Tina Alberino

Beauty industry survivalist, salon crisis interventionist, tactical verb-weapon specialist, and the leader of at least a hundred workplace revolutions, Tina Alberino is known as much for her extensive knowledge as for her sarcastic wit and mercilessly straightforward style. She’s the author of The Beauty Industry Survival Guide and Salon Ownership and Management: A Definitive Guide to the Professional Beauty Business. When she’s not writing, educating, or consulting, she can be found overthinking everything, identifying problems people didn’t know existed, and stubbornly working to change the things she cannot accept.

How to Make an Online Portfolio

What's an online portfolio? What should it contain? Isn't Instagram enough? How do I create one? You've got questions. Here are the answers. (As a...

“Is my boss required to give me a detailed pay stub?”

"My boss refuses to give me a pay stub. Every pay period, I just receive a check. The problem is that our math doesn't...

“Independent Contractor” Defined: For Salon Owners

This quick article has been written for salon owners so that they can better understand exactly what an "independent contractor" is. For more detailed...

“Can I make my independent contractors sign non-compete agreements?”

Theoretically, you could compel someone uninformed and/or desperate enough to sign anything, but should you? No. Never. Never ever ever ever ever. Requiring independent contractors to...

The Arguments Against Medical Nail Technicians

There are people out there who claim that "medical nail technicians" do not or should not exist. Although I am a certified MNT and CPMA...

What to Do When Your Boss is Withholding Wages

Wage withholding as punishment is expressly prohibited by federal  and state law. When and how often an employer is obligated to pay employees varies from state to...

Booth Renters: Be Your Own Boss

"I don't have a problem with entitlement. My problem is that I'm not getting everything I want." We all know some salon landords who want...

Contracts 101: Arbitration Clauses

Would you ever sign a contract that waived your right to a jury trial if you ever suffered some kind of injury or wrongdoing...

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