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.

COVID-19: Our New Economic Reality

If you’re seeking comfort, look elsewhere. I’m a pessimistic realist and I’m not pulling any punches today. None of us has time to waste on carefully crafted introductions that state the obvious, so let’s get right to it: Now that COVID-19 has upended everything, what the hell do we do as individuals, employees, employers, small business owners, parents, and as an industry overall? What can we expect over the next few years?

The Social Distancing and Homeschool Survival Guide for Parents

Hello! You likely know me as “Tina Alberino, Beauty Industry Window-Smasher Extraordinaire,” but I also happen to be homeschooling my five children. As someone...

Year-Round Tax Prep Tips for Beauty Professionals

Everyone is beholden to their tax obligations, no matter what line of work you're in, but in our industry, taxes can be particularly tricky—especially...

Your First Month: Settling Into Your New Workplace

It can be hard to navigate social interactions with a group of new people, especially with first-impression pressure. Unless you’re among founding staff at...

Money Management: How to Simplify Your Finances

Before you read this, I recommend reading this Community post about the Profit First strategy, and why I wholeheartedly do not recommend it for...

How to Unfriend the Internet

Your Aunt Linda can pry into your personal life the way civilized people creeped on each other pre-MySpace—by dropping by unexpectedly, asking a bunch of uncomfortable questions, and secretly rummaging through your medicine cabinet.

How to Handle Employee Departures

"HELP! My top performer quit last week and I have no idea what to do. She accounted for over 40% of the salon's revenue,...

Employee Relationships: Keeping Your Distance

You can (and should) be cordial and courteous, but here are the reasons why you need to keep an appropriate distance from those you manage.

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The Salon Owner’s and Booth Renter’s Guide to Avoiding an IRS Audit

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How to Tactfully Express Dissatisfaction

"I'm a salon manager with a staff of eight....