How To Become
A Barber

  1. Enroll In A Barber (only) School
  2. Learn The Skills
  3. Get The License
  4. Start Your Career

Not Ready Yet? What Will It Take To Become A Barber?

Like any great career, you have to start somewhere. Becoming a barber offers many opportunities for individuals to express their creativity, earn a good living, and the ability to become your own boss. Barbering may not be the ideal career for everyone, but for those who are interested, it can be a very fulfilling and lucrative career. Read more about the different types of opportunities at our blog

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Things to Consider When Thinking About Becoming A Barber

Can I see Myself Doing This For A Living?

If you have ever been to a barber shop or beauty salon, three things will become immediately clear; first, barbers work on their feet, secondly, they have to interact with their customers, and thirdly, they have to work with their hands. 

Therefore, if you are someone who can see themselves working on their feet, socializing and working with sharp tools, then you got past the first hurdle. This may seem like a simple enough requirement, but you must imagine that you will be doing this for most of the day. The good thing is, that many barbers tend to set their own hours, so you can manage how long a day you wish to have.

Does It Pay Well?

Barbering is not a typical 9-5 job. Barbers work similar to contractors, except that their contract is between them and the barbershop owner (assuming they do not own the shop). Some barbers rent a chair, others work of commission, and some may have a set arrangement with the barber shop owner. You can read more about renting a chair versus working on commission by clicking here here. In any case, your compensation and success is a direct result of how much effort you put into it.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, barbers can earn between $9.27 to $25.29 per our, or $19,280 to $52,600 per year.

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

Keep in mind that earnings vary by state, city, location of barber shop, and several other factors. This is why Miami Barber Institute teaches the business aspect of barbering and marketing. Being prepared is not just about how well you cut hair, it is about how well you are prepared to enter this new career.

How Long Will It Take To Finish School?

Typically, barber programs range from 9-12 months depending on the schedule you select. Contact us to learn more about our Barber Program.

Read More About ​Everything You Need to Know Before Enrolling In A Barber School​. This article goes into detail to answer your questions about barber school.

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