Seven Tips for Beauty School Graduates on Finding Your Winning Salon for Employment

Written by Jon on February 10, 2014 – 5:00 am

“ Your graduating from beauty school — now what !” Congratulations for choosing cosmetology as your chosen profession. You have chosen a profession that offers unlimited opportunities provided you know what it takes and have what it takes to be a winner in a profession that can be fulfilling, challenging and potentially financially rewarding. Sadly many new beginners fail to maximize their full potential, due to unrealistic career and earning expectations before they even give their new career a chance to grow, they want to run before they learn to walk. Many believe that graduating from beauty school will prepare Continue reading…

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My 2014 Wish List for Hairdressers

My 2014 Wish List for Hairdressers

Written by Jon on January 5, 2014 – 12:00 pm

” If we are to raise the standard of living for hairdressers,then we must raise our standard of educational excellence.” – Jon Gonzales Last week I created a wish list for salon owners in an effort to help them become better business men and women. There ability to develop strong leadership skills and become astute business men and women,will benefit our hairdressers personally, professionally,and financially. I also want to help salon owners bridge the gap between management and staff,so we could better understand and communicate each others needs and concerns so we can create an environment of trust ,not fear. Continue reading…

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My 2014 Christmas Wish List for Salon Owners and Hairdressers

My 2014 Christmas Wish List for Salon Owners and Hairdressers

Written by Jon on December 23, 2013 – 12:00 pm

” 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 your families a very Merry Xmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. I do hope 2013 was a good year. I put together a little wish list in the hope of making the 2014 year, a year that will offer you a new beginning and a better quality of life for you and your family,one you richly deserve. I do hope we can make the following guidelines a reality. Bridge Continue reading…

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Happy Thanksgiving –Let Us Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving –Let Us Give Thanks

Written by Jon on November 27, 2013 – 2:00 pm

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was “thank you,” that would suffice.” Meister Eckhart Thanksgiving is always an appropriate time to give thanks for all our blessings. In our hectic schedule; trying  to find time for our business, struggle with a difficult and volatile economy, and trying to find  quality time with our families, we sometime take for granted  the many gifts and opportunities that are available to us. Personally I want to thank all my colleagues for the trust and support you have shown me throughout the year. I want to wish you and your Continue reading…

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Keys to Improving Staff Performance and Productivity

Keys to Improving Staff Performance and Productivity

Written by Jon on August 25, 2013 – 12:00 pm

“I do not believe hairdressers perform poorly on purpose;they just have not been properly educated.”  Jon Gonzales   Assuming that you have taken the time to hire the right people who share your vision, goals, and educational concepts; your next step to improving your salon’s greatest asset will be in educating and leading your staff to higher levels of performance and productivity. This will require strong leadership skills on your part as leader,mentor, and coach of your team. Your challenge is to  earn the trust and loyalty of your team and  persuade them to want to follow you and perform Continue reading…

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Standing Above the Crowd

Standing Above the Crowd

Written by Jon on August 10, 2013 – 12:00 pm

                      “Success is a state of mind, that all peak performers believe in.” Why is it that some hairdressers make it big while others just get by? How do they stand above the crowd and gain that all important competitive edge?  What makes them different than all the other hairdressers in their community? What is their competitive edge? What is their secret to success? There are no magic secrets to being a peak performer than just following a few guidelines. The good news is that you will probably win by default because few in our profession will not Continue reading…

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How Do You Measure Success

Written by Jon on July 14, 2013 – 12:00 pm

                  “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished.but by what you should have accomplished.” – John Wooden  People measure success in many ways. Most people measure success by wealth, while other people measure success in other areas.  Personally I never measure success and happiness based just on money alone. We know that wealth does not guarantee total happiness. I personally measure wealth by family, peace of mind, good health, fulfillment and helping others. Of course we all know that money is just part of the equation, you certainly need to pay your living expenses and maintain financial security Continue reading…

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Tips on Finding Quality Education

Tips on Finding Quality Education

Written by Jon on June 23, 2013 – 12:00 pm

“Live as you were to die tomorrow,learn as if you were to live forever.” – Gandhi It seems to me that finding unbiased education that focuses on the needs of the people who work in the trenches are always biased towards the needs of the product companies disguised as education. Of course many of these companies provide information on product knowledge, and we definitely need education in this area. But your real challenge is to find quality education aside from the glitter and hype so prevalent in the beauty profession; seek out education that focuses on your educational needs that Continue reading…

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Clearly Define Your Terms of Employment

Clearly Define Your Terms of Employment

Written by Jon on June 16, 2013 – 1:06 am

                                ” How can your new staff member perform if you don’t clearly define your terms of employment.”   Jon Gonzales         I’m always asked the same questions by salon owners. How do I hire my diamond in the rough? How do I establish strong work habits in my team? How do I deal with a problem employee who refuses to be part of my team? How do I deal with salon gossip and pettiness? How do I avoid staff turnover? The list of questions goes on and on. What are the causes of this type behavior  on Continue reading…

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Seven Business Mistakes Salon Owners Must Avoid

Seven Business Mistakes Salon Owners Must Avoid

Written by Jon on June 9, 2013 – 7:43 am

   “Some of the best lessons we ever learned,we learned from our mistakes and failures.” The beauty industry is rapidly changing. Business costs continue to rise, it seems like it is getting more difficult to find quality hairdressers, an economy that is struggling, staff turnover, price and commission wars, and the list goes on and on. Business practices that may have worked in the past are now outdated. Salon owners are especially vulnerable to these challenges. Learning how to meet and overcome these obstacles by trial and error is just unacceptable. If we are to avoid these obstacle we must Continue reading…

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