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10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve Your Work/Life Balance

Ah, the elusive goal of balance. How do we achieve it? Instead of epic goals and aggressive life change, let’s look at what you can do now…today.

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What’s the Biggest Obstacle to Your Success?

While you’re looking for the perfect tech, the perfect tech is looking for the perfect salon! Know what makes your salon great so you can set yourself apart from other spas. How do you advertise? What’s your reputation in town? Do you have a niche clientele? Do you pay for and attend networking events/shows/training classes? Do you offer staff team-building opportunities — even if it’s a casual get-together one night a month? What benefits do you offer?

How Flexible Should You Be with Non-Traditional Students?

Not everybody has the resources to be the perfect student despite their best intentions. That means sometimes students have to miss class when their kids’ babysitter flakes or they neglect to turn in their homework because they have to work late at their full-time job. We asked nail school instructors to tell us: How flexible should you be when accommodating non-traditional students?

Our Better Half

NAILS is in the Valentine’s spirit, and so are many of our readers. As an ode to all of the significant others out there — who help with housework and, importantly in the beauty profession, cope with crazy night and weekend schedules — here are some beauty professionals and their loved ones who make it all work.

On My Mind: What I'm Thankful For...

NAILS editor Hannah Lee lists the things she's thankful for at work.

"I Would Have Done It Differently"

Current and former salon owners share their personal insights on the things they would go back and change, if only they could.

Ultimate Styling Kit

Betty Beauty for the hair, down there.

Clearing Out the Clutter ... From Your Life

Learn to say “no thank you” to things that don’t match your goals or you just don’t enjoy. And start saying “yes” to things that are more fun, rewarding, and interesting.

Clearing Out the Clutter ... From Your Salon

Having problems getting that bottom drawer shut all the way? Do you have boxes, plastic bins, and show bags filled with unused goodies sitting in odd corners? Do you have a cupboard filled to overflowing with nail products and supplies? If so, it’s time to reorganize.

Clearing Out the Clutter ... From Your Books

Clean up the book? Update client files? Isn’t that like cleaning out the attic — a good idea, but not something you actually get around to? It’s a matter of setting aside the time — your clients will notice and your retention rate might improve.