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Football team in a huddle
There's a reason small businesses are often compared to team sports – you have a small group, a shared goal, a leader (or leaders), and countless additional similarities. Sure, you might not have an opponent (unless you consider competing salons "opponents"), but the overlap is undeniable. There's a lot a salon can take from team ...
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Gregory Zorian teaching
Gregory Zorian III is a third generation barber and barbershop owner with two locations in the greater Albany region of upstate New York. In its current iteration Gregory's Barbershop has been thriving for 22 years, but the tradition dates back to 1931, when his grandfather Gregory Zorian opened his shop and then passed it on ...
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stylist cutting hair
Did you know acquiring a new client costs five to 25 times as much as retaining an existing one? And that 20 percent of your clients earn you 80 percent of your revenue (often called the 80/20 rule)? Now that you know, what are you going to do about? The simple answer is: retain more ...
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Gift card and tea
It is officially gift card season. If you're not offering them at your salon, you're missing out. The gift card industry is expected to reach $160 billion by 2018 and every salon owner needs to be asking themselves "how do I get a piece of that?" Before I answer that question, here's a quick hit ...
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Water Stone Hair Studio store front
As a salon owner, Jessica Ahlquist knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity. The 2007 purchase of what is now Water Stone Hair and Spa immediately went to litigation when Ahlquist discovered the previous owner had sold her a bill of goods. Then the 2008 recession hit. Four years later she lost an employee ...
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