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On My Mind: Is the Nail Industry Really Recession-Proof?

April 21, 2008  | 

I was talking to a celebrity manicurist the other day and she mentioned she’s felt a slowdown in house calls to some of her regular celebrity clients. She said they’ve been getting their nails done at

Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   On My Mind  

Retailing: Starting the Conversation

April 16, 2008  | 

I was just reading an e-newsletter from salon consultant Bryan Durocher of Durocher Enterprises that had some interesting tips about retailing in the salon. He began with a reminder that it isn’t enough simply to invest

Keywords: business  

A Site for Last-Minute Gift-Givers

April 11, 2008  | 

I recently discovered on online spa gift certificate site that’s set up to give consumers what they want: gift certificates that are instant and customizable. It’s called SpaEmergency.com.  For shoppers, it’s 1, 2, 3. First, they

Keywords: business  

Symptoms of a Bigger Problem

April 10, 2008  | 

I recently read an article in The Sacramento Bee about 17 Sacramento beauty and nail salons being cited by The Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement for illegally classifying their workers as independent contractors.  This topic is one I

Keywords: business   legislation  

IRS and Worker Classification

April 7, 2008  | 

   With the final crunch of tax time falling upon us, many techs are rushing to finish through their final stages of tax forms. I recently found out just how complicated taxes can be in the

Keywords: business   legislation  

An Express Service for the Flying Crowd

April 2, 2008  | 

My layover at Washington’s Dulles International Airport was a success! When I got off my plane, I saw that I actually had two and a half hours before my next flight left. So I made my

Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   On The Road  

Beauty Fly-Buys

April 2, 2008  | 

Sitting on a flight across the country, reading the airline’s complimentary magazine, I ran across a short piece about Butter London, one of a handful of airport salons that have cropped up in recent years. We’ve

Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   On The Road  

Employee, Booth Renter, or Independent Contractor?

April 1, 2008  | Article

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  

Too Young for Pedis?

March 7, 2008  | 

Last week The New York Times published an article (“Never Too Young for That First Pedicure”) about young girls growing up too fast. Writer Camille Sweeney describes a 7-year-old’s birthday party at a Dashing Diva salon.

Keywords: business   Hannah Lee   salon services  

Style: What’s in a Name?

March 1, 2008  | Article

A name is the first impression a salon makes on a client, and every name (no matter how clever or generic) says something about that salon. Some names are spontaneous acts of inspiration, while others are mulled over for months on end between family and friends. But every owner feels some sort of bond with her own salon’s name, and each has a story about how it came about.

Keywords: business   opening a new salon  

Fresno Salon Owners Make Things Right

February 1, 2008  | News

When a beauty salon went out of business leaving hundreds of customers holding newly-purchased gift certificates, several salons in Fresno, Calif. offered to honor the certificates as a show of goodwill for the industry.

Keywords: business   customer service   gift certificates   professional image  

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  

Got Space? Get Yoga

February 1, 2008  | Article

If you've got the room, why not round out your salon's offerings by introducing yoga to mix?

Keywords: adding new services   business   business building   healthy working   keeping your business competitive  

Meet Judy

January 23, 2008  | 

My name is Judy Lessin and I’ve been at NAILS for more than 13 years. (I started at NAILS when our publisher Cyndy Drummey was on maternity leave, so I keep track of my time here

Keywords: business  

Tech’s Book Shares Client-Building Secrets

November 1, 2007  | Article

Educator and nail tech, Dawn Bassett, shares her tips on successful marketing, promotions and networking.

Keywords: books   business   business building   keeping your business competitive  

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