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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 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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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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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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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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Five Tips Hiring the Right People

Five Tips for Hiring the Right People

“Team building is a critical management skill .” Jon Gonzales One of the biggest challenges salon owners face when making a hiring decision will depend on making the right decision when selecting a new member to your team. A hit and miss approach to hiring people is just unacceptable, especially in today’s volatile business climate.  […]

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Developing Your Own Apprenticeship Program

Developing Your Own  Apprenticeship Program I think as salon owners you will all agree that there is a tremendous need to develop cost effective apprenticeship program for on job training when adding a new member to your team,especially newcomers right out of beauty school.  All other professions have an apprenticeship programs except the beauty profession. […]

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Building Your Team

                   “Time spent hiring peak performers will be a great investment and time well spent.” – Jon Gonzales  Why is it so difficult to find hairdressers who truly have a passion about maximizing their full learning and earning potential ? Finding and keeping your diamond in the rough will be your key challenge in building […]

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How to Measure Wealth and Success Within

                  “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 […]

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Happy Thanksgiving –Let Us Give Thanks

“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 […]

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Time Management for Salon/Spa Owners —Time is Money

    Overcoming Time Restraints Salon owners must wear many hats while trying to build a profitable and successful business. Marketing expert, human resource expert, managing people, book work, and the heavy duties and responsibilities of owning a business  can seem overwhelming , especially working behind the chair 10-12 hours a day. How does one […]

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Seven Business Mistakes Salon Owners Must Avoid

“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. […]

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Is Everybody on Your Staff on the Same Team?

” The key to successful leadership today is influence,not authority.” – Ken Blanchard One of the many challenges facing salon owners who are trying to grow a successful and profitable business will depend on the salon owner’s  ability to create a team culture. When a staff member refuses to share your vision, your goals and […]

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

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

“ 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 […]

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Tips on Finding Quality Education

“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 […]

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Tribute to a Fellow Salon Owner/Hairdresser— who was also my Brother

“To a loving brother, confidant, and my very best friend, you will be missed”   I first want to thank everyone who offered their prayers and their support for me and my brother who passed away April 9, battling cancer. I do hope that you forgive me for posting this post. I know many of […]

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A Special Happy Mother’s Day

” Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while,but their heart’s forever.” – This week’s blog posting is dedicated to all  Mother’s working in the beauty profession. Trying to earn a living,be a good mother or owning your own business is a gigantic challenge for all women ; especially single mother’s  who want a […]

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Keys to Success and Happiness for Hairdressers

  “Success is not the key to success. Happiness is the key to success..If you love what you are doing,you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer   Many hairdressers are trying to raise their standard of living for themselves and their families in a very difficult economic environment. The question is how do you meet these […]

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Time is Money --- Overcoming Time Restraints

Time is Money — Overcoming Time Restraints

   ” Ordinary people think merely of spending  time. Great people think of using it.” Salon owners wear many hats in trying to build a profitable and successful business. Salon owner, marketing expect, human resource expert, managing people, book work, and usually working behind the chair 10-12 hours a day. The heavy duties and responsibilities […]

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