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chick
October 24, 2007, 9:07pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hi, I am still in the salon and at college doing my level 3. But I dont seem to move on any further - I still feel like I cant cut hair... just colour  


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it will come to you


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Freelance62
October 25, 2007, 9:57am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Chick -  You can only learn by doing... you need to get some clients in... ask to put a poster up advertising for clients for you at a discounted rate.

Also do some creative cutting courses, attend demos etc, watch every cut you can within the salon and you'll soon pick it up.  After level 2 i was in the salon for 3 months watching before i started clients, now after 6 months im confident to do anyone that walks in the door.

You will get there, you just need to look out for yourself and if the salon isnt giving you the experience you want, talk to them about it, or find another one that will let you do clients.
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November 2, 2007, 9:21pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hi to everyone I am new on here and would like to introduce my new site http://www.ultimatehairextensions.com It is a site for clip in hair extensions. I have found these are becoming very popular which is good for me. They are great and cause no damage.
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great site, good luck


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chick
November 6, 2007, 12:37pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Chick - šYou can only learn by doing... you need to get some clients in... ask to put a poster up advertising for clients for you at a discounted rate.

Also do some creative cutting courses, attend demos etc, watch every cut you can within the salon and you'll soon pick it up. šAfter level 2 i was in the salon for 3 months watching before i started clients, now after 6 months im confident to do anyone that walks in the door.

You will get there, you just need to look out for yourself and if the salon isnt giving you the experience you want, talk to them about it, or find another one that will let you do clients.


Thank you! We have a sign in the window, but they keep booking models for colour for me, I have a feeling they want me to do just colours ( at least for the firs couple of years) coz aparently this happened to other girls in there - they didint start cuttin untill 3 - 4 years after they been there. But I feel like I havent got that much time - I just want to go mobile like yesterday   Also, I dont feel like leaving to another salon becoz in previous 5 salons I worked ( yes, 5 !!!) It was much worse, and I feel like becoz of my age ( I am 27) i dont have a lot of options  
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Freelance62
November 6, 2007, 4:27pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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I understand, and yes, put yourself and your own goals first.  Im only just starting with mobile work, as i wanted to be confident before i did it.

Id say avoid the city center salons and go for a small local salon or a 'grannie' salon... it may sound boring, but you get a much wider range of experience, and you are constantly cutting as well, which really gets your skills up to par.  

Just make sure you clearly state your reasons for leaving 6 salons in your cover letter, otherwise that may go against you.
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Freelance62
November 6, 2007, 4:28pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Im also 27!

Oh and maybe just ask to speak to your boss about how you feel(about getting more cuts in).  Its better to try and rectify a situation than leave it without trying.
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chick
November 9, 2007, 5:52pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Im also 27!

Oh and maybe just ask to speak to your boss about how you feel(about getting more cuts in).  Its better to try and rectify a situation than leave it without trying.


Spoke to my boss yesterday about it all - he got really angry with me, said that I am complaining, and being negative   But all I said was that I dont feel like anything is happening - adn all I am is a cleaner and a waitress there.  
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Freelance62
November 9, 2007, 5:58pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Then id say leave... no point staying in a place where you arent getting anywhere.  When you write to new slaons for job, explain that you want some cutting experience...

Remember though, you will always have to start at the bottom and work your way up.

Cutting friends and families hair and building up a small client base of mobile people you are comfortable doing will help too
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November 10, 2007, 8:01am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Then id say leave... no point staying in a place where you arent getting anywhere.  When you write to new slaons for job, explain that you want some cutting experience...

Remember though, you will always have to start at the bottom and work your way up.

Cutting friends and families hair and building up a small client base of mobile people you are comfortable doing will help too


Yeah, I do cut friends and family - but it s usually just ones, as they dont let me cut it the  second time  

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December 1, 2007, 11:38am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator


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hi there i started mobile hairdressing just over a year a go and its the best thing i have done its a scary thing and hard work at the start but believe me when the business picks up its worth it. The way i started i got some lleaflets printed up by a company and went delivering in the near by areas to where i stay once i got a few clients from that i went further a field and also your clients will recommend you to there friends and thats how the business starts .
if you have a morgage to pay i would suggest gettin a part time job and on your days off consentrat on the freelance as it may not pick up straight away i was lucky i had my partner to support me when i wasent workin and trying to build the buisness but now its reat im standing on ma own 2 feet now
try and not go to far out from where u stay as you always have to think of your costs espesially petrol some time it is not worth goin that far if your only covering your costs if you can get a few clients from the same place have a set day to do them.
when i started i had worked in a salon for 8 years and i hated it i also worked abroad  for 2 years but i still prefer this you can choose when you work and all the money goes in your pocket the only bad thing is the paperwork and accounts get a good accountant if you dont like paperwork
always act confident infront of the client as the will have more faith in you if they see u r scared it can maki them nervous and thats some thing you dont want
any questions just ask

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chick
December 1, 2007, 10:48pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Oh, thank u so much for ur post!!! I cant wait to start mobile hairdressing!!!  
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Freelance62
March 4, 2008, 5:17pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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So nearly a year on and my situation has changed again  However, now im very confident in what i do and have salon experience behind me.

I have left the other salon as its been sold.  I have a chair rental job coming up in a near by salon with a small client base waiting on Mondays until 2pm and sometimes Thursdays, with scope to take over the other stylists clients when they are on holiday.  I just pay the chair rental for the day and pay the shampooist wages if i want her there (makes more sense as she can save me alot of time where i can book other clients in).  The rental cost isnt too bad, and when i think of the number of clients i could do in the day, its more than id normally do in a week at the moment, and the rent = my petrol costs, so i should be more in pocket.

As well as this im continuing my mobile work, including hair extensions which are picking up again now.

So with this in mind ive read all this thread again and it seems it took 5 months to a year to build up steady clients according to those who have replied.

Can i just ask those mobile hairdressers (or any other mobile hairdressers) a few questions?

*How many clients do you do on average per day/week?
*What do these clients mostly have done? (what does your day normally entail? cuts and a colour, or colours or hi-lights?)
*What sort of daily income/yearly income can i expect after a year? (i realise everyones prices will vary, but it would be good to get an idea... please PM me if you'd rather not put this info on the forum, as i understand its a bit personnal, im just one for planning and gathering all info about something before i fully jump in.)

Thanks in advance
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Freelance62
April 8, 2008, 11:37am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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A small update...

I started my rent a chair and its brilliant, best thing i could have done  The mobile work is picking up too, and im really happy where i am now.  Its been a long hard slog to get here, but it was well worth the effort
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