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Design & Decor Tips for the Salon Suite Owner

You are the proud owner of an A Suite Salon studio.  The location is perfect, there are windows everywhere, the finishes and equipment are reminiscent of grand resorts and eateries in New York or LA, and now you have a chance to really let your businesses personality come to life through your own personal design. Over the years, we have compiled some of the best design and décor tips and hints from both our designers and professionals, so we must share.

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5 Signs That You’re Ready to Be Your Own Boss

Most of our Suite Salon professionals tell us they dreamed of owning their own businesses for a long time before they acted. So, how do you know when it’s the right time to make the leap? Here are 5 signs that you’re ready to be your own boss:

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Tax Deductions for Salon Suite Professionals

If you are like most small business owners, you know there is no shortage of reminders that tax season is just around the corner. While you are crunching numbers, we are here to help you keep as many dollars in your pocket as possible. We have complied a list of some of the most common tax-deductions for Salon Suite Owners.

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6 Steps to Setting Achievable Goals for Your Salon Suite Business

Goals, if you want to have a strong and successful business, you need to set goals. Goals give you focus and direction. Goal setting allows you to take control of your business and provides you a benchmark for determining your success. Believe it or not, there is an art form to setting and achieving goals.  Professionals have shared six steps that have helped them and we want to share them with you. 

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Tax Tips for Salon Suite Owners

April 15th is less than a month away, which means it’s crunch time for small business owners to review the past year and ensure their salon suite business has everything in place and submitted to Uncle Sam. Now is a great time to review tips and strategies on how to save money on your taxes and improve your bottom line for next year. We recommend five key strategies to ensure the process is as painless as possible:

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How to Save For Your Future by Playing with Your Smart Phone

Now that you are making money at A Suite Salon, it is time to start thinking about putting some money away for a rainy day.  You hear commercials every day from any number of companies promoting hundreds of different products to save for retirement, college, or medical emergencies.  Very quickly this process of saving for you and your family’s future can become so daunting, that inevitably you throw up your hands and go another several years without saving a dime.

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Be Your Own Boss: Suite Owners Share What it is Like to be the Boss

When we ask current professionals how being their own Boss has changed their careers, almost every answer carries themes of freedom, making more money, being happy, and spending more time with family.

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How to Turn a Negative Review into a Positive Accolade

We all know the internet is a powerful tool and can drive business to your salon. Often we ask client’s to post pictures, videos, and reviews of the services we provide on social media or sites like Google and Yelp. But what happens when someone is not happy with your services and writes a negative review about you or your business online for everyone to see? To a small business owner, this may feel like the end of the world, but, if managed correctly, there are a number of ways you can minimize the influence of the negative review and turn the situation around to have a positive impact on your business.

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Increase Your Income: Tips for Selling Retail in Your Salon Suite

Your talent, skills and relationship building skills with your clients have made you a successful salon suite owner and entrepreneur. Clients are coming to you because they know you are great at what you do. Now, you can turn your focus to growing your income. A great way to do this is selling retail products to your clients. Nobody likes pushy salespeople, so a lot of stylists can be uncomfortable when they start selling products. Here are a few ideas to help you get comfortable selling retail in your suite:

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6 Ways to Make Your Salon Suite the Talk of the Town

 
It is true, we love our clients, let's make sure your clients know how much you love them. The salon experience is not just about providing the best service, it's also about customer service. To ensure you are making your clients feel special in and out of the chair, we have provided a couple ideas to help you show your clients the love.
 
  1. Celebrate your clients' milestones and accomplishments. As a beauty professional you are often a trusted adviser for clients. Knowing what events are happening in their lives gives you the chance to brag about them. Take this opportunity to send a congratulatory email or post about their accomplishment on your social media pages. Sharing your clients' happiness makes them feel valued and gives them a sense of pride in doing business with you.
  2. Donate to a charity on your clients' behalf. People love to do business with businesses that are good to others. Select a holiday or month that has an event dedicated to a cause important to you and donate a percentage of the client's spend to the charity. Not only does the charity benefit but your clients will feel good about spending money with you. It may even urge them to spend a little more. Sound expensive? This is a tax write-off for your business. Bonus: Announce on your Social Media channels the details of your donation and use charity associated hashtags for added exposure.
  3. Offer a surprise upgrade. What could be better than the feeling you get from receiving an unexpected upgrade? Make your loyal client's day by upgrading a part of your service such as adding on an extra 15-minutes to their massage or giving an extra long head massage when you are washing their hair.
  4. Reward social media behavior. There is no better marketing for your business than a client posting great things about you and your services on Social Media. From client selfies to thank you texts/emails, these are important branding events that should be celebrated. Let a client know how much you appreciate their feedback by giving them a $5.00 gift card to a local coffee house or a percent off services at a noncompeting suite owners business.
  5. Start a VIP experience. Red carpet treatment? Yes please! For your most loyal clients invite them to a VIP experience where they receive added value to their services on special occasions such as their Birthday, Valentines Day, Mother's Day, etc. Value add services could include a complimentary hair cut with color service, buy two products and receive the third free or a deep conditioning treatment with a haircut.
  6. Offer a loyalty rewards program. Give your clients an incentive to visit you and at the same time make them feel special. Start a simple loyalty rewards program that your clients can appreciate and is easy for you to manage. An example would be clients can earn points for every dollar spent ($1.00 = 1 Point, simple). Create benchmarks the clients can achieve to earn gift cards and/or discounts toward products or services (500 Points = $15.00 Gift Card, 1,000 Points = $50.00 Gift Card). Be clear on the program with your clients ensuring they understand points are valid for services, products or gift cards. Make sure to include a referral incentive that will motivate your client to refer their friends and family (a referral = 200 Points). Bonus: Post your client's achievement on your social media pages.

8 Strategies Beauty Professionals use to Keep Clients Coming Back

As beauty professionals, we often know what our clients like and why they continue to make appointment after appointment. You have been in the industry for years and are very good at what you do. However, unless you are booked solid for months in advance, it might be worth taking a quick refresher and hear from clients on reasons why they stay loyal and book that next appointment.

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How to Market Your Salon Business on Instagram

As a visual platform with more engaged users than any other social channel, Instagram is a marketing must-do for salon professionals. It’s an easy way to create and share content – from salon selfies to those beloved before & afters. If you’re not marketing to new and current customers on Instagram yet, you should be. We asked marketing expert Andria Rosell to share her tips for using Instagram to grow your business.

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6 Blog Ideas for Salon Suite Owners

If you find yourself asking the question, do I need to start a blog for my salon suite business, we will tell you, yes, you do. Like many, the time needed or spats of writer’s block end the endeavor before it begins. But let’s start by looking at blogging from a practical side, specifically what benefits it could have on your business.

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10 Beauty Secrets from the Pros at A Suite Salon

A Suite Salon has some of the most talented beauty professionals in the business with expertise in hair, makeup, skin, massage, nails, eyelashes and more. We asked them to share their top beauty secrets with us, and here’s what they had to say:

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10 Ways to Keep Your Salon Suite Busy in 2017

Now that 2017 has finally arrived it is time for a fresh start and new goals. But sometimes that excitement can wear off as the inevitable slowdown in customer spending comes to pass in the post holiday months of January and February.  We have a few tips on how to keep your salon chair full and your dryers blowing during these first couple months so those New Years goals stay on track throughout the year.

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End of the Year Business Tips for Salon Suite Owners

The end of the year is hours away, which means it’s crunch time for small business owners to review the past year and ensure their salon suite business is ready to take on the new year. Now is a great time to review tips and strategies on how to save money on your taxes and improve your bottom line for next year. We recommend four key strategies to finish the year strong:

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Is 2017 the Year to Start Your Salon Suite Business?

It always starts with a sudden flash of inspiration. Something you see, do, or hear, and the next thing you know you dive head first into the waters of business ownership. Sometimes the water is warm and you enjoy the fruits of your labor. Other times it can be a cold hard venture that either makes you stronger and ready to try again or seemingly scares you to the point of immobility. Either way it can be scary.

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5 Signs You're Ready to Be Your Own Boss

Most of our Suite Salon professionals tell us they dreamed of owning their own businesses for a long time before they took action. So, how do you know when it’s the right time to make the leap? Here are 5 signs that you’re ready to be your own boss:

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GETTING TO KNOW: KEERA PRICE


Often times we are asked what feature we are most proud of at A Suite Salon. Being in the suite business since 2007 our answer has always been the same… we are most proud of our talented Professionals who followed their dream and became an entrepreneur. Let us introduce you to one of our professionals.

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6 Marketing Tips for your Salon Suite Business in the New Year

It is here, 2017 is just days away, and while you are busy now, what plans do you have for the typically slow first months of they year? As customers spend like crazy this month, they will inevitably pull back for the early part of a year as a cooling period for their personal budget.  We have a few tips on how to keep your salon chair full and your curling irons hot during these first couple lean months of the year.

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