Sure we love our clients and the work we do, but it’s our relationships with coworkers that can make the difference between a so-so work environment and a place we look forward to returning to day after day. NAILS asked readers: What do you do that’s special or unique at your salon to foster team spirit?
Keywords: healthy working motivation reader surveys salon atmosphere staff management
December 1, 2009
Recognizing what’s important to our employees and clients is more than knowing their favorite shade of polish or the names of their children; it’s about understanding that they embrace the things they do, in part, because of what the world looked like as they grew up.
Keywords: business tools customer service keeping your business competitive marketing/promotions staff management
October 20, 2009
Whether the economic times are flourishing or floundering, many leaders get stuck in the same trap: They don’t take time to stop and reflect on what they’re doing. Because there’s so much for them to do and they have so much responsibility and accountability on their shoulders, they’re constantly on the go, striving to deliver results. That’s why they need to take a step back, and give some serious thought to what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.
Keywords: 2010 Project recession staff management
September 1, 2009
Shari Finger, owner of Finger’s Nail Studio, suggests cutting payroll hours, inventory, supplies, and insurance costs to make a dollar go farther.
Keywords: money salon finances Shari Finger staff management
May 1, 2009
Don’t get caught off guard by a planned or sudden staff absence. With a bit of thought and planning, extended leaves won’t negatively impact clients or salon income.
Keywords: business tools customer service staff management
January 26, 2009
Once you've switched to a computerized system of scheduling clients, tracking sales and managing inventory, there's no going back to a manual system.
Keywords: business tools keeping your business competitive Reader to Reader retailing staff management
January 1, 2009
Editor’s Note: In this occasional series, we follow along as -Adrienne, a mother of two who moved last year with her husband to North Carolina, works to rebuild her nail business from scratch. She’s working with Heather, a certified salon success coach, to help her succeed. If you missed the first two installments, see NAILS’ -February and June 2008 issues or visit The Coaching Chronicles blog at http://blogs.nailsmag.com/coach.
Keywords: blogs business tools finding/retaining staff marketing/promotions networking
October 1, 2008
It’s easy to see the benefits of a partner in our personal and social lives — but are there benefits to a partner in business? An LLC might be a better way to structure your business.
Keywords: business tools finance opening a new salon staff management
July 1, 2008
The coffee pot is on and dry, the retail area is dusty, and your coworker is happily filing the nails of one of your favorite clients. You are not alone. Nail techs just like you are facing the same issues in salons around the globe. Don’t let that bad coworker get your panties in a bunch. It’s time to band together and take back the salon.
Keywords: Business finding/retaining staff staff management
June 1, 2008
Whether or not your salon has an official dress code, there are expectations that a certain standard be maintained. Just what that standard is may depend on the atmosphere, size, and location of your salon. We asked techs if there is ever a time when old jeans or sweats are appropriate attire for the salon.
Keywords: professional image salon uniforms staff management
May 1, 2008
You can’t fix it if you don’t know it’s broken. Make the most out of a mystery shopper program by gathering the most relevant information about your salon and be on your way to creating stellar customer service.
Keywords: business building staff management
April 1, 2008
Spin the Wheel: Playing the Classification Game — In the salon industry, workers most often operate in one of three ways: as employees, booth renters, or independent contractors. But for years many salons have incorrectly labeled their independent contractors and may have put themselves at risk of having the IRS reclassify their workers. Find out if you're doing things correctly or if you're just spinning the wheel and seeing where it lands.
Keywords: booth rental Business business tools employee issues independent contractors
October 1, 2007
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
August 1, 2007
M&M Nails & Wellness Center wins 2007 Salon of the Year award. Owner Maisie Dunbar calls it "the pinnacle of my nail career."
Keywords: CND continuing education customer service marketing/promotions private labeling
June 1, 2007
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