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
March 1, 2007
How should you prioritize employees who want salon services? Should you even allow business-hours services for employees?
Keywords: staff management
November 1, 2006
Take this self-quiz to determine your strengths as a manager. The insights you glean may help you use your valuable personal resources more wisely and develop a better understanding of others.
Keywords: finding/retaining staff staff management staff training
April 1, 2006
As an owner, you may feel overwhelmed by the thought of team meetings and see them as one more thing to do in your busy schedule. But it is important to have structured team meetings and “plan and review” sessions.
Keywords: meetings staff management
February 1, 2006
It’s common for employers to accept all kinds of excuses for poor performance, mistakes, and problems. Be careful about being sucked into an employee’s personal problems.
Keywords: staff management
April 1, 2005
Learn the basic building blocks of customer service to establish a lasting rapport and make clients feel like friends. Whether on the phone or in person, learn what to say and what to do to cast yourself and your business in a positive light.
Keywords: customer service staff management
January 1, 2005
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
May 1, 2004
Creating a salon training manual may be just what you need to reorganize your business and elevate your team to a new level of professionalism. Although creating and implementing a service manual takes time and energy, the end results are well worth the effort.
Keywords: customer service opening a new salon staff management
November 1, 2003
How a salon chooses to pay its staff can make all the difference in employee retention, quality of service, profitability, and your ability to compete. After payroll, salon owners are often left only with their own tip money and revenue from services they've performed. Should you abandon the traditional commission structure for a pay system that rewards behaviors that are key to the salon's overall success?
Keywords: business keeping your business competitive money service pricing staff management
September 1, 2003
If your salon team isn't performing as well as you'd like, it could be because of your leadership. Study the systems that will assist each employee in achieving her best: mission statement, employee evaluations, staff meetings, coaching for individuality, and rewards.
Keywords: employee issues staff management