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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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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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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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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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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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A Time for Beauty Industry Education Reform

“Today’s professional will need to know more than how to develop their artistic skills.” ~ Jon Gonzales To raise the standard of living for hairdressers and improve salon profits for salon owners in this tough and uncertain economy, then we as salon owners must raise the standard of educational excellence…we must create beauty industry education […]

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Tips on Growing Your Business

” Progress begins with getting a clear understanding of your obstacles.” Jon Gonzales As many of you are aware, the beauty industry has changed dramatically these last few years,salon owners are facing many challenges; the costs of owning your own business will continue to escalate; new wage and overtime regulations,many of our beauty schools are […]

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Staff Retention Tips

 “A trial and error approach to staff retention is just costly!” The following guidelines will help you address this very critical business challenge: Poor Hiring Decisions — is  one of the leading causes of staff turnover and internal salon challenges facing salon owners? Make sure you develop your staff development program to minimize making hiring […]

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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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