How to Organize My Salon

  1. How many magazines do you receive? A good rule of thumb would be to keep two issues of a magazine (the current one and a back issue). You provide magazines for people to read, but you don’t have to provide everything. If you stop providing them, they will bring their own reading material.

  2. When a telemarketer calls, asked to be put on their do not call list. You may need to provide your phone number. Once you have requested to be put on their do not call list they are required to put you on the list for ten years. Go to and register all your phone numbers on the National Do Not Call list.

  3. Consolidate your suppliers. Try to use two or three suppliers to ship the majority of your supplies. Find a reliable firm. On your appointment calendar, schedule a time to re-order supplies, for instance, the 1st of the month and the 15th of the month. It may only take 15 minutes once you get around to doing it.

  4. Create an order form sheet so you can list the products you order most frequently from the vendor.

  5. Reduce the volume of junk mail that you receive. For any piece of mail that you don’t want, contact the mailer and ask to be removed from their mailing list. Go to for a quick method to get off the mailing list. Contact Mail Preference Service, Direct Mail Association, PO Box 282, Carmel NY 10512 to be removed from mailing lists.

  6. Collect the names and addresses of your customers. Utilize postcards to send targeted mailings on a regular basis. It is ten times cheaper to keep a customer than to find a new customer.

  7. Clean out the kitchenette area at the end of the week. Get rid of all food, spices and other items that don’t belong.

  8. Don’t replace any supplies until you have to. How long does it take you to use up your current inventory? If you have products just sitting on your shelves, that’s money out of your pocket. Be sure to rotate your inventory using the FIFO system (first in first out). If you have a product you don’t really like but need to use up, use it just one day a week. Eventually it will be gone.

  9. Create your own phone message pad. Use check boxes for the services people usually ask for.

  10. If you don’t like to wash towels, contact a local diaper service or a fluff and fold laundry about laundering your towels.

  11. Set an appointment to go to the bank. Don’t let those checks and cash hang around. Get them into the bank as fast as possible If you put the cash in your pocket, it tends to get spent before it gets deposited.