I worked out the other day, I have been in the beauty industry for 18 years, it only feels like yesterday that I was training at Great Yarmouth College, the years have flown by, really scary.
When I left college I decided to be brave and start my own business, it also fitted in well with me as I had small children and I needed work to fit around them. Because of their age and that I was a single parent I turned one of the rooms in my house into a beauty room. It was quite hard work to start with getting the business to come in, I was working to a tight budget as well, but I found putting adverts in shops, leaflet drops, chatting to the Mums at the school and offering little pamper sessions a really good way of building my business up and then it became word of mouth, so my client base after 2 years was brilliant.
I then decided to branch out and thought that teaching was the next step for me and to do this I would obviously need to move into premises. So after looking into how to get my qualifications to teach, which in those days was a lot harder than it is now. I had to go to college for nearly a year to obtain my teaching cert, whereas these days some companies do it on line and it’s known as PTTLS. I was over the moon when I passed my teaching qualification and I had found somewhere to work from. I was the first Beauty Academy in Norwich and at that time I named it Broadland School of Beauty. It wasn’t long before the training took over my clients and over the years because the training became so popular I had to eventually make a decision as it wasn’t fair to my clients to keep moving them as courses were coming in thick and fast, so I closed my salon down and concentrated solely on the training.
I have to say that I have really enjoyed teaching students over the years, it’s so satisfying watching someone with no experience at all turn into professional therapists even opening their own salons and doing very well as the years have rolled by, makes me very proud. I still love teaching but I’m missing working on clients, so around 3 months ago I decided that it was time to increase my client base again and maybe cut back a little with the training. I am happy to say that a lot of my original clients have come back to me, thank you ladies, and I’m now looking to increasing my client base again. I’m only able to do certain days at the moment, but looking ahead to the future at some point I’ll hang my training cap up and go back into full time therapy.
I’m really excited about the things that I have in the pipeline, all shall be revealed in due course.
Written by Julie-Ann Hunter