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Favoring the Hybrid Ownership Approach

Dry Bar is the classic model for rapid scaling. It has a narrow remit with a well-developed, hugely attractive brand identity. To quote founder Alli Webb: ‘Our philosophy is simple. Focus on one thing and be the best at it. For us that’s blowouts.’ In seven years we’ve gone from …

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Are you ready to hire (and manage) Gen Z?

Chances are, you’ve just gotten used to working with Millennials, but it’s already time to start thinking about the next generation of employees. A new crop of 21-and-unders are pushing open your doors, demanding jobs and exciting opportunities. All those kids coming out of beauty school are the oldest members …

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What Does Rebooking Mean to You?

When it comes to retention, the number one objective at K Charles is rebooking. More than guest loyalty or retail, rebooking is the go-to measurement to monitor business performance. When I was still behind the chair, my rebooking ran at 87-90 per cent. How did I manage such a high …

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Getting Advice Straight from the Source

The specter of burgeoning booth rentals and independent suites is a huge challenge for commission-based businesses like K Charles, snatching away experienced service providers we spend many years and dollars developing. It’s difficult sometimes to understand the attraction. Our top artists can earn $120,000 a year without the responsibility and …

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Creative Recruitment Strategies

One of the biggest fallacies of the industry is the belief that those salons with schools attached will be awash with genius, newly licensed cosmetologists. But it simply isn’t true. We run two schools yet our intake from our own schools is less than 10 per cent. We give people …

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How Do You Know When Is The Best Time To Sell Your Business?

Timing is one of the most important factors in achieving a successful company sale or divestiture. So how do you know when the ‘best’ time to sell occurs? Sell a Company When it is Performing Well and the Future is Promising There are five primary factors to consider as you …

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The Dos and Don’ts of Community Engagement

Since 1998, Peninsula Beauty has tried to brighten Mother’s Day for every mother whose child is a patient at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, which treats thousands of children from all over America. But it’s just one community involvement program run by our 13-store business. We’ve turned it into an …

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An EVP Could Be Your MVP for Success

The next few years are predicted by some to be a bumpy ride. The explosion of the freelance economy along with the challenges facing cosmetology schools will mean an ever-shrinking pool of qualified, experienced people for salons to fight over. We are facing nothing less than a war for talent …

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The Secret to Engaging Service Providers

Happy guests equal a happy business. Satisfied clients fill up future appointments and buy more product. But I’ve seen some salons spend so much energy on perfecting the ultimate client journey they forgot to consider the experience of their service providers – the men and women on the salon floor …

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RIP 2016

2016 is one of those years that will stand out in history. We elected a president who many said was unelectable after an election that seems to have divided the country. We also said goodbye to some of the greatest heroes of our time. RIP Leonard Cohen, Prince and David …

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