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Year End Business Tips for Salon Suite Owners


The end of the year is only a few weeks 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. December 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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Are you Ready for Salon Suite Ownership?

You have talent, you have goals and you want to be your own boss. You have the burning desire to be an entrepreneur and the goal of becoming a business owner, however, you are not sure moving from a salon to a suite concept is the right move for you. You might be asking yourself, when will I know I am ready to make this move? We suggest answering three key questions to help decide if you’re ready to own your own salon suite: 

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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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11 Tips to Market Your Salon Business on Facebook

As a visual platform with 1.71 billion monthly users, Facebook is an amazing marketing tool for salon professionals. It’s an easy way to create and share content that engages and communicates with current customers and markets your business to new customers. Here are some easy tips for using Facebook to grow your business.

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How to Turn a Bad Review into an Opportunity to Shine

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.

Great customer service can showcase the reasons customers should book with you – because you care about them and their experiences and want to make them happy. Here are our tips for how to handle a negative review about your business.

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A Suite Salon Pros Share Advice for Owning Your Own Salon Business

Imagine owning your own salon where you have your own space, your own brand and can choose your schedule, prices, products and more. If this is appealing and you’re tired of being a booth renter or a salon employee, the suite concept may be for you. Salon suites offer the opportunity to lease a space ready-made for a salon business in building with other salon professionals. This helps you make the leap to your owning your own salon without a lot of the costs and headache associated with starting your salon from the ground up.

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4 Ways to Get Clients to Post on Social Media about Your Business

A savvy salon business owner knows the importance of marketing to increase brand awareness and drive more customers in the door. Fortunately, we live in a time when social media, one of the best marketing tools for amplifying word of mouth, is available to us for FREE! Not only can you use social marketing to showcase pictures which highlight your work, but you can also get your clients to post about their experiences with your business, resulting in more FREE marketing for you. 

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10 Beauty Secrets from the Pros at A Suite Salon


A Suite Salon has 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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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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5 Ways to Get Repeat Clients

As a business owner, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about how to get new customers in the door. But once you get a client in your chair, do you work as hard to keep them coming back again and again? Much of your potential business profits depend on repeat customers. Unfortunately, the average salon business never sees half of their new clients again. 

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5 Signs You're Ready to Start Your Own Business

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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Choosing the Best Cosmetics for Your Skin Type and Tone

Learning how to pick the right cosmetics products for your unique skin type and tone may seem tricky; however, A Suite Salon has several tips to make this endeavor easier and more productive. Understanding your skin type and undertones is the first step toward discovering those cosmetics that will make you look your very best.

Foundation ~ Foundation is the first step to the flawless-looking skin everyone wants; however, getting to that point is oftentimes challenging. According to CoverGirl’s Dr. Sarah Vickery, only 15% of women choose the correct shade for their skin type and tone. Then you have to add in the different formulations—powders, liquids, tinted moisturizers—as well as application techniques, and selecting the proper foundation can become a daunting task.

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Getting To Know: ASHLEY DEVAUGHN

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.

When you walk into A Suite Salon Raleigh it is hard to miss the very talented Ashley DeVaughn. We are in pure awe as we watch client after client walk out of Ashley’s studio, ASHLEY GREY SALON, looking exceptional. Ashley has built her business upon her promise that each of her clients will leave looking and feeling gorgeous! Words we hear time after time describing Ashley’s services…she is phenomenal.

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Time to Spread Your Wings...Be Your Own Boss

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.

A Suite Salon has an option for you where the water is always warm. Opening your own business and achieving success does not need to be preceded by stress and fear. Imagine if all the pieces were already in place, including a luxurious and well-designed salon space, back office support that can take care of the little things, and low start up cost allowing you to be profitable from day 1. This is what we have done for countless A Suite Salon professionals and what we can do for you!

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GETTING TO KNOW: KEVIE MALEK

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.

It was only a few short months ago Kevie only took home half of what she earned. Now in her own suite and owner of Eye Candy Lash Bar, she takes home 100% of her profit. One of our favorite quotes by Kevie shortly after she started at A Suite Salon was, “I earned more in one week than I made in one month at my previous salon.”  We love to see Kevie in action and love to watch her clients leave her studio with a new glow about them! We are so proud of Kevie for making the move to A Suite Salon and becoming a true entrepreneur. As we say, the only way to fly is to first make the leap.

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Suite Hair and Makeup Tips for the Summer

Summer is here which can mean sun-dried hair and melting makeup. We all know what it's like to put in a ton of time and effort into your look only to walk outside and feel your makeup start melting away and your hair going flat. We ask the million dollar question….what can we do to stop the madness? A Suite Salon is sharing some simple tips and tricks to stand up to the heat, let’s start with makeup:

#1: Make sure you apply moisturizer before applying foundation ~ this step is going to keep your skin looking great and your foundation, powder or liquid, stay in place.

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GETTING TO KNOW: CHIQUITA STEELE

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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Short, Sassy Summer Styles We Think Are Suite

As the weather starts getting warmer, we are thinking about keeping cool. If you have ever wanted to change up your hairstyle, summer is a great time to try out a shorter hair style that is both hot and cool at the same time - let's take a quick peek at some suite looks for the summer season.

Have you seen Julianne Hough's latest bob with a sexy light wave? If you're use to wearing your hair longer, this is a gentle way to lighten up your look for summer. 

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GETTING TO KNOW: MICHELE THWEATT

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.

Michele Thweatt is a ball of energy and lights up the salon when she walks in! You can find Michele at the salon at all times of the day, whether it is working with a client who took the red eye in from New York to see her or a local client who’s only free day is Monday, Michele’s dedication to her clients is one of our favorite qualities, oh and of course, her work is simply stunning!!

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Why We Love Our Hairstylist

Very few people know you better than your hairstylist. And there are reasons why people love their hair stylist and keep coming back. In fact, a British study published in The Date Report, says your relationship with your stylist will outlast your marriage.

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