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Pros and Cons of a Cosmetology Career

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Becoming a cosmetologist can be a great career option for anyone that likes to work with people and enjoys making someone feel beautiful. While there are clear advantages to becoming a cosmetologist, there are also some disadvantages that someone needs to be aware of as well before they start to pursue a cosmetology career.

Below are some of the pros and cons of being a cosmetologist.


Financially Rewarding

One of the pros of becoming a cosmetologist is that it can be both financially and emotionally rewarding. Cosmetologists who have developed a large client list and work at a popular salon can make a lot of money. Furthermore, they often have the flexibility to work the hours that they want, which can create a great work/life balance. A cosmetologist spends all their time helping clients look better which makes them more confident and helps them leave satisfied, which can make the job emotionally rewarding as well.

Entrepreneurial Options

Another pro of being a cosmetologist is that it could be a great way to start your own business. Cosmetologists that have been working in the field for a few years, and have developed a large client list, may actually be better off financially by starting their own salon. This is one of the few fields where someone with some skill and a little business sense could easily open up their own practice and start earning enough money to support themselves.


It Takes Time to Get Started

One of the cons of being a cosmetologist is that it can take a while before they start earning a decent salary. While a cosmetologist can earn a lot of money in their career, most of them don’t start earning sizable incomes until they have been working for at least a few years. It takes some time for a new cosmetologist to build up a client list, and until that happens they depend on referrals and walk-ins into the salon. However, cosmetologists that are good with clients will quickly develop a sizable list of dedicated customers.

It Can Be a Challenge

While there are a lot of positives to being a cosmetologist, one of the things that shouldn’t be underestimated is how challenging it can be at times. Cosmetologists, especially when they are new to the industry, have to work very long days after work and sometimes seven days a week for little money. Furthermore they will be dealing with customers who demand very high quality services, which can be very frustrating. However, once you have accepted the challenges of the job, it can be very rewarding.

What Do You Think?

Would you take on the challenge of becoming a cosmetologist to reap the rewards? If you would like to become a cosmetologist, we at Evergreen Beauty School can help you. We offer a number of beauty courses, including cosmetology courses. Contact us today for more information.

About Sam

Sam has been covering the fashion and beauty industry for over 5 years. Since graduating from the School of Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Sam has almost written exclusively for the web.

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