When you look around in this big, wide world, you can see the need for all sorts of careers, jobs and industries.
One career that seems it will always be in demand is hair styling.
People will invest time and money in their appearance, and the value of a good hairdresser is immense. If you are stuck in the “What should I do” career mode, you may want to consider hair styling. And one of the big advantages is the flexibility of the industry.
Some hairdressers have known from their childhoods that they want to go into this field. Others find it as a second career. Whichever the case, a pro to hairstyling is the flexibility of where you can go.
If you decide to move, you can always find a job. If you decide to go out on your own, you’ll have business. In fact, plenty of hairdressers decide to work from their own home.
Becoming a Hairstylist
As the following article notes, let’s take a look at how to become a hairstylist.
You will have to attend an accredited school for licensing and training purposes. Depending on if you want to specialize in a certain area, like color or up-do’s, you’ll have to take specific classes. Many hairdressers than choose to intern with an established stylist for experience.
Others work in a training school before going out on their own. You’ll have to pass certain tests and requirements to gain licensure, and then you can decide where you’d like to be.
If you decide to work out of your own home, you’ll encounter both pros and cons.
For the pros, you’ll be your own boss. You can set your own prices, your hours and use what products you like.
Many home hairstylists have a separate area of their home, with a separate entrance for their workspace. This allows them to create a spa/salon atmosphere to separate work from home and make customers more comfortable. You’ll need to find out what kind of additional licensing you’ll need for a home business in your state.
As for the cons, the biggest one may be starting off and getting customers.
One great way to market you is through the Internet.
Any credible business these days has a website, and it would be worth it to you to set one up. Even if you don’t have the know-how, it may be worth the cost to have someone do it for you.
You can post rates, hours and a photo gallery of your work. Many people like to see the atmosphere, as well, before they make an appointment.
Don’t forget social media for marketing needs.
Set up a Facebook account, Instagram and Pinterest. It’s a great way to get your name and business out there, and you never what great clients you’ll pick up this way.
And the more clients you have, the more they’ll spread your name around.
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About the Author: Heather Legg is a writer who covers topics such as working from home, social media and education.