When is the last time you thought big?  I mean really big?

When I ask individuals what their goals are I usually get the same general answers.  “Open my own shop.”  “Work for someone”   “Build up a clientele”.  It is extremely rare that I hear anyone express an idea that is creative or will push the envelope.  Few of them provide answers that require much effort or have much innovation.

Barbering is an amazing profession with no limits.  There are few careers that can be learned in a matter of months that literally has no ceiling on earning potential.  Barbers can earn more money than many college graduates with a bachelors and even a master’s degree.

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One problem that is found with Barbers that lack experience is dealing with hair that sticks up or these cowlicks.  The barber tries to cut the hair to make it fit and correct the problem only to end up cutting the hair too short.   You can cut it all day long, but it won’t solve the problem.

Anyone can cut hair off.  The job of the Barber is to cut just enough.  Learn to solve problems.  It is not the hair that you cut that matters but rather the hair that is left on the head that is most important.

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Many people are looking for that one magic thing that they can do to change their business.  The truth of it all is that is comes down to hard work and a few basic principles.

Attitude is a critical part of being a Barber.  You can be a skilled worker and provide great haircuts.  You can have great prices and a fancy shop.  However, if you don’t have a good attitude, a desire to serve and please, the customer will be uncomfortable and will not come back. 

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The clipper used properly is the main implement in most haircuts. It is fast and allows for smooth technique allowing you to provide a beautiful cut with no lines or gouges. Haircuts come off best when the comb and clipper are used together. The best type of comb is called an “all purpose comb”. It is proper to use the course teeth of the comb and the all purpose comb exclusively.

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The cutting mechanism of the clipper is composed of a still blade and a cutting blade.  The still blade should always be held toward the hair and skin.  The cutting edge moves and is the useful part of the clipper.  The clipper is used properly with the still blade against the skin at all times and should NEVER be turned over with the cutting blade on the bottom.

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Have a reserve

Keep money in the bank for emergencies. You will have times that you will earn a lot of money and other times that you may not. Prepare for these slow times. Having money in the bank will protect you against financial disasters that you have no control over. Those that do not have money in reserve are living close to the edge. Anything can happen that will alter the economy and directly affect your business. Look around. How many business do you see open up and than shortly after they are forced to close down due to lack of capitol in the bank. Keeping a reserve will protect you and will give you a greater chance of being in business for many years to come.

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7  Ways to Recession Proof Your Business
Keep your company lean
In today’s uncertain economy there is nothing that can ruin a good business faster than having too much debt. Limit the amount of money that you borrow. Open your business with the lowest cost possible. Grow as you go. Put money into your business as you go instead of borrowing it all in the beginning. Having the lowest overhead possible will set you up to last through the tough times.

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