We as cosmetologist, barbers, and professionals of every kind have to take the necessary ACTIONS to maintain, if not actually enhance the level of integrity in our field. Tooooo many individuals in the beauty industry do not properly report our taxes, which is how the government calculated the median income of a profession. So, in turn, it makes the beauty profession look like the median income is somewhere near the poverty level. I makes i look as if this should be a hobby instead of a profession. It makes it look as if we will spend more money going to school than we will make in the industry. We know that just is not the truth. We have to get past the instant gratification of pocketing that money, and realize that we have to rebuild the reputation of the industry. We are not all slackers. We all did not go the school in our chosen field in the beauty industry just because we could not make it in college. We are not all just in this industry so that we can be tardy coming in to work. These are just a few of the misconception about barbers, cosmetologist, esthetitians, masseurs, makeup artist, and so on. We are artist. We are creative. We are innovators that create a look for an individual based on that individual. This is a profession that basically every human being needs in some form or fashion. Most don’t see it as a profession until they get an amateur service with a major malfunction. Then they need to go to a professional. That should not be the case. We should have our place as a necessary professional service right along with medical, legal, and financial professionals. The reason that we are not is our fault. We allow kitchen beauticians, garage barbers, and many other amateurs to somewhat successfully practice our profession without a license. We do not report them, and some of us even patronize their services. This is unacceptable. A person practicing medicine without a license goes to jail. A person practicing law without a license goes to jail, but we allow amateurs to to take a part of our clientele without recourse. We allow diversion to happen at a astounding rate. We allow individuals that really have nothing to do with our business to sell all kinds of products that should not are are not supposed to be in their facilities. The problem is that some of us patronize these establishments as we. Out of date professional products, sub-par grades of commercial hair, products that do more damage than good to the individual, etc. This has to stop, and we have to be the ones to stop it. Lets come together as professional, and make a difference. This site is dedicated to the uplifting of our industry. We believe that if we address the issues of the mind body & soul, then we as people can make the proper choices to elevate us to heights unknown. If we knew better, we would do better. Lets make the change starting today.
Where are we financially? Where do we want to be? How do we get from where we are to where we want to be? These are all questions that only you can answer. What I do know is that we all need to at least investigate ways of creating passive income. Passive or residual income is that money that some call pajama money. Whether you get up and go to work somewhere, or you just stay in the bed wearing your pajamas, this money will come in.
This can be very important. I learned the hard way when i lost my decent paying job. Even though I was not making six-figures at this job, it was paying the bills. When i lost that job, i saw just how much i needed it, or in reality how much I chose to depend on it. I could have been using some of that income to begin building me a business or alternate source of income. Even after that, I realized again the importance of creating passive income when I had a very serious accident. I could not work for a while, but that did not stop the bills from rolling in. As a matter of fact, that added on to the ever growing pile of bills.
That was my “ah ha” moment! Maybe it took that blow to the head to get my attention. I saw just how vulnerable I really am, and how quickly financial situations can change. This when I made a decision to take control. I realized that some people have talents that create residual income, or what they call royalties. I don’t sing or rap well enough to get contract, I can’t really pay any instruments, and I am not a good actor. So, royalties do not look like they will be a part of my future. What I could do was look for opportunities that could eventually produce passive residual. There are a number of different ways to achieve this. I am a little biased, because i like network marketing. I ran across a great one called LegalShield. That may not be for everyone, but we all should agree that we need to find something. Life ca throw any of us a curve ball at anytime. Just like in baseball, some of the time we will get a hit, and some of the time we won’t. Will you be prepared for those times that you get out? If not, you may be out of the game longer than you expect. So, don’t look at passive income passively. It may be a life changing decision! Check out this brie video that I made.
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The creation of passive income is becoming a must in the world. As living being we all have a time limit on how much effort we can exert in any venture. As an employee or even self-employed, we only have so many hours in the day. So, in turn that put a limit on how much we can make on our own. This is where getting into an opportunity that can be leveraged is paramount. Who wants to just make ends meet? Definitely not me, and I doubt that you do either. This is where taking advantage of an opportunity which can produce passive income needs to be researched. You want to look at the credibility of the entity in which you are considering attaching yourself to. Has this opportunity withstood or have the potential to withstand the test of time? We have to look at the timing. Are there issues or problems that this entity or opportunity can relate to? Is their a great number of competitors already addressing these issues, and Is this something that presents a solution to a need in the current market? Then take a look at what is trending. Does the market seem to be getting better, or is the need of the service ever increasing?
How many of us can honestly say that the job or position that we are currently in will allow us the opportunity to retire someday with our “dream lifestyle?” If it is dependent upon how many hours we can work, then for most of us the answer is probably no. This is why we have to be proactive starting NOW. There is no way that we can expect the government to take care of us in our “golden years.” They can’t even take care of our deficit right now. How can the produce money out of a bankrupt Medicare fund, a rapidly decreasing social security fund, and an ever weakening U.S. dollar? I do not see that happening. This is why we are going to have to take action in securing our own financial freedom. I am not talking about any get rich quick scheme. I am not referring to some ponzy scheme. I am asking everyone to open their minds to income producing companies and business ventures that present the capability of passive residual income. The route that you choose will be up to you. Their are various opportunities out there. We just have to increase our financial intelligence to take advantage of them. This is some of the things that we will discuss in later posts and discussion. You may ask “how are we going to increase our financial intelligence?” The answer is in the question. “HOW!” If we will be Honest, Open-minded, and Willing then we can easily access the open doors of opportunity.
The haircut used to be one of the most informal counseling sessions known to man. We have to cater our services to our clientele. We have to be up to date on current issues along with excellent technical skills. We are in a people business. Anything we can do to better connect with out clientele, the better our results will be. A barber can hold a very important and informative position in the well being of a patron. We as barbers have to make sure that we are well versed in products and services that will benefit our clientele. We have to understand the techniques of sales and customer relations. We have to understand that true success extends beyond just our ability to handle the clippers and razor. Even though those are necessary skill sets, we have to understand that this is just the beginning of the story. Face shape, head shape, and body have to be taken into consideration with the style give to a client. We all know that all styles do not look good on everyone. We have to create an idea in the mind of the patron that will be more complimentary to that individual. We do not want to be a cookie-cutter barber. That is a barber that just cuts a style to look the same as someone else’s. That is not a true barber. Their are a bunch of amateurs that can do that. A true barber has studied, and utilizes each service as an individualized work of art. We take the time and effort to make sure that their is symmetry and harmony throughout the style. The highlighting of flattering features as well as the shadowing of unflattering features are all a part of the process. What makes you stand out from the next barber? Do you know the difference between the texture & density of an individuals hair? Do you know or even carry the products that will work best for the different categories? We have to take pride in our craft, which means knowing the ins & outs of it.
As barbers we also have to be cognizant of our vulnerability. Most barbers work on a linear basis. This means that we get paid by how much we work. As a victim of a serious accident, I understand that anything can happen at any time. If we don’t work, then we don’t eat. This is why we have to learn to leverage our income. I know that some barbers have their own shops, and the get booth rental fees weekly, but that is still linear. The booth fees are pretty much set, and if they leave, so does the money. We have to learn to not only work for money, but let money work for you. This is where the counseling portion of the service can be to your advantage. Find some form of business that will be useful to your clientele, as well as put some extra money in your bank account. Be sure to do your research, find out about the company. Find out about the market. Research the timing and current trends going on around us. An informed barber not only gets clients to return for their technical skills, but the fulfilling of additional needs can keep the customers returning as well creating new clients as well. We are in the instant gratification & convenience generation. The more quality that you can get at one place, the more apt we are to return to that establishment. We have to use this to our advantage. We can build a business along with our career simultaneously. How does it get any better than that? I am biased, so I will not suggest what business you should incorporate into your current operations, but you can go to my “protect yourself” or “lets talk business pages to find out my preference. Don’t wait and hope that your future turns our prosperous, create a scenario where this can actually be a reality!
Why do bad things happen to good people? I do not have the answer to that question, but I would like to discuss a solution to reportedly one the biggest issues for the last 15 years consecutively. The Federal Trade Commission has reported identity theft as the #1 consumer complaint for that period of time. Over a billion people had their identities compromised as the result of some sort of breach just last year alone. That averages a little more than a person a minute. We have seen the large corporations on the news. We even saw our own government have a security breach. How much easier do you think it is to access our personal devices?
Identity theft comes in a myriad of forms. The most common for that people think about is credit fraud. Someone accessing your information and utilizing it for their monetary gain, but this is only a scratch on the service.
Social Security Fraud- this is where an individual’s social security number is utilized for someone else to live or obtain services as the person whose identity was stolen. This is how many illegal aliens and terrorist can easily blend in here in our country undetected for such long periods of time. Even if we don’t have a lot in our bank accounts, or even if we have bad credit, a person who cannot or is not supposed to be in this country will pay a hefty sum to have access to such information.
Driver’s License Fraud- this is where an individual can used another persons license numbers & date of birth to obtain a valid driver’s license, apply for other benefits, and much much more.
Medical Fraud- this is where an individual can get medical insurance, or procedures performed, with all of the financial responsibility falling upon the unknowing victim.
Criminal/Character Fraud- this is where an individual obtains a person’s information for the sole purpose of committing a crime, unannounced to the the person who is about to be slapped with a criminal record.
Synthetic Fraud- this is where multiple people have components of their personal information combined to create a whole new identity. (ie. my name, your social security number, someone else’s date-of-birth, etc) This form of identity theft would adversely affect each person involved whose information was utilized.
Solution – IDShield
As we can see by now, this is an overwhelming epidemic in our world. The good news is their is help available. Even though we will probably never be able to totally alleviate all forms of identity theft, there is a company that has over 40 years of experience in mitigating the risks of such occurrences. Legal Shield partnered with Kroll Industries to create IDSield. This is the most comprehensive identity theft protection available on the market. Kroll Industries normally only works with Fortune 500 companies, but with the partnership with Legal Shield their services are now available to the masses. Theses services are awesome for individuals, families, and even great for employers to offer to their employees as voluntary or fringe benefits. How awesome will an employer look if they not only look out for their employees identities, but in turn they are protecting the company from liability should a breach ever happen within their system. Compare their services to the competition. Compare their prices to the competition. This is why the other guys are offering specials & free shredders with their contractual agreements. IDShield has no lengthy contractual agreement, they offer memberships to their customers. They are so confident that they have the best product out there that their members are just obligated from month-to-month, so they are not worried about securing someone down for a year or years at a time. A comparison is available to the leading competitor on the website. Check it out. Www.IDShield.com
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I will be diligently moving forward to input the information that we all need. I need you input on what areas you would like discussed. We are ready to go to another level. I will soon have the prices uploaded for the private classes and videos. Knowledge is key, and we will be discussing what a lot of schools leave out when it comes to the information that is pertinent for sustained success.
4PeoplesChoice Solutions is a company that believes if we find solutions to the issues of the mind, body and soul, then we can make the choices that will elevate us to heights unknown! After departing from the United States Marine Corps, I entered into my voyage of a beauty industry professional. I learned a lot of technical & theoretical information, but i realize now that I was never really taught the “business” side of things. Of course we scratched the surface, but i was not aware of the “dog eat dog” world that I was to encounter. In my journey, I have not found an institution that does. This is the purpose of this website. To coach others on the things that I have learned the hard way. I want to elevate the awareness of the need for personal development. I am seeking out anyone looking to improve themselves from the inside out. I do have a passion for; cosmetologist, barbers, & independent contractors of all types, but this information will be useful for virtually anyone. I am launching this site because I wish I would have known years ago what I know now. So, I will be regularly posting information so that I will be able to address the needs of those ready to take their careers to the next level. At 4PeoplesChoice Solutions, we believe that if we create solutions for the issues of the mind body & soul, then we will make the choices that will elevate us to levels unknown!