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Customer success story: Hillcrest Hair Design

17 Jan 2023 by Kitomba

Hillcrest Hair Design, located in Hamilton, New Zealand is a family-owned salon that has been operating for over 50 years. In 2021, Amy Carswell took over the business from her grandparents and it has seen incredible growth, even during the pandemic.

Watch the video below and keep reading to learn more about Amy’s start in the hair industry at a very young age, how she maintains a great culture at the salon, and her top tips for anyone who is thinking about stepping into salon ownership.

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This year, make a plan to work smarter, not harder.

12 Jan 2023 by Kyra Sproule

The new year is here, meaning now is the time to look at your business and set goals for the year to come. Look closely at yourself, your team and your tools to see if you can streamline everything into one well-oiled machine. Here’s how to get started!

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Mastering your salon finances

1 Dec 2022 by Malcolm Gibbons

Aww c’mon now, I can hear the groans already, not finance… BUT keep reading; the information below just may help you make more money this year and in the years to come!

Many salons, spas and clinics fail due to the lack of funds available during their life – there is a reason that cash flow is known as the “lifeblood” of a business. US Small Business Administration has identified “insufficient capital” as the crucial factor for small business failure in USA, and so we can assume that this would be the case globally.

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The importance of creating a healthy, happy salon workplace

29 Nov 2022 by Kitomba

We spend so much of our lives at work, it’s no surprise to learn it can have a huge impact on our health and wellness! Likewise, our health and wellbeing can have a huge impact on our work, and a lot of this is down to your working environment.

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Do you really know your clients? Creating loyalty in your salon

21 Nov 2022 by Alyssa Dowsett

We all strive to create loyal clients. The type of client who visits you without fail every six weeks for their facial or the client who books with Sarah every time because she has always done her nails. 

That’s because loyal clients are much easier to service, they tend to buy more and most importantly, you have regular guaranteed income. That is of course, a dream client!

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5 skills every salon manager should have

14 Nov 2022 by Kitomba

Managing a team can be difficult, particularly as we often don’t receive any formal training on how to be a great manager. Very few people could walk into a role with all skills, and of course not every manager operates in the same way! There are a few key areas however that as a manager you should be competent in, or working towards improving.

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The client numbers that will grow your salon business

9 Nov 2022 by Kitomba

We know how important your clients are to the success of your salon, spa or clinic. You focus on providing them with the best service. You focus on remembering the details like their favourite hot drink and that they’re excited for their holiday next week. But there’s another way you can focus on your clients which will grow your business – by looking at the numbers.

Read on to discover the client metrics that can make a massive difference to the growth of your salon, spa, or clinic, and how to improve them.

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5 steps for a successful Christmas season in your salon

4 Nov 2022 by Malcolm Gibbons

Now I know, you know, that Christmas will happen this year whether you’re ready or not, so you might as well be ready!

Make some time to gather your thoughts, put together some ideas and sketch out a plan for your Christmas marketing. Think about timing, budget, staff, products and promotions. It may all seem very daunting at this stage, however planning now will not only save you time and hassle later, but will also boost your business profits this coming Christmas and New Year.

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The best pricing strategies for salons

1 Nov 2022 by Kitomba

Salon pricing – it’s timely and relevant because increased costs make it a very real issue for most small business owners at the moment. The inflated costs of supplies and other overheads make price increases a necessary part of doing business. 

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7 time management tips for busy salon managers

28 Oct 2022 by Kitomba

Managing a salon, spa or clinic is hard work. Not only do you have so many different hats to wear, you often need to wear them all at the same time!  

There’s only a limited number of hours in the day, so it’s important to be able to manage your time as efficiently as possible.

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