The Anti-Contact Page

Where I reject things like predatory and opportunistic "friendships," desperate cries for help I've already provided, and "opportunities" to work for free.

I no longer respond to emails containing questions I have already answered in the articles on this blog. My time is extremely limited and the email you were about to send is one of hundreds I receive every week.

Because so many of those emails are identical and because I have worked so hard to provide those answers to you for free on this site already, I’m going to have to ask you to attempt to help yourself by utilizing the search function. I have also included a directory of categories and post series below, along with a bunch of popular posts, separated by category.

I do not call people who do not have appointments, so please do not expect a call from me just because you’ve provided your phone number and a request for a return call. I have a limited number of office hours available every Monday for individual consulting. You’re welcome to make an appointment here.

I keep my personal life and professional life separated. Any friend and message requests sent through social media are ignored. (I only post stupid memes and random bullshit about board games, video games, and H.P. Lovecraft anyway, so you’re not missing anything. I’m not that interesting, really.) You’re welcome to like this blog’s Facebook page though, or connect with us on Pinterest or Twitter.

If you’re seeking me out for consulting or educating, I’m booked until January 2018 with ongoing projects and will not be accepting new clients or new speaking engagements until then.

Promotional mailings and petitions for product placements will be ignored. Space on this site isn’t for sale, nor is my endorsement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Comments remain open on posts for 14 days after publication and automatically close after that. Because this site has expanded so much over the years and has become so heavily trafficked, I just don’t have time to respond to the flood of comments. However, you’re always welcome to post your question in this blog’s Facebook group.

Employment Issues

If you are an employee or a salon owner, I recommend finding the most vicious employee defense attorney in your area.

Yes, salon owners, you heard me right. Find the most aggressive attorney who works to protect and defend workers, then hire them to help you structure or correct your business.

You can (and should) take advantage of your state’s resources also. Contact your labor board, visit your state websites, and learn about the laws in your area and what programs and assistance are available to you.

You can find links to federal resources (which apply to all 50 states), by clicking here.

Whatever you do, don’t think to contact me for legal advice (I’m not an attorney and therefore not qualified to provide it). I’m happy to send you any legal information (links to statutes, case law, etc.) that may help your attorney, and I’m happy to consult with your attorney to answer any industry-specific questions and help them gain some insight into weird customary beauty industry business practices, but I’m not a cheap attorney substitute. Got it?

Tax Issues

Contact Certified Public Accountants and local attorneys who specialize in tax law. Your friend who is “sort of a bookkeeper or something” isn’t qualified and neither is your client who is “a bankruptcy/real estate/divorce attorney.” Work with a specialist who takes their specialty seriously.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner (Tina Alberino) is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Tina Alberino and This Ugly Beauty Business with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Fair warning: I do take legal action against those who steal my content.

For those interested in buying this site or the copyrights to my content: That’s flattering, but the answer is and will always remain a hard NO.

If you’re confused about the independent contractor status and whether or not you are misclassified, read the following posts, the linked posts contained in those posts, and peruse the comments.

Know Your Rights in the Salon: Employee, Independent Contractor, Booth Renter
The 20 Factor IRS Test for the Beauty Industry
Employment Classifications Defined for the Beauty Industry

If you’re looking for guidance on how to have a difficult conversation at work or if you’re not sure what to do about labor exploitation, please read the following.

How to Approach Your Salon Owner to Discuss Fair Labor and Wage Practices
Wage Theft: What it is and what you can do about it.
Improperly Classified: What to do when you’re being misclassified as an Independent Contractor.

If those articles don’t answer your question, I advise you make an appointment with an employee defense attorney in your local area for a consultation, or you’re welcome to book an appointment for career counseling here.

Read a series.

Contracts 101: All about contracts.
Ask A Salon Manager: An advice column, rife with sarcasm, snark, and facts.
Ugly Business Practices: Professionals beware!
Know Your Rights: Legal information and recent developments that may affect you or your salon.

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