Business Management

What continuing education classes do you find most helpful?

In this month's Reader to Reader column, techs say they like "real life" education and hands-on learning.

Indiana requires licensed professionals to take 16 hours per four years, including two hours each of OSHA, state law, diseases, and sanitation classes. I think nail techs prefer to take non-product related classes because they offer “real life” education – not a sales pitch.-Diana Bonn, Salon Eclipxe, Muncie, Ind.

The most helpful classes are the ones that offer general hands-on learning.-Holly Schippers, The Hairport, Oskaloosa, Iowa

I feel the rebalancing and basics classes are most beneficial when someone is just starting out. For the more advance, classes that deal with the “nitty gritty” of the fine-tuning of nails – smile lines, nail shape, troubleshooting – are beneficial. I by far enjoy business, motivational, retailing, and employee motivation classes the most.-Kristina Baune, Ultimate Imagge, Redwood Falls, Minn.

I love taking business classes. After 15 years of doing nails, I don’t get as much out hands-on classes as I did when I was a novice. I learn much more when I take a business strategy class. It’s a challenge to go back to the salon, implement what I’ve learned, and when watch the positive effect it has on my career.-Jill S. Wright, Angel’s Salon,  Bowling Green, Ky.

I find all of them helpful. If I can get just one useful tidbit it is worth attending the class – that combined with the opportunity to meet that catch my fancy range from business practices and technique classes – both product-related and non-product specific.-Jai Harvey-Yin , EzNailz, Melbourne, Australia

The continuing education classes I find most important are the ones that help keep your procedures down pat, while teaching you new things to keep clients interested.-Michelle Smith, Nails by Michelle, Raleigh, N.C.

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