But How Realistic Is That, Really?

Several years back, after teaching a course at Premiere Orlando, I was approached by an apprehensive pupil who asked, “How do I convince my husband that I can generate income doing fingernails?” Though unexpected, it was another question. Before becoming licensed Even, this student was feeling uncertain about her profession choice. She was worried about finding the ideal salon Perhaps, buying expensive products, developing her technical skills, building a loyal clientele or other challenges that people face as beauty professionals.

Instinctively, I responded, “You first need to convince yourself. ” Rather than offer false assurances, I wanted in all honesty. While my experience validates the likelihood of success, it’s not just a common experience rather than what students should expect, no matter how self-confident these are. If thinking in oneself were the foundation of success, any manicurist could succeed, regardless of talent, effort and/or luck.

That’s not the situation. Here, ‘s another thing students are not apt to be told, but I in any case inform them. Within the wonder profession, there’s a strong possibility of failure, and the overwhelming desire to be “independent” may be at fault. Visit any beauty college and nearly all students will reveal their dreams of opening their own salons. I can relate to the enthusiasm of entering a new occupation and appreciate the students’ excitement.

Understandably, it’s very appealing to envision ourselves as with the capacity of making our own decisions, managing our work environment, making clients look and feel better, doing what we love and helping us. But how realistic is that, really? Regardless of employment status, how many manicurists make a living wage doing nails? If not many don’t blame greedy salon owners. Having taken a chance to be independent either as booth renters or salon owners, why achieve this many manicurists still struggle? Let’s go back to beauty school, in which students learn how to perform the wonder services required by a licensing examination. Being prepared for a test differs from being prepared for the realities of salon work, much less salon ownership.

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Instructors can inspire students all they need, but if they happened to be unsuccessful working in a salon environment, how can they prepare their students? I ask that question facetiously because I’m frequently contacted by people who plan to open salons, despite having no professional education or experience in our industry other than getting services. These potential salon owners think that their success in their current profession will easily translate to success in the nail profession.

They’re just as naive as students. Opening a salon is simple; working one that’s legal and profitable is a lot harder to achieve. Time for the plight of struggling manicurists, what’s the nagging problem? ‘To refer clients to me, and so on. Why do these manicurists reject the option of being utilized by a responsible and successful salon owner?

What makes them believe they could do better on their own? While optimism might initially sustain them and sometimes indefinitely, it can mislead as well. How else to describe the true number of manicurists who persist in our profession despite not being financially successful? They don’t need to make money Maybe; they might have another job, financial support from a spouse or a trust fund. That’s not me; I’ve always appreciated my success more than my independence because I have to support myself. Each of us must consider what’s inside our best interests and for a few, that might indicate departing the nail occupation entirely. If that seems harsh, I’d say that encouraging those not capable of success, for whatever reasons, to stick it out would be a lot more so. If I’m incorrect, they can prove it.