April 29, 2015

Seeking Meaningful Employment in Cosmetology


So, you are in cosmetology school and you are doing great things to better yourself and benefit from your education. You have been working hard to build a clientele through utilizing 5-Star Customer Service and you have made incredible strides technically as well. All of these things are great! You should be proud of yourself. However, there is still work to be done. You didn’t go to cosmetology school just for the experience of learning, you entered this field with the goal of gaining a career! By utilizing the knowledge gained in Nuts and Bolts you have a very solid foundation to start your journey and maintain your career.

Where to look

When you first entered school at Hays Academy of Hair Design in Hays or Salina (haysacademy.edu), you likely had a goal in mind on where you hoped to work. Whether you are from a small town or a larger city, there are salons that are looking for YOU! In book 5 of your Nuts and Bolts education-Salon and Spa Professional, you learned that it is recommended that you select 10 salons. Once you have them selected, order them from 1-10, 1=most desired salon and 10=least desired salon. Once you have completed your list, begin interviewing/touring these salons from #10 to #1. Having visited all of the salons on your list, you are better educated on which salons are suited to your interests. From your list of 10, narrow your list to 5. Actively seek employment at these salons! Your student services contact at either school is able to assist you in this process.

What to look for in a commission based salon

It is incredibly important that you find the salon that fits for your own desires. Here are a few hints as to what to focus upon;
1) Does the salon offer continuing education?
Will you be able to increase your commission percentage over time, or are you locked into the same percentage for the length of your time at this salon?
How will the salon assist you in marketing yourself?
Is the salon modernized and clean?
Is the atmosphere of the salon environment what you are looking for?
Do you have to sign a contract?
Do they sell retail? If so, do you get regular bonuses based off of your retail sales?
Of the products they sell, do you believe in them? Do you feel as though the product lines carried are practical and useful?
Will the salon assist you in marketing yourself once you come aboard?
Any other questions you may have regarding employment.

Advice to those seeking booth rental straight out of cosmetology school

It is a difficult to make a livable wage while working at a booth rental salon straight out of school. Nationally, the average recommendation for being successful in the booth rental world is to be booked 80% of the time. This means that you only rely upon walk-ins and same day appointments 20% of the time. Another disadvantage to booth rental includes how expensive start-up costs can be. From purchasing all of your products and color, to paying utilities (water, electricity, cleaning costs, front desk personnel, and etc.), to having to pay for your own advertising and marketing, to the actual rent you must pay each week or month, your overhead can really add up. Plus, don’t forget that you have to pay yourself! So, what can one do if they want to work in a booth rental salon? Work in a commission based salon and build your clientele first is the most common answer! Feel free to talk to other cosmetologists and ask them about their recommendations! After all, they have been in your situation before!

“I want to own my own salon right out of school. Advice?”

Wanting to be a business owner is an awesome goal. There are few rewards in life like being your own boss! There are also a great deal of financial  and personal responsibility that is required to be successful. After meeting with salon owners from across the region, the most common piece of advice given in this regard was for stylists to accomplish 5-10 years of salon experience before going into business for yourself. The positives of waiting are very valuable, and include; a) you build your clientele b) you develop a solid understanding of how the salon works financially c) when you fail, you can learn from your mistakes in a learning environment.

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