A barber is a person whose occupation is mainly to cut, dress, groom, style and shave men's and boys' hair and/or beard. A barber's place of work is known as a "barbershop" or a "barber's". Barbershops are also places of social interaction and public discourse.
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Tools of the Trade
What Barbers Love About Their Trade
Helping people feel great about themselves.
It's a great lifestyle.
Clients become friends.
Not Hard on Body
Clients Become Friends
Art and a Science
Solo or Small Teams
Very low startup cost and high likelihood of success.
One of the highest demand trades. Recession proof demand.
This trade does not easily transition into others.
There is not better feeling that giving someone their best self, and helping them feel their most confident. The pay and control over when you work is great too.
Pay attention in barber school and never stop learning! This a craft and you need to master it.
Getting to come into the shop everyday is the best part of this job. You don't just build a career, you build a tribe. Never slip on attention to detail and you will go far.
Being a barber you don't just build a business, you build a group of close friends and you help those friends feel great about themselves. It's a great lifestyle trade too--making my own hours is key for my life.
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