Mobile Hairdressing

Let’s face it, not everyone is a 9 to 5 kind of person, some people thrive on being their own boss and setting and achieving their own goals. One of the biggest benefits of becoming a mobile hairdresser is that you will have the freedom to set your own hours and work as little or as much as you want to. Gaining a good amount of experience is advised before venturing out on your own, at a minimum we recommend two years salon experience to give you a good start to developing your people skills as well as building relationships with clients.

Being a mobile hairdresser you are your own boss, you can schedule your clients at times mutually suitable and you are not limited to opening and closing times of a salon. This is one of the huge advantages you have over a regular salon and clients will love you for it. Not only that you can spend that little bit of extra time with them if the need arises and your schedule allows.

But to keep those regular clients coming back you need to be on hand to take their calls or if you can’t be prepared to get back to them pretty sharp to retain their business. Organisation will be key, remember when you are out and about or in the middle of a blow wave there is no one around to take your calls and get back to potentials clients on your behalf. So staying focused and being overly organised will keep you and your business ticking along nicely. Also ensuring that you have a working and reliable mode of transport and that’s its fully stocked with all your equipment and supplies, you don’t want to get to an appointment and be asked to do something with you didn’t bring the right tools for.

A major part of working for yourself is being able to sell and promoting your business. The best place to start is ensuring you keep a strong presence on social media, keeping for example your Facebook, twitter and Instagram pages up to date on current trends and posting your latest styles will be sure to keep your followers interested.
You may not have a bricks and mortar salon to show of your flair and style but getting yourself online with a website will be how you really show off your personal style and accomplishments, not only is this the façade of your brand but you can use it to build your clientele using search engine optimisation (SEO) to gain traction on google and other search engines and set you apart from your competition.

These days websites don’t need to cost you an arm and a leg, places such as Wix lets you build your own beautiful website at a fraction of the cost of going through a professional web design studio. Not sure where to start? Read our article on easily creating an online portfolio for your business.

And let’s not forget the most the power of who you know, word of mouth can be a hugely effective tool for marketing your business, keep yourself open to networking and meeting new people and not being afraid to self-promote when the opportunity arises.

Owning your own business and stepping into the world of entrepreneurship is daunting to say the least so don’t be afraid to go back and further your studies with a course such as Certificate IV in Small Business Management, being a wiz at styling hair is one thing but running a business can be a whole other ball game, so don’t be afraid to hit the books and get ahead of the game.

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Mature Age Hairdressing Study

The majority of people will at some point in their life question themselves on their career choices and whether they are truly content in their current occupation. We spend a huge portion of our life at work so it’s important to feel like you are happy with the position you are in. These days it’s totally acceptable to explore different avenues when it comes to your career. At 25 or above you are considered to be an adult apprentice and this can come with some benefits, by this age it is reasonable to expect that you would have developed more of a skillset than a school age apprentice. Everyday occurrences such as holding down a job, being married and paying a mortgage just to name a few.

An apprenticeship can take up to three to four years to complete and consists of both on and off site training. Like any qualification you should consider if you are willing and able to commit to the length of time involved. Starting off an apprenticeship will more than likely involve receiving a reduced salary than what you are currently earning, at least in the short term. Earning minimum wage can be a big adjustment for people who already have financial commitments. Take a good look and your situation and carefully analyse if you and your family will be able to sustain yourselves on your lesser earning over the next few years.

The Australian government does provide an initiative for mature aged apprentices called Support for Adult Apprentices, if you are eligible you could be entitled to payments to help subsidise your wage. The current entitles as of 2015 are:
Full time – $150 per week for the first year capped at $7,800pa
Full time – $100 per week in the second year capped at $5,200pa
Part time – $75 per week for the first two years
Part time – $50 per week for the following two years

As an adult you will have certain life experiences and a level of maturity that prospective employees might see as beneficial to their business. You will be able to take on tasks and responsibilities that an younger apprentice would likely struggle with and probably wouldn’t be trusted to do. As a mature age apprentice you will more than likely be able to hit the ground running as opposed to a 16 year old who isn’t quite as confident and would struggle with getting accustomed to a workplace environment.

One of the downsides to starting your hairdressing apprenticeship as an adult could be that you may find yourselves reporting to or having to take direction from a younger co-worker. Depending on your attitude and personality this may be uncomfortable for you, but remember that they too might be uneasy with this situation. You may also be given menial duties that you feel are beneath you, unfortunately these tasks are part of the process with an apprenticeship but try to keep in mind that it’s part of your learning and development and it’s not forever, it’s a means to an end.

Click here to read about Certificate III apprenticeship in Hairdressing
Click here to read about Certificate III full time study in Hairdressing

For more information visit:
Mature Age Apprenticeships
Australian Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships Support

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The Right Pathway For You

Knowing what you want to do with your life can be one of the hardest dilemmas you can face, especially as a young adult. But what can be truly overwhelming is knowing what you want but not knowing how to achieve it and how you will manage along the way.

Once you have read through all the information on the courses available to you, you can then evaluate your own personal situation so to determine which pathway suits your lifestyle and situation.

You may be keen to take on full or part time study to realise your dreams quicker, which is often the case for people making a career change or with mature age students. Or are you ready to jump straight in and start an apprenticeship where you will be given on the job training as well as attending a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

If you are you looking to fast track your training and take on full time or part time study you may need to think about the duration of the course and how you will manage financially while you study. Be sure to look into possible financial aid, incentives and payment plans options for course fees and carefully vet the organisations you are thinking of attending.

Either way money and time can be a huge factor in your decision. You will need to take into consideration wages, equipment, course fees and living expenses to name just a few.

But there is financial help out there that you may be eligible for while studying, for more information on this topic please here.

Click here to read about cert II in hairdressing.
Click here to read about cert III in hairdressing via an Australian apprenticeship.
Click here to read about cert III in hairdressing via full time study.
Click here to read about cert IV in hairdressing.

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