You’ve graduated and received your license in cosmetology. Now what? Oftentimes schools place an emphasis on passing the State Board, rather than teaching the reality of what it’s like in the workforce. Here are some tips to help prepare you for working in the Beauty Industry:
1. Build Your Clientele. Knowing you’d like to be your own boss is ambitious, but going out on your own may be difficult at first. Try working in a high-traffic salon to build a client base—that way, if you decide to change locations or start your own business, your loyal clients will follow you. Another advantage of working for a busy salon is you’ll learn everything there is to know about the business from the more experienced stylists there.
2. Stay in Good Physical Shape. Cosmetology can be a very physically demanding career. It can be especially tough on the legs and back. Keeping yourself in good physical shape can help prevent many of the aches and pains that can come from being on your feet all day, every day. Also, wearing sensible shoes can help alleviate potential problems as well.
3. Continuing Education is Key. Just because you’re done with school doesn’t mean the learning stops. The beauty industry changes quickly, so it’s important to keep up with it. Take workshops and seminars related to your field. Clip out the latest styles from fashion magazines so you can help your clients choose a look. The good news is continuing education and magazine subscriptions are tax-deductible.
4. Taxes are Your Responsibility. Unless you’re working as an employee at a spa or salon where taxes are withheld from your paycheck, you will need to be responsible for business taxes. There are many tax deductions that are common to all cosmetologists, however. These are:
Licensing fees, Booth space rental, Supplies and Office Expenses, and all Business-related Insurance expenses. Click on this link for an IRS Guide to Tax Tips for the Cosmetology & Barber Industry.
5. You Need Liability Insurance. Most places of business will require you to have liability insurance. This protects you from risks associated with claims and lawsuits in the event your client suffers a misfortune while under your care. This can include anything from a mistake made on your part to an accident like a slip and fall, or an adverse reaction to a product.
Being a cosmetologist can be a rich and rewarding career. Above all, remember to have fun.