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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Author
Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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hhhhh
4 years ago

great job

Kara
Kara
3 years ago

I’m nothing but 17 but I need my highschool diploma in order to really get my license but i have been taking classes in school to really get my interest in , but now i really want to become an cosmetologist

Jonathan Hansen
Jonathan Hansen
3 years ago

Thank you for pointing out that a career in cosmetology can help you make good money. I’m looking for a career that will allow me to be financially stable in the future, so I’m thinking about enrolling in a cosmetology school. I’m going to search for a reputable cosmetology school that I can attend.
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Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson
3 years ago

My wife wants to be her own boss. She wants to be with our kids more often than not but also wants to work and feel empowered. You said that she can start her own business with a cosmetology license so maybe that is something she’ll be interested in.
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Eli Richardson
Eli Richardson
2 years ago

It’s awesome that you talked about how a cosmetology career comes with financial benefits. Recently, my sister mentioned she’s thinking of pursuing a beautician course. My sister wants to grow professionally, so I’ll be sure to share this article with her. Thanks for the information on a career in beauty and its benefits.https://www.mitsusatohairacademy.com/esthetics

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 years ago

I am looking into cosmetology school and i was wondering if it is worth it when your a mom. Pretty much would i be able to make enough to support my son, and i and everything that we need. So pretty much is it a good job to have with a kid??

kaylee
kaylee
1 year ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

there are positives and negatives to it but once you begin you will have less time because you’re still learning and practicing but once you get more clients, you can become your own boss (takes plenty of time and work but it is completely worth it) then you can make your own hours and have plenty of time with your children.

Whitley
Whitley
10 months ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

My sister-in-law is 23 with two kids and is divorced she loves the income and the people she works with no matter how busy she is with her career she always has time with her kids.

Sophia Dawn Couch
Sophia Dawn Couch
1 year ago

I’m only 13 and I’m looking forward to become a cosmetologist.

Last edited 1 year ago by Sophia Dawn Couch
Whitley Oliver
Whitley Oliver
10 months ago

The past comments were from a while back. I’ve wanted to be a cosmetologist since I was 7 yrs. old. I had no idea Evergreen existed! I’m now interested in attending.