Just starting out? “Get hairstylists in your area to wear your nails or at least refer their clients to you,” says Sharon Frenz, owner of The Nail Boutique in Tomah, Wis., and the newly opened Next Step Nails Training.
“I had the purses made as a way to advertise and start conversations,” says Geneva Holcomb of Imagio Salon and Spa in League City, Texas, who created two custom Miche Bags that boldly proclaim her love of the nail industry.
“I don’t charge for nail art,” says Sharon Frenz, owner of The Nail Boutique in Tomah, Wis. “Of all the services we can offer, it’s the least expensive for us. Nail art paint and polish is inexpensive and application only involves a little bit of our time.”
As many techs struggle to get clients to take the plunge and dare to wear art on their nails, Tara Deck, owner of Tara Lea Esthetics in Chetwynd, British Columbia, Canada, can boast that 85% of her clientele wear nail art all the time. She credits her success with creating unique designs for each individual.
Kyle Simonson, founder and CEO of Minneapolis-based Simonson’s Salon and Spas, found a down economy was no obstacle to the continued growth of her four-location enterprise. Simonson’s Salon and Spa is one of three small businesses that have come together to build a new retail development in Maple Grove, Minn., as a result of a federal stimulus bill which enables the U.S. Small Business Administration to reduce or eliminate fees on 504 loans.
At Recess in Los Angeles, owner Nidhi Lal pays more than just lip service to the salon’s eco-conscious reputation. She’s made an offer to clients who might otherwise dispose of their half-empty polish bottles improperly: Bring them into the salon and for every 10 bottles, they will receive a free manicure. For every 15 bottles, they earn a free pedicure.