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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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Overcoming Time Restraints

“Improve your time and your time will improve your efforts. – Jon Gonzales Overcoming Time Restraints Salon owners must wear many while trying to build a profitable and successful business. Developing your business management skills, human resource expert, managing people, marketing expert, and the heavy duties and responsibilities of owning your own business, can seem […]

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Providing Staff Incentives

 “A pat on the back accomplishes much more than criticism.” Jon Gonzales Incentives for Improving Staff Performance and Productivity There are many ways to improving staff performance and productivity. Strong management, a strong employee training program,  a very busy salon, strong leadership and mentoring, a positive and professional salon environment, a shared team vision, continuing education, […]

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Keys to Staff Retention

Our business growth, stabilit  and profitability  depends heavily on staff retention. The  performance of our staff and the avoidance of staff turnover and staff stability are keys to staff retention.  No salon can continue to grow and be profitable with a constant merry go round of staff turnover. How can we grow our business with […]

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Renew Your Passion of Owning a Successful Business

“Persistence and determination will give you the power to prevail over all obstacles.” Owning a successful business is a daunting experience and can seem overwhelming at times. As a salon owner you must wear many hats. The many challenges of salon ownership in a very volatile economy can be overwhelming. I’m sure everything that has […]

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Excelling at Customer Service

“High end and well managed salons place a high priority on customer service.”  Jon Gonzales Your Competitive Edge Top salons set a high priority on excelling at  customer service. Salon owners and hairdressers  know that excelling at customer service gives them a competitive edge. Think about your own experiences when you patronize a business. Have […]

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Stand Above the Crowd

“Success does not depend on external help so much as on self-reliance” 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 […]

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Profit is Not a Dirty Word!

 “The worst crime against working people is a salon that fails to make a profit.” Attention Hairdressers —– Profit is Not a Dirty Word! There is a widespread misunderstanding by many hairdressers why a business needs to make a profit. Sadly, many hairdressers feel that salon owners are greedy . In chat rooms I read […]

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Thank You From Jon Gonzales

 “Real entrepreneurs are open minded professionals who strive for new ideas, concepts in finding solutions.”   Jon Gonzales Thank you for following my weekly blog and for your interest in Hairdresser Career Development Systems. This blog post is designed to help salon owners  improve salon profits, help you to develop powerful business management skills, and help […]

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Earning Customer Trust and Loyalty

In today’s tough economic environment earning the trust and loyalty of customers should be a high priority. Today’s consumer has more choices and price ranges to choose from when selecting a salon that best suits their beauty needs.Competition is fierce,especially if you want  earn the trust and long term loyalty of your customer especially if […]

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Beauty Profession Dark Side & Why It’s Occurring

It is time for New Ideas, New Concepts & Innovation for Educational Excellence!  However, if we are to find solutions to the many challenges of career and business growth, we need to identify and address the dark side of the beauty profession. With over 43 years as a salon owner and now President of Hairdresser […]

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