So you’re deciding on a job you want to make a career out of, and you feel you know a thing or two about hair. What now? You decide you want to become a barber, but do you know all the pros and cons just so you are 100% sure? I’m going to discuss here the different pros and cons of becoming a barber.

First and foremost, one of the biggest pros to being a barber is being self-employed. Being a barber means you’re your own boss, so most likely you’ll never be out of a job. You can own your own shop, or you can rent out a chair at a local barbershop. Granted, working in someone else’s shop may not be ideal for you if you crave complete freedom, but it helps build experience! Also, shops are always looking for new talent.

A barber’s income is actually a decent income. Depending on how good the barber can cut, they can make great money. The better the barber’s skills, the more he or she can charge for their service. Not only do skills define their income, but also location. Smart barbers setup shop in locations were they know they can make the most money with the type of haircuts they know how to do, and the type of hair they know how to cut. In 2011, the annual income of a barber was $28,050. The top ten percent of the barber make an annual income of $46,000. The bottom ten percent had an annual income of around $17,000. The sky is the limit, and your income will also be reflected by the effort you put in to your career, which leads in to my next point.

Becoming a barber comes with a lot of freedom, especially when it comes to working hours. A barber may choose his own time to go and leave the shop whenever he or she wants to. On the other hand, if you have a lot of clients, I’m sure they wouldn’t leave and miss out on all that money. Also, you get vacation days whenever you want. Basically, as stated before, you are your own boss! The only thing you have to do is pay your booth rent, and if you own your own shop, all you have to do is pay rent for the business! A lot of jobs limit employees to how many hours they can work, and how much money they can make. Being a barber, you can work however long as you want to make as much money as you want; it’s completely on you and your work ethic.

In the barbering industry, they don’t require you to wear any special suit or shirt, only a barber jacket. This jacket can be designed any way you want. You have the freedom to wear anything you want, as long as it is presentable and professional.

Becoming a barber allows you to assist someone in feeling good about themselves, which builds their self-esteem. You may never know, that haircut might help someone in the long run, like a job or even an important date.

These are some of the pros of being a barber, in the next article, we’ll discuss some of the cons of being a barber.

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