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Hairdresser mistakes to avoid

Hairdresser Mistakes You Must Avoid

In today’s competitive business climate, hairdresser mistakes can undermine your growth and development. Making mistakes most often leads to losing customers, something our salons cannot afford in a very competitive job market. No one’s perfect, nor does any one perform poorly on purpose. Sometimes, mistakes happen. Here’s a list of common hairdresser mistakes that are […]

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Combating Rising Business Costs

Paying our taxes is just around the corner, I feel this is an appropriate time to help you find ways to combat rising business costs. The costs and challenges of owning your own business continues to escalate; rising taxes, increased minimum wage, sick leave minimum wage, overtime mandates, fees, energy, and more. As business costs […]

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How Do You Measure Success and Happiness?

  People measure success and happiness in many ways. Your challenge is to carefully define your own unique guidelines to your own happiness. For example many measure success by wealth alone, to many people this is important, but we all know there are many other factors on how to measure success and happiness. Personally I […]

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A Tough Message Love from Jon Gonzales

A Tough Message Love from Jon Gonzales

I can tell you what you want to hear and make you feel good, but motivation only last a couple of weeks,or i can give you tough love and tell you what you need to hear, and yes I will step on a few toes including my own. As professionals I know you want straight […]

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Overcoming Turmoil and Change in the Beauty Profession

Overcoming Turmoil and Change in the Beauty Profession

Overcoming turmoil and change in the beauty profession.  If there are two words that best describe the beauty industry today, I’d say they are change and turmoil. I ‘m sure you will agree, our profession is facing difficult challenges due to a changing economy.    All facets of our industry are paying a heavy price […]

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Straight Talk by Jon Gonzales

New ideas, new educational concepts , new thinking, and innovation , free of special interest groups is what the beauty industry  desperately needs. Hello, I’m Jon Gonzales, and I’m here to give you some straight talk about the problems in the beauty industry. Everything that has happened to you as a hairdresser and salon owner […]

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Developing Self Confidence

“You are special and unique. Live up to your own expectations, not the expectations of others.” Developing self confidence is a critical component to finding happiness within — personally, professionally, and financially. We live in a very changing and uncertain economic climate. Many people fear the unknown; many more are in denial and refuse to […]

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A New Beginning: New Year Resolutions for 2017

     A New Beginning: New Year Resolutions for 2017 “Happiness is that particular sensation you encounter when you’re just too busy to feel miserable.” – Jon Gonzales I do hope you all enjoyed a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Now that the holiday season is behind us, let’s plan and prepare for […]

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My Christmas Wish List for Salon Owners and Stylists

” Let Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year!” – Thomas Tusser I personally want to wish all my friends and colleagues and their families a very Merry Xmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. I do hope 2016 was a very good year for you and your […]

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Benefits of an Employee Handbook

Benefits of an Employee Handbook

“When everyone shares the same vision and goals , a positive and professional salon environment will be your reward.” — Jon Gonzales One of the leading causes of staff turnover and lack of communication between staff and management is the absence of an employee handbook. Many of your challenges towards improving staff performance and growing […]

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Developing an Effective Customer Communication Strategy

  “If you are unable to get your message across about the benefits of your services and products,your marketing efforts won’t work.” Salon owners that know how to develop effective communication strategies with their current customers and know how to connect with future customers for maximum effect will instantly improve their bottom line by keeping […]

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When a Good Worker Goes Bad

“I personally do not believe some hairdressers perform poorly on purpose; they just did not receive proper guidance and education.” – Jon Gonzales “He seemed like the right choice when I hired him. Now he refuses to be part of my team or follow our salon’s employee handbook and contribute to my salon’s  team culture. […]

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Straight Talk from Jon Gonzales

Straight Talk from Jon Gonzales My straight talk blog post is designed to identify and find solutions affecting our salon, our standard of living and our profession. Those of you who know me, know I have the utmost respect for everyone working in the beauty profession,especially salon owners and hairdressers. You also know I am […]

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Are You Really Making a Profit?

“The easiest way to increase profits is to cut overhead costs.”  Combating Rising Business Costs: The cost of owning your own business will continue to escalate. Rising  business costs, rising taxes, fees, new minimum wage and overtime mandates, price and commission wars, the list goes on and on. As business costs rise, your profit margin […]

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Employee Training

“A team that learns together grows together.”  Jon Gonzales In the absence of an apprenticeship or intern program, salon owners will have to develop their own educational program of employee training. The foundation to building a successful team employee training and development begins with you, the owner. The first 6 months of employee training is […]

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Compensation Guidelines

 “It is not how much you earn that matters,it’s what you do with what you earn.”  Jon Gonzales Compensation Guidelines As I travel throughout the United States and Canada meeting salon owners and managers, I am often asked about compensation. Suffice to say that if you are a salon owner, your view on this topic […]

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