5 Signs You’d Make a Great Select-Service Professional
Congratulations! As a licensed hairstylist or barber, you have selected a career that won’t be wiped out by robots or artificial intelligence. Your professional future is looking bright!
Of course, you still have decisions to make. Whether you are a recent graduate or beauty pro with years of experience, it’s normal to consider your career options and choices from time to time, to make sure your job aligns well with your personality and lifestyle.
While you may think your salon choices either fall into the “full-service” or “limited-service” categories, there’s another salon model you should consider. “Select-service” salons are a hybrid of full-service and limited-service models, offering an exciting career alternative.
But how do you know if you’d be a good fit for this type of salon environment? Here are five signs that you’d make a great select-service stylist or barber.
#1 You want stability
If you are seeking immediate cash flow (wages, plus tips!), a select-service salon is a great option for you. You can enjoy the flexible scheduling of a full-service salon, with the benefits of an employer. Plus, select-service salons often offer career advancement opportunities. Paid holidays, vacation time, a retirement plan, and paid training/continuing education may also be available!
#2 You know your lane
If you’re the type of person who wants to hit the ground running, and you love delivering amazing haircuts, a select-service salon allows you to do just that. Why waste time slowly building up a client list or tinkering with extensions and color when you are a pro with a clipper and shears? At a select-service salon, you can show off your technical cutting skills and enjoy a steady customer flow from day one.
#3 You are creative
Do you enjoy expressing your creativity? Do you have an eye for style? When a customer is sitting in your chair, can you visualize the haircut they describe? If you can work with a customer to assess the needs of their hair, consider their daily routine, and turn that into a haircut that brings out their confidence, you would make an excellent select-service professional.
#4 You want work-life balance
At many full-service salons, even when the workday is over, you may still need to field calls and texts from clients or deal with salon operations issues. At a select-service salon, you work when you’re in the salon but, once you leave, you are often able to unplug and enjoy the freedom to focus on the people and activities that matter most.
#5 You know your way around a haircut consultation
If you ask specific questions, are a good listener, are patient with customers as they describe the haircut they want, you would make a great select-service professional. Many customers are not exactly sure what they want, and they don’t know how to describe it. But with your gentle guidance, detailed questions, and ability to offer advice and education when needed, you can deliver a first-class haircut consultation followed by a haircut that meets – or exceeds – their expectations.
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