Post # 1
I’m turning to the hive for some unbiased honest advice.
About 8 years ago, I very seriously considered going to beauty school to do hair. I ruled it out at the time but it’s always been something I have had interest in. I recently did the makeup for a friend’s wedding (no charge, I just liked helping out) and she mentioned that she thought I should do bridal makeup and hair… which really has got me thinking.
If any of you follow my postings, I am unemployed for the second time in two years due to layoff. My line of work was based in Real Estate and given the economic downturn we still haven’t seen things pick back up (PSA: I’m not an agent.) I don’t have more than a 2 year college degree and when I tried to return to university to finish my bachelors last fall, I realized I had no desire to finish school anymore. I left after one semester. My fiance supports whatever I choose to do, but would really like to see me walk away from my current occupation, despite the good pay.
If anyone is willing to give me some honest advice, I would really like to hear it. From the outside, I only see my view of the pros/cons. How accurate am I? Anything else I should consider?
Pros: Enjoyment of human interaction, helping people, setting my own schedule, potentially running a salon one day, flexibility, service trades (massage, hair, makeup, nails etc – all things I currently pay full price for that I could potentially get at discount or as a trade), possible tax write offs, decent money
Cons: Standing all day, carpel tunnel, not so decent money?, am I too old to get started (I’m 29), building clientèle, starting over!
Post # 3
You aren’t too old to start a new career! You aren’t even 30 yet. I think if you really want to do it, then go for it. Does your FH have a stable career that can provide a steady stream of income? That really had an effect on me choosing a career.
Post # 4
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I don’t feel like I’m too old to start a new career – but I AM genuinely concerned about starting at 30 a career that will require me to work with my hands and stand on my feet for long periods of time. I know that sounds silly, but after being in three auto accidents in ten years, I have a fair share of aches and pains as I approach 30. My fear about age is directly related to that.
In the event I do pursue this, I would still remain on my current unemployment (I think?) and he has a stable job that would allow me to go to school and get started.
Post # 5
I think you should go for it! I don’t think you’re too old to start a new career especially when your orginial plan isn’t working out for you
I think your cons are accurate, you should add there are a lot of drama in salons. My aunt is one. She loves her job and hates it all the same. You will be standing on your feet all day and your hands will probably hurt. Like every job, there some “office politics” to go around and normal co-worker craziness. She always tells me about how much crap she has to put up with. Customers are rude and will tell you one thing than complain to get a free haircut or some crap.
My aunt doesn’t really make decent money, especially right now when people don’t tip as much as they used too. She also works a lot, but it may be because she works for a small family owned salon with few employees.
It’s also hard to start a business, but people will follow you. My aunt switched salons and all her customers who saw her regularly followed her across town to the new salon she was working at. She kind of a therapist to a few of them because she knows their personal life to a tee 😉
Post # 6
I was in a very similar place 6 months ago — except I’m 35. I took the plunge and am currently finishing up my 2nd quarter of cosmetology school. It’s a lot more difficult than I’d anticipated, and it’s fairly physically demanding. But I love it! My only regret is that it took me so long to do it.