Letter to a Learner
Its been 20 years since I started as a self-employed nail tech. I could write a book about what I should have done and what I learned the hard way. Based on my own experience I would advise anyone going into the industry as a self-employed tech to initially gain experience in a working salon first, it benefits you to see how a salon is managed and gives you customer service experience.
I would also recommend doing some training in general business management especially if you are planning on opening your own salon, many techs (myself included) start a salon off without basic business and financial advice. Running a business and sitting there doing nails are two very different skills, if you want to be hands on then consider a salon manager, if it’s all on you then make time in your diary for bookkeeping, stock taking and basic salon duties. This is imperative if you want your business to run smoothly.
Finally, and most importantly I can’t emphasise enough the importance of safe working practises and self-care. You are your biggest asset, you must follow all H&S guidance, ensure you take regular breaks and listen to your body. A career can be short-lived if you fail heed this advice.
Carrie Leigh Allen
Educator & Nail Artist