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The author, Silvia Sanchez, graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.A. in Psychology and has over 15 years of experience in the career-consulting field.

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Hiring apprentices in your salon- yay or neigh?

Hiring apprentices in Alberta.

Hiring apprentices in your salon can be beneficial. Here are some FAQs employers have when considering hiring apprentices versus licensed hairstylists.

Can I hire an existing staff member as an apprentice?

Yes, for example, you may choose to promote your receptionist. Some people may even say that its a good idea to promote your receptionist/assistant/etc. This is because taking on an apprentice is a long term commitment and investment.

How much supervision is an apprentice required to have?

The supervisor has to be a certified hairstylist. This person will be a mentor and should have the qualities to mould the apprentice with correct technical skills and theoretical knowledge amongst other things.

Your apprentice must complete 1450 hours during their first period (12 months) and another 1450 hours on their second period (12 months)

You can stretch this out how it best works for you, but this works out to 30 hours per week on average.

Can an apprentice offer services at my salon before being licensed?

Yes, they can offer the services you teach them as they practice their skills. Your apprentice will have to enrol in technical training at some point during each period (start dates vary), but you can teach them the skills you want them to learn in the mean time.

What is the application process?

Your apprentice must apply online. There is a $35 apprenticeship application fee. After, you will receive an email asking you to complete the employer portion of the application.

A contract will be created from there which will be signed by both of you and voilĂ , you have an apprentice.

Find your apprentice!

You can use our job bank to search for your next apprentice!


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Advice from a PRO- how to become a successful home business owner.

But not just any beauty PRO…

Meet Claudia, a strong, independent, ambitious individual who has made her self-employment goal a reality.

Claudia has been a licensed hairstylist for 13 years. She studied Hairstyling at MC College and proudly earned her diploma in 2006. Throughout the years, she gained the experience and confidence to be her own boss!

Claudia opened her very own salon, Claudia’s Beauty Shop. She states, “My salon is meant to feel private, comfortable and family friendly, with competitive pricing.”

Though Claudia trained in all areas of Hairstyling, including haircutting and chemical texturing, it is the magic of hair colouring that drives Claudia in her business.

“I’m in the business of beauty and Hair therapy (Hairipy).”

-Claudia, Owner of Claudia’s Beauty Shop.

Storefront vs. Home Business

The two main types of beauty businesses are storefront and home businesses. While a storefront beauty business can grow large with many departments and staff to manage, it is home business owners that can truly be called self-employed.

In our Salon/Spa Startup course, we teach students the tools necessary to manage a beauty business, however, having the right tools is only half the battle. The other half comes from within. It takes discipline and perseverance and time to win the game of business.

Home businesses offer the flexibility craved by many of us. The ability to work from home is an attractive quality. For one, transportation to and from work is no longer a matter. You save money in gas/transit, but most importantly, you save time. Time to spend on the kids/house/yourself/etc.


Claudia’s Beauty Shop is a home beauty business.

“My favourite benefits of having a home business is the freedom of scheduling appointments to suit my life.”

-Claudia

Self-employment is not for everybody.

While the benefits of being self-employed outweigh the ongoing work (if you’re doing it right), don’t underestimate the challenges you will face, these will turn into lessons learned.


Challenges of self-employment.

Claudia has faced some challenges in her ever-growing career. One of the biggest challenge she has overcome is learning how to be independent and accountable From paying for her ongoing education to staying up-to-date on new hair techniques, she is responsible for every aspect of her business.

“I have no other hairstylist in my home salon to be inspired by. I am responsible for all costs incurred by the salon. I am responsible for cleaning and maintenance.”

-Claudia

Advice from a PRO…

Claudia believes all beauty providers should work/apprentice in a storefront salon/spa before making the decision of opening a home business.

“There is so much to learn in the beauty industry beside techniques. Working in a multiple stylist environment you’ll learn how to work with multiple personalities, how to manage time.”

-Claudia

We couldn’t agree more with Claudia! Working with and learning from others will show you different ways of thinking and problem-solving.

“[Working in a storefront first teaches you] how to problem solve, how a salon works financially. You can learn how to be a mentor. How to sell products, services. All the fundamentals of becoming a successful business owner.”

-Claudia

How do I become a Hairstylist?

Visit TRAINING 411 to learn more.


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Dreaming of having an online store? Now may be the time!

Updating a website to allow for online sales is an eligible project for funding.

Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant

The Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant can help your business recover from COVID-19. One of the lessons learned from COVID-19 is that it is important to have an online presence and to be able to sell online.

The average online store saw a 500% increase during COVID-19.

This makes perfect sense! We were all on lockdown, yet customers still had a need for their products to tide them over while unable to get their regular beauty services. Businesses that had an online store were able to stay afloat as they had another source of income besides services. We want to take this opportunity to give a shoutout to Binary Logic whose support during COVID-19 was incredible.

Applying for the grant.

You can apply for this grant in one of two phases. Phase 1 goes from June to December 2020 and consists of microgrants of up to $1000. Applications are accepted weekly. Phase 2 consists of larger grants of up to $25K.

Applicants can apply only once for either phase 1 or 2. You must have a valid business license to apply.

One of the core criteria of the Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant is business transformation and economic diversification. The grant cannot be used for rent/lease/mortgage, payroll, membership fees, permit fees, debt reduction, retroactive costs, insurance, and other similar expenses.

Matching the grant.

Before you get too excited, there are eligibility requirements to this grant, one of them being that you have to match the amount of the grant you apply for.


Other ways for beauty industry business to use the grant.

You can use this grant to purchase masks, gloves and other safety equipment to keep your staff and clients safe.


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Things to know before embarking on your home business venture.

Are home businesses lucrative?

You bet they are! As long as you manage your business with the same effort and respect that you would a store-front, these businesses can bring in a lot of income with fewer expenses, leaving more money in your pocket!

What do I need to have a home business?

First, register your business.

You must register your business name in order to report your earnings to government authorities. There are 4 choices for you when registering your business, most people who run a small business opt for a sole proprietorship.

You will also need a business license, not to be confused with your hairstyling license or esthetics certification.

You will also require a business license and a development permit. This type of license is granted by the city. Home-based business must follow special regulations since they are located in neighbourhoods designed for living, not business.

Zoning bylaws are used to determine whether the city can grant you a home business license. Don’t be surprised if your neighbours are contacted to ask if they are ok with your particular business being on the same street as them.

Beauty industry home businesses are MAJOR businesses.

There are 2 types of home businesses. Because beauty industry businesses have clients coming to the home for services that are not typical of a residential area, they are considered a major home business. Major home businesses cause a degree of interruption to the neighbourhood, for example, less parking available for residents and their guests, versus minor businesses that typically do not receive clients in their home.

What about insurance?

Insurance is important for any business, including a home business. Not many insurance companies specialize in beauty industry insurance, an insurance broker may be able to help you find the right company for you. Your insurer should understand the specific challenges of beauty industry businesses.

Fees and other things to consider.

Registration/licensing/insurance all cost money. Luckily, home businesses today have the advantage of free marketing on social media! Instagram in particular is an excellent tool used by all beauty industry businesses, but has a spectacular impact on home businesses. Many clients use instagram as a way to find their service provider, who quite often has a home business.


Check out our Salon/Spa Startup and Canadian Spa Industry Standards courses.


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Are there supports for beauty industry workers with disabilities?

DRES. Not “dress”

YES. There are there supports for beauty industry workers with disabilities! Disability Related Employment Supports a.k.a. ‘DRES’ is a provincial employment support that funds supports or services for Albertans to help them find and maintain employment.

If the eligibility criteria for all parties are met, you may find supports in:

  • education/training,
  • job search and
  • the workplace

Examples of eligible assistive services:

  • job coach
  • note taker
  • academic aide
  • tutor

Examples of eligible assistive technology:

  • Set-up, installation and training on use of specialized equipment and/or software
  • ramps
  • wheelchair lifts
  • widening doorways
  • making a washroom accessible
  • raising lowering or adapting a work station
  • adapting equipment for the specific use of a person with a disability
  • power door openers

Talk to a Career and Employment Consultant to see if you meet eligibility for DRES.

Now that you know about DRES, that “DRES” is quite lovely, don’t you agree?


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