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Job Summary

First of all, I can't believe I've been doing this for 15 years. Time is moving fast, man. I've been fortunate to do what I really love for 15 years. Being a Barber is more than just cutting hair, it's getting to know people. It's getting to know their story. Where they grew up, where they've been, where they're headed. While I like to think I'm good at barbering, a big part of what makes my business a success is I'm good at talking to all kinds of people.

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Michael's Career Path

I've only ever been a Barber. After high school, I went straight to technical college to become a licensed Barber.

I grew up watching my dad cut hair, and he was always laughing and having a good time with it. That stuck with me. I think in the back of my head, I always knew I'd be doing the same thing eventually.

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Hard Skills

  • Haircutting

  • Hair Styling

  • Running a Business

  • First Aid

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Soft Skills

  • Communication

  • Listening

  • Customer Service

  • Time Management

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Work/Life Balance

I spend a lot of time in the shop, but that's by choice. I usually work about 50 hours a week. I don't have to work all that much, but I like it.

I'll take a break here and there, but probably no more than a couple of weeks off per year.

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Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national estimate (US) for Barbers is $25,650 annually (median). National wage estimates by percentile:

  • $18,610

    10th Percentile

  • $21,050

    25th Percentile

  • $37,490

    75th Percentile

  • $48,480

    90th Percentile

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