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 voilà, you have an apprentice.
Find your apprentice!
You can use our job bank to search for your next apprentice!
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.
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:
job search and
Examples of eligible assistive services:
Examples of eligible assistive technology:
Set-up, installation and training on use of specialized equipment and/or software
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?