How Barbers can earn over $70,000/year (part 1)


When I was eighteen years old my dad tried to get me to go to barber school and at the time my mentality was that being a barber was not prestigious enough like a doctor, lawyer, or therapist. Boy was I wrong and when I finally understood more about the barber profession I realized that I was born to do this and succeed at it. Who knew that barbers could make such a great living and be in control of their time and create so many other ways to earn money stemming from a barber career. Before barbering I practiced real estate and dabbled in a few other things to make money on the side, however when I started my career as a barber my life changed and my brand became well-known throughout the city. Over the years I’ve read many books on business, marketing, Internet, leadership, taxes, just to name a few and what I’ve uncovered is a solid proven method on how to become a successful barber. The reason this article is in two parts is because I really want to make sure I cover in detail what makes barbers successful and how all of us can implement these strategies to accomplish our goals in this profession. Many barbers ask me how I became so successful and now I tell them go subscribe to Successful Barber however there two broad areas that I focus on to keep my customers pouring in. Probably most important for all the newbies out there is to remain patient and persistent and to remember that “Rome was not built in a day…” What I mean is that it took time for me to get where I am today and had I received the abundance of customers in the beginning I actually would not had been ready for them. It takes professionalism and a level of seriousness to earn over $70,000/year as a barber but I know many barbers that do it and earn even more. There will be times when you feel like you’ve went into the wrong business or that no matter what you do customers will not come into your shop, but you have to stay persistent and connected with other successful barbers to improve your own business. I know it can be difficult at times to remain faithful to the job and when you have those moments of frustration you can always come back to this site or link up with other successful barbers and get inspired. Once I was asked how do I stay so upbeat about growing my clientele and I responded with a resounding, “It’s get customers or die trying!”, and I literally meant it. This mentality is about staying persistent and knowing that I am a barber and when one decides that they are truly a barber then he/she will make their living through barbering no matter what. Do you know any barbers that need some motivation? If so then share this article with your friends and don’t forget to come back to read part two.

18 thoughts on “How Barbers can earn over $70,000/year (part 1)”

  • There is money in barbering, most people think that this industry is just a part time hobby. My dad was the one who told me to get a real career while I was at a warehouse. He said the warehouse isn’t a real job lol, so being that I have been cutting hair since I was 12, I went to barber school so I could get my license and 15 years later I haven’t looked back. I give my mom and pops credit for this. It’s money in this, you just have to get it!!!

  • Thanks for the marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it, you might
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  • Waiting on part 2 where is it? I love this website because sometimes I need this MOTIVATION some people out here in this barber field don’t want to give information. Sometime a sister really need a good mentor in this barber life so, when I come across good website I stay on them.

  • In my opinion (and it’s just my opinion), barbers are now struggling in a collapsed industry. There are too many barbers and not enough clients. Open a barbershop and see how seemingly impossible it is to build a professional team that will be supportive of your ideas. Granted, in the 90’s, (when there were only a few barbers in each city) things were much easier and barbers almost had to beat new clients off of them. I know because I began practicing around that time and can tell you, first hand. However, those days are over and barbers a walking on eggshells with their clients, many of whom will betray their barber for anything because clients today have many more options than before. Today, a barber needs to be clued to his chair and remain in the shop at all times, or his failure is eminent.

    I’ve noticed that certain barbers seem to be making their money doing everything from selling t-shirts, tools and accessories, hosting shows and seminars, etc.—everything except cutting hair. I think it’s great but in the end, it’s really a totally different job title, not barbering. For that, one might as well pursue a different career. Right?

  • I understand your points but I have a different perception on the industry. I see the industry booming with lots of new customers to service. Did you know there are now about 7 billion people living today and it’s expected to keep climbing. The Department of Labor predicts our industry will grow by 13% over the next 10 years. And that’s because of the growing population. The industry is definitely more competitive nowadays due to technology like the Internet. If your business model does not include the Internet then I can definitely see a barber struggling. However there are many factors that come into play. I think it’s great that barbers have begun to brand themselves internationally now with products,classes, events,etc… Barbers are tapping into higher levels of business these days. What do you think?

  • Thanks for your response!
    The growing population you’re talking about must be the growing population of barbers—because I haven’t seen any of these new customers, anywhere. Seriously, where are these new people?
    In the past, I have used a strong internet presence (social network pages, directory pages, etc) because I’ve always heard that it was a driving force behind successful businesses but there is still no conclusive evidence that it actually works and there isn’t a way to track the ROI—and maintaining a creative Internet presence with all these things going on can be time consuming, especially during busier times at work. By the way, I’ve also spent money on business promotion services like Groupon and ValPac, just to see if they really do work (which they haven’t). I came to learn that the best tool for promoting my services is not only free but has been in front of me, all along—a satisfied client. In the several years I spent using the Internet as a tool, I aquired a whopping 2 (TWO!) new clients, in total. The rest of my new clients have and are still being aquired the old fashioned way—through word of mouth.
    Also, (and as I stated before) it’s great that barbers are now exploring these different avenues but then why not become a manufacturer or a salesman, instead? Why become a barber if your going to wind up selling t-shirts and magnets? I’m almost convinced that the real reason all this is happening is because barbers are struggling so much with their careers that they are FORCED to sell apparel and other things, just to make up for their losses in the shop. Sincerely, I hope that I’m wrong and that I’m missing something because I love new information.
    I registered to this site because I’m hoping to learn from you how I can make more money where a barber should be—behind the chair.
    I’m always listening.

    Do you know any old barbers who have retired comfortably? Because I don’t.

    The old barbers I know (and I know a bunch) can’t even afford to stop working—and they all give me the same advice: “Get out while you still can.” What do you think?

  • Good for you – a blessing from God.

    My brother in law was a barber in Daly City, CA – bought a house in Linda Mar. Had 3 kids. & wife didn’t work. So I can see God Blessed both of you.

  • I am a struggling barber. I fairly new.. ive tried different shops. Its important to understand the dynamics of the market. Location, demographics, skill level and experience of the barbers in the shop(including YOU), The decor, environment inside the shop, Additonal services, appropriate pricing and GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE. In essence, its hard to achieve this barbering harmony. It is possible.. patience, and consistency is also key and very difficult in this economical climate.. Hard road but not impossible… But better have something else holding you up while u build, and consider the time it takes. A barber needs at least 2 years in the same place, with ability to cut every hairstyle that is commanded at that location. THERE IT IS…..

  • That’s what we want you to think. It wouldn’t be much job security to promote our job as lucrative. Fuck otherS. Enjoy your rat race and the constant and eminent threat of unemployment as I bask in the light tax free wealth. I may never be filthy rich but my young ass is comfortable.

  • I had to retire from being a barber to promote my book Inconsistent Money. (available via Amazon) As Raymond mentioned, today’s barber industry is not the same. When I entered the industry in 2001 there still was dedicated, loyal customers who only waited for me. By 2013, that began to change. More barbershops = more barbers = discounted prices = lost of customers. Thanks to my older clientele, the lost of customers didn’t affect me as much. But this meant all my extra money was out the door. Today’s barbers don’t care about making it a career, they’re just look for some extra tax free money.

  • You’re right! My co-workers are still cutting till today. Most of them have regular jobs and cut as a barber on the side. For the others who cut full-time, they never get to enjoy their personal life because they can never take off.

  • Wow my parents also told me the same thing growing up but i would feel that It wasn’t for me since i grew up in a barbershop but I learned how to cut hair also at the age of 12 because my dad told me he was worried that I would not be able to find a job when i grew up at least I could make some money by following what my parents have done their whole lives.. I did look for jobs and every time I would work somewhere i never felt right or like if i was lying to myself not being who i am truly supposed to be. I have to say God gave me Barber parents because thats who gave me the skills to make people look good in order for them to feel good so to see happy clients i also get to see happy pockets 😉

  • I would say the barbers your talking about never made the decision to make investments, where their money would makes money they probably never heard of The book richest man in Babylon which he states you live off 70% use 20% to pay any debt and pay your self 10% to invest in somebody else s craft….if you did that alone you wouldn’t have to work a day in your life…. I’m a barber myself its a great job opportunities are everywhere… The above example is just a very brief example but you get the idea… Raymond and my advice to you is don’t listen to what most people say because most people are broke… atleast 98% are my best to you my dude in whatever you do

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