Cosmetologists should study and have a thorough understanding of what it is like on the job because:
■■ Working in a salon requires each staff member to belong to and work as a team member of the salon. Learning to do so is an important aspect of being successful in the salon environment.
■■ There are a variety of ways that a salon may compensate employees. Being familiar with each way and knowing how they work will help you to determine if the compensation system at a particular salon can work for you and what to expect from it.
■■ Once you are are working as a salon professional, you will have financial obligations and responsibilities, so learning the basics of financial management while you are building your clientele and business is invaluable.
■■ As you build your clientele and settle into your professional life, there will be opportunities for you to use a variety of techniques for increasing your income, such as retailing and upselling services.
Knowing and using these techniques will help you to promote yourself, build a loyal client base, and create a sound financial future for yourself.