You have thought of what you want to do for a career and after thinking about it long and hard you have made the choice that you want to become a barber. So what exactly does becoming a barber entail and what can you expect once you have completed all of the necessary training in order to start your career as a barber.

Being a barber is a very exciting job for the right person. For one thing it gets you out of the office and out of the standard 9 to 5 drag job that so many people wish that they didn’t have to do. Also, by becoming a barber it gives you ample opportunity to talk to many different interesting people and develop many great and meaningful relationships. Often it is said that once you become a barber you are many more things than just a barber you become a therapist, an expert, and a friend to those clients who come to see you to get their hair cut!

What are the steps to becoming a barber?

As far as I am aware every state in America requires that you go to a barber school and obtain a certain level of training before you are eligible to be licensed. Typically the training in a barber school lasts approximately 12 months. After you have completed your training which includes course work and practical hair cutting experience you are then eligible to obtain your barbers license which is required for you in order to get a job at a barber shop or for you to open up your own barber shop.

Now that you have completed the necessary training and you have obtained your barber license you are now the first step now is to look for a job at a barber shop. You can go online and search for "barber shops" in the area in which you would like to work and then write down their respective addresses and mail out your resume. If you send out more resumes the likelihood of you getting a job goes up.

There are 3 different ways in which the owner of the barber shop could choose to pay you.

1. You rent your chair - this means that in order for you to cut hair at this establishment you pay a monthly chair rental fee. In turn you can cut hair there.

2. You are paid a percentage of whatever revenue you bring in to the shop. A typical revenue split is the barber gets 70% and the shop owner gets 30% of the money collected per haircut.

3. You get paid an hourly wage. I would not recommend this option fore you usually make more money if you are able to rent your chair or if you take a commission.

If you do not want to work for someone else there is always the option of you opening up your own barber shop. However, this carries a certain amount of risk to you and you would need to come up with the necessary startup capital in order to open up!