How to Choose the Right Barbershop Job


You’ve worked your way through your Barbering Program and it’s almost time to sit for your licensing exam. You know what that means—it’s also time to look for a job.

So where should you begin your search? Which barbershop is right for you? Here are some tips to find the best barbershop for you:

Choose Between Commission or Chair Rental

There are two types of barbershops: those that allow you to work on commission and those that allow you to rent your own chair. When you rent a chair, you get more than just a space to work in—you also get a lot of freedom. You can set your own hours, build your own clientele, and basically be your own boss. But this setup can get tricky because you are responsible for marketing and advertising your business, and you will have to buy your own supplies. You’ll also be responsible for bookkeeping, taxes, and all of the other paperwork that comes with managing a business.

For those reasons, a commission-based environment can be a safer choice. When you work on commission, the business takes care of the marketing and all the paperwork. It can provide a steadier clientele and can also make for an easier transition right out of school. The downside is that you do have to share a portion of your earnings with the manager or owner, and there is less flexibility and freedom. Weigh all of the pros and cons of both settings and decide which one would be the right fit for you.

Opportunities to Grow

Although you want to find a job that will help you earn money now, take your future into consideration. Find a place that will help you hone your craft and will support your development as a professional. Once you establish your career, you will want to climb the ladder so to speak, so ask about advancement opportunities and potential pathways for senior positions.

Consider the Pace

Does the barbershop have a line around the corner? If you’re fresh out of school, revved up and ready to break into the industry, this may be the barbershop for you! A busy barbershop means a steady clientele, and a steady clientele means you’ll never be bored. Plus, if the shop truly is booked, that also means it has a great reputation—more chances for you to learn and earn.

On the other hand, if life forces you to slow down, or if your career nears its end, you may want to choose a barbershop that offers a slower pace.

At Salon Success Academy, you’ll gain the hands-on experience and business savvy that will help you succeed in your first job, no matter where you work. Our barber program is taught by dedicated professionals who will guide you through the courses as well as help prep you for the licensing exam. So, what are you waiting for? Call 877-987-HAIR (4247) to kickstart your career today.