When you are booking onto a class try to speak to your educator on the phone or in person if possible, don’t just book through a distributor without asking some important questions like; how long your educator has been training? Are there any other qualifications in the teaching field that might improve their teaching skills? Any class you take should be fun, inspiring and motivating, at no time should you feel you are not good enough or able to complete the task at hand, the success or failure to learn will be the success or failure in teaching ability from your educator not you. Remember these three key questions; what can I learn from this class? How will I learn in this class? Who can I learn from in this class?
Q2. HOW DO I START OUT AS A MOBILE NAIL TECHNICIAN?
Firstly make sure your legal, and have the correct insurances for work as well as for your car. Factor in the costs of travel and timings; you will spend as much time on the road as providing your treatments. DON’T undersell yourself by keeping costs down, the very fact that you’re traveling to them is a bonus, and they should pay for this. Keep everything simple with equipment, and always remember an extension lead and bins (take your rubbish away with you). Your diary will eventually fill up, but it does take time the best form of advertising is word of mouth, advertising in local papers and leaflets through letter boxes do work but do this regularly, for at least 6 months to see some return.
Q3. IS IT OK TO JUST DO ACRYLIC OR SHOULD I BE LEARNING GEL TOO?
If you want to be a successful nail technician you need to think about offering a full service menu, which includes both gel and acrylic. Different clients require different types of overlay and of course there is always the option to mix and match.
Q4. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I UP DATE MY TRAINING?
This is a question I am often asked, and I would suggest you try and get at least one workshop in every 3 to 4 months. It is important to keep adding new skills and update your knowledge, but it will also help working with other like minded people. Sharing different ideas, your mind is opened to new and other exciting possibilities. If costs of workshops are a factor there are other types of training available, I provide a regular newsletter and blog full of great tips and trade secrets, step by steps and DVD’s. The internet is full of websites offering the same.