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JennaEliseMakeup in Tampa, Florida

72 months ago

I'm having the hardest time even finding job openings. No one is hiring. I thought I'd look for a job relating to skin care but even that's getting hard. I tired Sephora, ULTA, and the Nordstrom's and Dillard's makeup counters and none of them are hiring. I also do makeup so I thought I could go more that way until I can find a job in a spa. Any ideas as to what I can do? I feel hopeless.

ms.martin1 in Howell, Michigan

72 months ago

JennaEliseMakeup in Tampa, Florida said: I'm having the hardest time even finding job openings. No one is hiring. I thought I'd look for a job relating to skin care but even that's getting hard. I tired Sephora, ULTA, and the Nordstrom's and Dillard's makeup counters and none of them are hiring. I also do makeup so I thought I could go more that way until I can find a job in a spa. Any ideas as to what I can do? I feel hopeless.

Jenna, I too am having a difficult time. There are no guarantee of hours. The school (Douglas J Aveda) made it sound so great. Lots of money...Is it the state of Michigan that I live in? If anyone knows of something that could from having an esthetician license, I am all for it.

Corinn in Tampa, Florida

71 months ago

I am a full specialist and was dabbling in skin to see how I felt about cosmetology in general...I am now starting cosmo tomorrow! And, I will spend a few years getting the equipment together to do facials at home, since I liked it so much! I have no doubt I will use it eventually, and the economy is just not bustling right now, so I feel the best choice is to keep going to school. There will always be hair and barbering jobs!

SMM in Merritt Island, Florida

71 months ago

I've been an esthetician for 3 years now, and graduate from one of the best schools in central fl. and I have not been able to be succesful with any day spa jobs, been unemployed for 3 months can;t find a job in esthetics, any where, dermatologist, plastic surgens, spas, cosmetic stores, so is hard everywhere, am thinking of changing careers! how upseting this career has been or maybe is just me who knows!

bubble in Fredericksburg, Virginia

71 months ago

I've recently had 3 job offers in esthetics. Honestly everyone wants clientele and experience when hiring an esthetician

Lana in San Antonio, Texas

71 months ago

Have you thought to start your own business in a busy salon? It will be hard in the beginning but then you will be happy to be your own boss. I have my business for almost 8 years and I would never go and work for anybody else. If you have any questions about it , don't hesitate e-mail me: merted@yahoo.com

heather in Los Angeles, California

71 months ago

everywhere i go they already want a clientele!! so i set up a treatment room at home to build a clientele to eventually afford to rent a space somewhere! i have been an estie for a year and the economy sucks and nobody wants to spend money on a facial!!

heather in Los Angeles, California

70 months ago

amymarie2004 in Fort Worth, Texas said: Some places do require you already have a clientele, but if you are paying for everything it shouldn't matter to some owners. They will give you a chance. Also a good way to generate clientele is to work with all the hair stylists and recommend them as well.
How does that work working from home? Do you have to get a seperate business license? Are they people you already know? What skincare line are you using? Your right.. A lot of people don't want to spend money on a facial, it's so discouraging..

i dont have a separate business license, yes they are just people i know, but i only have a few "regulars", im using bioelements for skin care, but i do waxing 99% of the time. i am in a low income area so i may need to consider commuting to orange county...ugh!!

SMM in Merritt Island, Florida

70 months ago

Sorry to tell you but I don;t believe in Proactive, many clients that I've seen that use it and stop using it got stage II and III acne, due to the benzol porixide... and it happen to me too. so I can't not sell a product I don;t believe in,thanks anyways ;o)

larich in Los Angeles, California

69 months ago

I'm just wondering if it's legal to work in my own house in the state of California

larich in Los Angeles, California

69 months ago

heather in Los Angeles, California said: everywhere i go they already want a clientele!! so i set up a treatment room at home to build a clientele to eventually afford to rent a space somewhere! i have been an estie for a year and the economy sucks and nobody wants to spend money on a facial!!

I's I't legal to work in your house? My friend told that it's not and if I got busted they will take my license away and also pay fine.
If u can help me out to understand. Thanks

the facial room in La Mirada, California

69 months ago

larich in Los Angeles, California said: I's I't legal to work in your house? My friend told that it's not and if I got busted they will take my license away and also pay fine.
If u can help me out to understand. Thanks

Iarich,
You can work from home but in order to do so you must be in compliance with CA State board requirements which are: You must have a direct entrance to your skin care room (business) that is separate from entrance in connection or with your private quarters.(in other words, your clients can not come in and walk through your house to get to the skin care room. You must have a private entrance that is exclusive to your business. Your room can not be used for personal (residental)use. Also, you must have a restroom for your clients and a sink with running hot & cold water. They can not use the bathroom and sink that you and your family uses in the house. And ofcourse you must be in compliance with all the other sanitation rules, etc. Such as floor must be non-absorbant material, Trash containers must be covered/marked, as well as, soiled linen receptacle. You must have drinking water and cups for clients, etc.etc. Go onto State Board website for more detailed information. If you can meet all this than you can apply for an Establishment License and within 90 days state board will come and inspect your place and give you an establishement certificate. You will also need a get a business license from your city and if you sell products you need a sellers permit. Go to CA State Board of Cosmetology & Barbering and click on Applicants, then Establishment App. It's all there.

sandrafont in Tampa, Florida

69 months ago

Hi, my name is sandra and I have an Aesthetician licensed, facialist, and body wrapper; Good education and experiences. I'm looking to rent a space or a job in a spa in tampa, brandon, or riverview; however its been so hard for me to find it. Is someone knows who needs my services? Please help me, I need a job.

larich in Los Angeles, California

69 months ago

the facial room in La Mirada, California said: Iarich,
You can work from home but in order to do so you must be in compliance with CA State board requirements which are: You must have a direct entrance to your skin care room (business) that is separate from entrance in connection or with your private quarters.(in other words, your clients can not come in and walk through your house to get to the skin care room. You must have a private entrance that is exclusive to your business. Your room can not be used for personal (residental)use. Also, you must have a restroom for your clients and a sink with running hot & cold water. They can not use the bathroom and sink that you and your family uses in the house. And ofcourse you must be in compliance with all the other sanitation rules, etc. Such as floor must be non-absorbant material, Trash containers must be covered/marked, as well as, soiled linen receptacle. You must have drinking water and cups for clients, etc.etc. Go onto State Board website for more detailed information. If you can meet all this than you can apply for an Establishment License and within 90 days state board will come and inspect your place and give you an establishement certificate. You will also need a get a business license from your city and if you sell products you need a sellers permit. Go to CA State Board of Cosmetology & Barbering and click on Applicants, then Establishment App. It's all there.

HI, THANKS FOR THE INFO AND YOUR HELP. THATS HARD FOR ME TO DO THOSE THINGS. I GUESS MY PLAN B IS TO LOOK FOR A ROOM TO WORK, IT'S JUST I DON'T LIKE TO HAVE A BOSS. I HAVE KIDS THAT I HAVE TO OICK UP THATS WHY I NEED A FLEXIBLE TIME. THAN YOU SO MUCH AGAIN FOR ANSWERING MY QUESTION.
LARICH...

kris in Tampa, Florida

68 months ago

sandrafont in Tampa, Florida said: Hi, my name is sandra and I have an Aesthetician licensed, facialist, and body wrapper; Good education and experiences. I'm looking to rent a space or a job in a spa in tampa, brandon, or riverview; however its been so hard for me to find it. Is someone knows who needs my services? Please help me, I need a job.

do know where i can find a job. i have been looking and applying all over tampa.. i need help plese

kris in Tampa, Florida

68 months ago

please help me find a skin care job

Laura Leigh in Montague, Massachusetts

68 months ago

I am a freshly licensed Class 1 esthetician looking for work in Western Ma. or CT. 400 hours{basic facials/wax/paraffin,make up}, seems like there is no work for new esties, only the experienced with advanced laser/microderm medical spa procedures, dual licensures with massage or nails/hair will hire? Anyone having the same problem? I am going to the Catherine Hinds Institute in April to add on 900 hours to have lots of knowledge in advanced esthetics, I wanted to work in a salon until then to get experience while working, please help anyone with info/suggestions, thanks L

paula in Watertown, Massachusetts

68 months ago

Hi Laura,
I was wondering where you got your 400 hours. I was planning to go to Hinds but saw a program at Bojack that starts sooner. The Bojack program looks like they cover a lot of treatments in the 600 hour program. I go to the clinic at Hinds and the advanced students all seem to have jobs before they get out of school. I don't know anyone who went to bojack but I am going over to look at the place. I also wonder if it matters where you graduate from?

Laura Leigh in Montague, Massachusetts

68 months ago

I went to NECEE, which is the New England Center for Esthetics in Northampton, Ma. It is the closest school to me, but I also went because I know some estheticians that went there who I have had facials with. The school is very good, they just are not yet acredited so no financial aid. They have a Masters to go into after the 400 basic, but I want a school with the financial assistance and laser/microderm/extensive spa treatments, which NECEE does not offer.I have not heard ofthe school you mentioned, I am going to Catherine Hinds for the training and their name does open doors, I have researched where many esties went who work in prestigious businesses. Unfortunate but NECEE only holds its name in my general area, and I still think places are more impressed with acredited schools. L

Amber Driscoll in Bath, New Hampshire

68 months ago

I everyone, Im new to this so bear with me. I am hoping to contact someone in Vermont who is a practicing Esthetician. I am a student in NH, who will be graduating in early Dec. My question is in VT, can you immediately room/booth rent or do you have to have a certain amount of experience under your belt. For example in NH we can not booth/room rent for a year. Nor can we work out of our homes at all. I looked up the Vt board information but I couldnt seem to find what I was looking for. Second question do I have to take my new hampshire in order to get my license in Vt? Thanks in advance for all your help.

amymarie2004 in Fort Worth, Texas

67 months ago

Look into Aveda Salon & Spas. You may want to see if you can get some training through an Aveda Institute since the market is very competitive right now. You may have to travel if there is not one in your state, but it is well worth it. Dallas, TX just opened a brand new Institute and is amazing..

Laura Leigh in Montague, Massachusetts

67 months ago

I hear Texas is the place to be to get a job, may be a few years, but I might move there someday, I love Aveda, but there is no way I can travel too far at this time for training. I will be going to Catherine Hinds in Woburn,Ma. It has a wide array of skills for any spa treatment,microderm,laser,peels,vichey shower etc. Very impressive for my area. I did get hired as an independant contractor in Enfield,Ct. Bioelements is a decent line to work with for a first job I believe. Laura

ttime in Ann Arbor, Michigan

67 months ago

ms.martin1 in Howell, Michigan said: Jenna, I too am having a difficult time. There are no guarantee of hours. The school (Douglas J Aveda) made it sound so great. Lots of money...Is it the state of Michigan that I live in? If anyone knows of something that could from having an esthetician license, I am all for it.

I went to Douglas J as well, graduated two years ago and have yet to find a job! I feel like I was ripped off.

amymarie2004 in Fort Worth, Texas

67 months ago

The market is just tough right now with the economy. Take any job you can get and just learn as much as you can. Study outside of work and build your skills up. It is very discouraging sometimes but just remember why you pursed esthetology in the first place. It will come around. Just need to stay in the practice any way you can.

Laura Rooney in Greenfield, Massachusetts

67 months ago

I agree, I answered ads to hairstylist jobs asking if they needed an esthetician, searched out spas a little out of the way,and just sent emails with my resume attached without knowing if they were hiring or not. Now I have to drive further than planned and make less at first, but at least I have somewhere to start. I did not hear back from high end spas, guessing they don't have intrest in no experience except school. I know in time with working as much as I can, I will start a following and create a decent living, being patient to work my way up. I figure I can learn just as well in a salon or small day spa as I would in a large facility.

Katie in Charlotte, North Carolina

67 months ago

Hi everyone! It seems that there are several estheticians or soon to be estheticians who have posted on this blog that they are looking for a job and I may be able to help depending on what you are looking for. If you are still looking please contact me if you have an interest in skincare, cosmetics or health and nutrition-or all three! You do not have to be an esthetician to inquire. Although I am from Charlotte, NC, I do know of opportunities across the country. Please contact me at katie_leighmurray@yahoo.com

Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

67 months ago

Katie in Charlotte, North Carolina said: Hi everyone! It seems that there are several estheticians or soon to be estheticians who have posted on this blog that they are looking for a job and I may be able to help depending on what you are looking for. If you are still looking please contact me if you have an interest in skincare, cosmetics or health and nutrition-or all three! You do not have to be an esthetician to inquire. Although I am from Charlotte, NC, I do know of opportunities across the country. Please contact me at katie_leighmurray@yahoo.com

and you are a distributor for what MLM line?

Kelly Thompson in Waxhaw, North Carolina

67 months ago

I just graduated from school in Charlotte, NC. for Esthetics and have been everywhere applying, it is very frustrating when you hear nothing back from anyone and you have been pounding the pavement! Katie, please contact me if you hear of anything in our area. Thanks!!!!

Katie in Charlotte, North Carolina

67 months ago

Jeff B in Dallas, Texas said: and you are a distributor for what MLM line?

Jeff, I do not work for a MLM.

Kelly, I would be happy to get you information on what I do and see if it is something you would be interested in. The opportunities I do know of are mostly commission based and you would also get retail profit. There is actually an informational meeting in Pineville Dec. 1 and I can email you the details and more information about that if you would like.

Kelly Thompson in Waxhaw, North Carolina

67 months ago

Katie, Sure that would be great! Just email me valleygirl80085@gmail.com with any info regarding jobs in Charlotte and where the info. meeting is in Pineville. Thanks so much.

CNelson in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

67 months ago

Unfortunately, there aren't enough companies interested in hiring entry-level personnel in any industry including skin care.

I became licensed in 2002 & have never worked in a true spa setting. One day, I looked-outside-the-spa-setting-box, thence deciding the best formuala for me would be to find clients to educate about proper skin care techniques. For my approach, I had no need to purchase spa equipment.

I stay industry-current through subscriptions, other media, speciality classes & some research. I incorporated my down-to-earth sales skills & my "studied" knowledge to gain the interest of potential clients - it is "the client" who offers the opprotunity for me to visit their homes for what is known as a "Spa Party" (no more than 3 is my goal - as I want to capture the entire audience). There, we discuss skin care & I offer professional guidance, eventually each person asks for a one-on-one consultation!

I find that most people are indeed interested in caring for their skin - we as professionals have to promote ourselves & skills. We can't afford to be shy & hold back sharing our knowledge & managing our economic well-being.

To promote oneself - one must have selected a line of products ONE actually believes in. Most clients prefer for you to do all the reading & then interpret, therefore if you have passion for what you've learned & are capable of educating - they'll listen & respond with purchases & you will make money.

When not having a party, I provide product samples & ask potential client(s) to get back with me - I always follow up in person or via phone.

In closing, our profession can get away from us if we do not stay on top of it - its almost as complexed as the ever-changing information technology industry. We can help ourselves by attending an annual congress, finding local specialty classes, etc. etc.

Not to say these ideas will work for everyone, just wanted to share with other professionals what has worked for me. CN

09hazel in Piqua, Ohio

67 months ago

Hi CNelson,

That's very good advice.

I graduated in August and got my license in October. I'm trying to find a job but it looks like I'm not going to get anything very soon. My concern right now is to keep up with my basic skills and try to take continuing education courses to learn new skills.

bthom in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

66 months ago

heather in Los Angeles, California said: everywhere i go they already want a clientele!! so i set up a treatment room at home to build a clientele to eventually afford to rent a space somewhere! i have been an estie for a year and the economy sucks and nobody wants to spend money on a facial!!

i hear you. i have been as esthetician for 9 years. you would think i would have more clients by now. people dont think skin care is important. they care more about their hair looking good. your right they dont want to spend money on a facial

Stylist_n_Artist in Riverview, Florida

66 months ago

Hi Sandra, don't know if you are still looking for a job but I'm the Salon Manager for a brand new tanning salon and day spa and we are looking for an experienced and licensed esthetician. If interested please let me know!

sandrafont in Tampa, Florida said: Hi, my name is sandra and I have an Aesthetician licensed, facialist, and body wrapper; Good education and experiences. I'm looking to rent a space or a job in a spa in tampa, brandon, or riverview; however its been so hard for me to find it. Is someone knows who needs my services? Please help me, I need a job.

kat in Pinellas Park, Florida

65 months ago

heather in Los Angeles, California said: everywhere i go they already want a clientele!! so i set up a treatment room at home to build a clientele to eventually afford to rent a space somewhere! i have been an estie for a year and the economy sucks and nobody wants to spend money on a facial!!

Is it legal to set up and work at home ? I would prefer doing that.

nykat in Montgomery, New York

65 months ago

- it is "the client" who offers the opprotunity for me to visit their homes for what is known as a "Spa Party" (no more than 3 is my goal - as I want to capture the entire audience).

Hi CNelson, I love the idea of promoting yourself through Spa Parties! What a great concept. Did you have to work for someone else for a certain amount of time before going 'out on your own' or can you start your own 'business' right out of school. I just started esty school and am trying to figure out my plan.

Also, what product line are you using? And lastly, are you giving each women a full facial or an abriveated treatment (or do they choose which service they are interested in)?
Hope you don't mind all the questions...I am really interested in this approach and would appreciate any info you could share with me. Thanks in advance for your help.

Kat in Seminole, Florida

63 months ago

JennaEliseMakeup in Tampa, Florida said: I'm having the hardest time even finding job openings. No one is hiring. I thought I'd look for a job relating to skin care but even that's getting hard. I tired Sephora, ULTA, and the Nordstrom's and Dillard's makeup counters and none of them are hiring. I also do makeup so I thought I could go more that way until I can find a job in a spa. Any ideas as to what I can do? I feel hopeless.

Try applying with a local photographer or funeral home to do makeup.

the facial room in La Mirada, California

63 months ago

Sadly it is like this everywhere. I get emails daily from estheiticans all over the US in your same situtation. If you can not find any work you could create your own work. You have your license and can create your own business. You can go solo or go in with another esthetician. Start small, build up clientele. Rent a small space by yourself or go in with another esthetician who is in the same situation as yourself to share rent space. Split your time and days. If the space does not have equipment and you need to purchase your own, go with just the basics: facial bed, stool, Mag Light and steamer. Cost is about $365 from ccibeauty.com. Single wax pot $30, double only $50. Use a crockpot to steam your towels. Get towels at Big Lots: doz for $18. Good enough quality and inexpensive. Flat Twin sheets at Wamart $8 ea. I have more ideas and solutions but running out of space. Creating our own jobs is the only thing we can do right now, if no one is hiring. My email susan@thefacialroom.com

Kat in Seminole, Florida

63 months ago

sandrafont in Tampa, Florida said: Hi, my name is sandra and I have an Aesthetician licensed, facialist, and body wrapper; Good education and experiences. I'm looking to rent a space or a job in a spa in tampa, brandon, or riverview; however its been so hard for me to find it. Is someone knows who needs my services? Please help me, I need a job.

I am also looking for the same thing.Also what do we need to do so ? Tax ID,Insurance,ect ? Let's chat,mothernaturecat4@aol.com

spaowner in Charlotte, North Carolina

63 months ago

Lana in San Antonio, Texas said: I don't know your opportunities, but I think the best way is to start your own business. It will be hard in the beginning but then you will make good money and be your own boss,. You need to spend quit bit money and find nice room for rent in a busy salon in a good location. I have my own business for almost 8 years and I will never go and work for any salon or spa, where they make you work 24/7 and pay nothing. If you need my advise or help just let me know.

you make it sound that working for yourself does not involve any hard work and that fortune awaits. You portrait a picture perfect scenario. The contrary is true, especially when you have responsibilities of employees. Nothing is farther from the truth, that after the start up phase, you can put your feet up. Does an employee take risky investments, take the hits in a down-turn economy to help others keep jobs, have more tasks than they get paid for (to name a few: cleaning lady, accountant, web-administrator, life coach, esthetician). At the end of the day, employees go home, the employer continues to work, even on days off. Both employee and employer have their own responsibilities; they should be paid accordingly. If I were an employee I would consider the pros and cons of being your own boss, and whether this fits your personality.

the facial room in La Mirada, California

63 months ago

spaowner in Charlotte, North Carolina said: you make it sound that working for yourself does not involve any hard work and that fortune awaits. You portrait a picture perfect scenario. The contrary is true, especially when you have responsibilities of employees. Nothing is farther from the truth, that after the start up phase, you can put your feet up. Does an employee take risky investments, take the hits in a down-turn economy to help others keep jobs, have more tasks than they get paid for (to name a few: cleaning lady, accountant, web-administrator, life coach, esthetician). At the end of the day, employees go home, the employer continues to work, even on days off. Both employee and employer have their own responsibilities; they should be paid accordingly. If I were an employee I would consider the pros and cons of being your own boss, and whether this fits your personality.

Spa Owner, I don't think that Lana is talking about owning a spa with employees. That's going big and comes with its own rewards and headaches. She is talking about going solo and having your own small skincare business. I am solo as she is, have two locations that I work at (lease space) and specialize mostly in acne (where there is a real need) but also offer customized facials (ie: prematurely aging skin, Roseaca, etc.) as well as a pampering, de-stressing facial. If you love what you do, it is not work at all. It is rewarding. I love, love, love helping my clients acheive clear, radiant skin. Going solo with a small skin care practice and carrying your own skin care line can be profitable. Still takes time to build clientele ofcourse. But when estheticians can not find work it is a way to create their own. Can even be done part-time while working another job. Sounds like you have your hands full and what you have described does not sound fun to me. Thanks much for your input. Confirms why I do not want to go that route.

godseyr99

63 months ago

Lana in San Antonio, Texas said: I don't know your opportunities, but I think the best way is to start your own business. It will be hard in the beginning but then you will make good money and be your own boss,. You need to spend quit bit money and find nice room for rent in a busy salon in a good location. I have my own business for almost 8 years and I will never go and work for any salon or spa, where they make you work 24/7 and pay nothing. If you need my advise or help just let me know.

I am just beginning in my own esthetology business. Rented a room in Burleson, now I need ideas and advice on getting clientele. i am recently graduated Oct 09. Have any advice??

kat in Pinellas Park, Florida

63 months ago

SMM in Merritt Island, Florida said: I've been an esthetician for 3 years now, and graduate from one of the best schools in central fl. and I have not been able to be succesful with any day spa jobs, been unemployed for 3 months can;t find a job in esthetics, any where, dermatologist, plastic surgens, spas, cosmetic stores, so is hard everywhere, am thinking of changing careers! how upseting this career has been or maybe is just me who knows!
Most people have a full time by the hour job and do skin care 2 days a week.You need to be a full specialist and a massage therapist to make a living.Many day spas have closed.In the end asian nail shops and fast,cheap hair cutting places will be all that is left.Back to school and increase what jobs you can do.

ksheila in Jacksonville, Florida

62 months ago

So, I've read everyones posts, and I feel for each of you struggling out there. My situation is a bit different. I got my License in 2003 in Atl. I worked breafly just out of school for a salon, then the owners decided to move out of state to follow another buisness the husband was working on. At the same time, I got preganat and me and my husband decided it was good to just stay home with the baby anyway. I lost the baby. After that, we moved into a big house and we decided I would just run the house. I was lucky in the fact that I didnt have to work for once in my life. Now, I'm getting a divorce. I'm 41 years old and basicly no reall world experiance. We have moved back to Fl. so I can be near my family again after living in Atl. for 17 years. So, I really don't know anyone. I'm in the process of transfering my Ga. license to Fl. But, I have been looking around in the mean time and everyone wants sosmeone with more experiance. I have kept up with all the latest everything in skin care. I even checked into product selling, which I hate. I'am not a sales person persay. If someone is already somewhere asking questions, I don't mind answering and sharing. But I'm not one for approaching. Still nothing.
I would do booth rental and try to go from there, but the cheapest is $135 a week. I can't start there with no clientel.
I can promote myself pretty well, I can design a website and buisness cards and such, but no where to send the clients I may get. If I had my way, that is what I would do, design websites for skin care. But, most want someone who went to school for that and I'am self taught, so a little limited on what I can do. I would love to do skin care seminars or some such. Or just research. I'am constantly learning new stuff in the buisness. I must know every product ingredient and what it is used for for every line out there, and some just home remedy stuff too. I can spend hours on my comp just researching.
Of course, none of this seems to be helpful.

kat in Pinellas Park, Florida

62 months ago

Take a 2 week CNA certified nurse ast in largo.Many nursing homes and ast living are hiring right now.You can rent a spot in a day spa 2 days a week to get your esthetician clients up and get a hourly wage 5 days a week at the nursing home or do home health.

D in Fayetteville, North Carolina

62 months ago

JennaEliseMakeup in Tampa, Florida said: I'm having the hardest time even finding job openings. No one is hiring. I thought I'd look for a job relating to skin care but even that's getting hard. I tired Sephora, ULTA, and the Nordstrom's and Dillard's makeup counters and none of them are hiring. I also do makeup so I thought I could go more that way until I can find a job in a spa. Any ideas as to what I can do? I feel hopeless.

Hey JennaEliseMakeup,
I just finished school, got my License, and got a job as an Esthetician at Ulta. But you have to apply online to get a job there. My Esthetiology teacher told me this. Also, I noticed your from Tampa(my hubby is also), so I clicked on your profile and noticed that you're a makeup artist too. I've been trying to get my feet in that door and it's so hard, I even got denied a model mayhem account bcuz I don't have professional pics. I want to start my portfolio, but How do I get started, when no photographer or model wants to work with a no-name like me. Please help.

c, nelson in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

61 months ago

Sorry, taken long getting back to you & couldn't figure how to reply (without monitoring - guess we can't communicate offline). Here's what you should consider:

1. Not all potential clients are versed in skin care processes and applications. You will educate.

2. Keep it simple - host a Spa Party! This is how you will develop a following. They will become your spa members.

3. Inventory: Wood's Lamp / Exfolliant / Tonic (Astringent)/ Moisturizer - your mobile tools for guick sells!

The woods lamp is your facial lamp - on-site skin evaluations. Announce to each client your findings.

Allow each client to exfolliate - educate why this is important
Allow each client to apply the tonic - educate
Allow each client to moisturize - educate
4. Provide literature
5. Inform that you require spa membership enrollment - develop plans of interest to excite them to become members and return.
6. Offer Green Tea at each meet
7. Explain to them what will be the spa topic for the next meeting. And if you kept their interest they will bring someone with them the next time.
8. The idea is to get them to use the recommended regimens. You as the professional will need to gain confidence.
9. At each meeting you want to sell something. Inventory. You don't need a lot - remember each meeting will introduce a different topic - different inventory. For example:
I start with the maintenance of facial skin (as demonstrated earlier using the woods lamp) - I will usually have exfolliant for purchase & they will tell me about any other needs they may have. I push purchases used at each meet - as I am providing proof-of-need! Next meeting I speak on internal organ maintenance by introducing types of nutrient waters & drinks, moisturizers, etc.
Next meet - night creams & healers. At each meet I introduce new product(s). Eventually make-up, enhancements, etc. I work with other professionals - wardrobe advice, massage...folks love home services - customize yours.
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Tami in Lakeland, Florida

61 months ago

Lana in San Antonio, Texas said: I don't know your opportunities, but I think the best way is to start your own business. It will be hard in the beginning but then you will make good money and be your own boss,. You need to spend quit bit money and find nice room for rent in a busy salon in a good location. I have my own business for almost 8 years and I will never go and work for any salon or spa, where they make you work 24/7 and pay nothing. If you need my advise or help just let me know.

I'm in school now to become an Esthetician. I was wondering how much equipment and product do you need to start your own business? Thanks

Tami in Lakeland, Florida

61 months ago

Katie in Charlotte, North Carolina said: Hi everyone! It seems that there are several estheticians or soon to be estheticians who have posted on this blog that they are looking for a job and I may be able to help depending on what you are looking for. If you are still looking please contact me if you have an interest in skincare, cosmetics or health and nutrition-or all three! You do not have to be an esthetician to inquire. Although I am from Charlotte, NC, I do know of opportunities across the country. Please contact me at katie_leighmurray@yahoo.com

I would like more info.. Thanks

Alyse in Tampa, Florida

59 months ago

Hey I have read this entire thread, and am in the same boat... I live in Tampa, Fl... I have been licensed for about a year and nobody wants to hire someone with no clientel/experience... I went out and bought an entire set-up and have been practicing from home (on friends and fam) but nobody can afford to pay what I ask for so I end up dramatically dropping prices, just to have any clientel at all. I have beem considering renting and bringing all of my equipment into a more professional setting but I don't know anything about handling my own business... I am thinking it would be smart to go into business with someone else and split the fees. If anyone is interested in discussing this idea, please contact me

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