Benefits of Staying in the Barber Industry
In the first part of this series, we introduced something that might have shocked you—a lot of barbers give up barbering within the first three years of their career.
Despite the fact that the barbering industry continues to boom, the fact that the entire industry is being revitalized, and consistent demand for modern-day barbers, we’ve found that many, many barbers will give up on this industry, as well as their passion for barbering, in the first 3 years.
A lot of this has to do with exhaustion, a demand for time and money, limited services they can offer, and a complicated work-life balance.
As barbers ourselves, we get it. We understand the long hours of standing on your feet, talking with clients, and working past that 5 o’clock mark. We understand that your days off are probably filled with catching up on sleep and general lazing about because you’re so exhausted from your shift. We understand that your work-life balance is probably toast.
That being said—we don’t think that means you should give up.
Barbering is an absolutely fantastic career that—when given the time, effort, and right adjustment period— can turn be the ultimate gig. If you make the effort to figure out how to do it right, balance your work-hard-play-hard mindset, and figure out what most appeal to you about the job, then you can likely have a long, rewarding, and exciting career as a barber.
We want you to remember that initial spark of wonder you felt when you decided you wanted to be a barber. We want you to remember that this is, in fact, the job you want.
So, we constructed a list of the top benefits of staying in the barber industry!
A lot of the benefits of remaining in the barbering industry are pretty similar to the benefits you probably recognized when you decided you wanted to be a barber.
We’re just here to remind you of how good it can really get it if you give it a little more time, effort, and elbow grease.
You Can Make it Modern
You’re a barber, sure, but you’re a barber in 2019—the same rules that applied to barbers 20 years ago don’t apply to you! You can go mobile, travel the world, and live the life you want to all while still making money as a barber.
How? So many ways!
Social platforms nowadays have helped several barbers build brands that support them. Other barbers have taken to a mobile, van-life approach to their barber careers—pulling up, parking, and doing their thing. Others still simply rent out space or booths via fun apps in the places they want to travel. Living this kind of barber lifestyle can help you avoid burnout, balance your work and life, and help you constantly challenge yourself.
It’s Flexible and Reliable
No matter where you are or what’s happening, people are always going to need barbers. So, even if you don’t want to be in one place at all times, you’re going to be able to find a job.
The demand for barbers is present—more present than its been in a long time because men’s high-end grooming has flooded the style scene with a vengeance. If you allow yourself the chance, you can lead a flexible barbering lifestyle that doesn’t demand an arm and a leg from you.
It Speaks to Your Creative Side
Though some might think of barbers as people in the service industry, they’re actually artists.
Being a barber allows you to continually express yourself, hone your skills, and let your creativity flow. There aren’t a lot of jobs out there for creative people that can offer them a reliable, steady income. As a barber, you get to flex your business muscles, but the creative side of you never takes a backseat.
To be successful as a barber, you have to be creative, artistic, and passionate—that’s one of the biggest benefits of staying in the industry.
You Get to Work With People
Listen, before you start giving us that whole “people are the worst” rant, we’re going to stop you—yes, there are horribly bad days when it comes to working directly with people. But odds are, you got into this industry because you actually like the social aspect of working with people.
Sure, it can be frustrating, annoying, and downright maddening at times, but if you’re the kind of person who enjoys being around other people and helping them at the same time, you’d be hard-pressed to find another job as rewarding as this one right here.
If You Do it Right, The Ceiling Doesn’t Exist
That’s one of the great parts about this gig—the ceiling basically doesn’t exist. Sure, you can reach your personal goal ceiling, but the opportunities and niches out there for barbers are infinite! If you want to continue growing in your career, guess what— you can!
Sure, that might mean switching up your specialty, moving, and forever honing your skills, but in essence, there’s endless potential and opportunity out there for barbers!
Stay tuned for part 3!