Reading Time: 4 minutesIt seems like every day, I hear salon and spa owners complain about how hard it is to get quality candidates to interview for positions inside their businesses.  Does it seem like nothing is working? Resumes are barely trickling in and you occasionally have an applicant stop by. If this sounds familiar, keep reading. Guess […]

March 17, 2017

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Reading Time: 2 minutesThey say the biggest challenge in business is communication, or lack thereof. I believe this to be true. How many times have you had a staff meeting where you announced a new policy, or a new system and within a week, the team is back to doing things the old way?  Does that sound familiar?  If […]

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August 25, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes“The goal is to have every chair or treatment room fully staffed for every  hour that the business is open.” There are so many ways to introduce split shifting schedules in your salon or spa.   Most of your scheduling parameters will be driven by the days your business is open and your hours of operation.  There […]

March 7, 2016

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Reading Time: 2 minutesYou can stop stressing now.  Use this tool. Have you ever created a business plan?  The first time I had to create a business plan was in 2001, when we were moving our salon from its original location on Guadalupe Street to its new home on South Congress Avenue here in Austin, Texas.  I was […]

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November 16, 2015

Reading Time: 6 minutesOne Of The Hardest Things For Entrepreneurs To Master Let’s talk about time management.    In particular, let’s talk about the art of delegating.   Delegating is  one of the hardest things to do for entrepreneurs, especially newly minted entrepreneurs.   Why?  Entrepreneurs are, in most cases, control freaks.   We like to know everything, […]

November 8, 2015

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Reading Time: 7 minutesThis is the third in a series of three posts centered around the topic of how we utilize our time and the differences between being effective versus being productive.    There really is a difference.   Let me start off by asking you a few questions.        What does it look like when you’re working […]

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October 26, 2015

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn my last blog post, I talked about the idea of focusing what matters most in order to become the most effective YOU. After answering  five simple questions, hopefully you were able organize and compare how you are currently spending your time.   Taking time to pause and reflect definitely makes it easier to see […]

October 19, 2015

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Reading Time: 3 minutesIf you’re like me, you have a lot of people and things competing for your time and attention.   Do you ever have days when you feel like you didn’t get anything done?    It’s like the hamster on the wheel, running as fast as it can but not getting anywhere.  “I’m spinning my wheels!” is what […]

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February 17, 2015


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Chris Murphy