What You Can Do During COVID-19
If you’re a cosmetology student right now, you’re probably feeling very, very confused.
Some cchools are shut down tight and some are online, all practice is basically banned, and we’re being told that getting within 6-feet of any other living, breathing human is very much a no-go right now—so what the heck does this mean for your burgeoning beauty career?
We won’t lie to you—the current state of things is sort of yikes-inducing. And honestly, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, let down, and like this is totally bogus, you have every dang right to feel that way. With the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of unprecedented, wildly unfair things have been happening to people in every profession—and you, a student who’s been looking forward to achieving their cosmetology license, are not immune.
But here’s the thing—this chaotic coronavirus doesn’t have to mean the end of your beauty career.
In fact, there are a ton of different ways that you can use this as an opportunity to better your skills, study up, and ensure that when your school does open back up, you’ll be ready to snag that license in no time at all. Then, you can maybe even take it a step or two (or more) further way faster than you ever planned.
Not sure where to start? Don’t sweat it. We’ve got a few suggestions up our sleeve! Remember, no matter how you decide to spend your time during the pandemic, know this—you’re doing great, we’re right here with you, and eventually, all of this will be behind us.
For now, read up on these must-know ideas for kicking your cosmetology student stamina into gear—whether your school is open or not!
Continued Cosmetology Education Courses
There’s an abundance of online learning available to you. In fact, it’s totally possible that your cosmetology school is offering you some badass classes that are entirely online right now. Even if you’re not sure about online learning, we absolutely encourage you to give it a go—who knows, you might be way more into it than you previously thought.
If your school isn’t able to offer online classes currently, that’s OK—luckily, there are lots of platforms available for cosmetology education, and a lot of them are offered by the best in the biz (cough, cough, did we mention Sam Villa? This education, no pressure here, is offered to you for free for an entire two months when you partner with us for your insurance needs.
If you’re not in a position to pay for continued education right now, don’t sweat it. There are so many free online videos, tutorials, and more available on the web and social media (YouTube is basically overrun with free education!
Check influencers and professionals pages to see what they’re offering—whether they’re big-names in the biz or not. Don’t forget about your podcast options—there are tons of beauty-centric podcasts out there that can expand your mind and teach you new things every time you listen.
Online Business Classes & Tutorials
Most cosmetology schools won’t teach you how to run your own business because that’s not necessarily required when it comes to getting your license. But, if you’ve been dreaming of the day you can open up your own salon, shop, or spa, now is the perfect time to start looking at how to kick that goal into gear.
There are endless tutorials, courses, and classes online that can teach you the basics of running your own business—from free, 101 courses that’ll get you started on the fundamentals to continuing education courses (that you’ll likely need to pay for) that can help you dive deep into the need-to-know details.
Now is one of the best times to dedicate yourself to studying up and learning about how to run your own business. This way, when the time comes and the world returns to normal, you’ll be in-gear and ready to start your own business ASAP.
Explore Your Career Options
You know you want to get into beauty, of course, but do you know what branch?
Whether you’re aware or not, there are hundreds (yep, we said hundreds) of different career paths that you can take as a licensed cosmetologist—plenty of which can take you outside the salon.
We implore you to do some of your own research, but to get you started off in the right direction, we suggest you check out this article here about some of the varied career paths you can take in the beauty industry.
Who knows? You might just end up refocusing your license when you get back to school.
Study Up on Marketing Skills
We’re all probably spending a lot of time scrolling right now, right? Might as well put that social media savvy to good use and learn how to create stunning marketing strategies for that beauty career that’s on the horizon!
There are plenty of free resources out there that are guaranteed to get you in tip-top marketing shape in no time.
Need a starting point? Check out our FREE Marketing Guide right here to lay the groundwork or read up on a few must-know marketing basics in this article here.
Put Yourself (And Your Self Care) First
It’s no secret that everything is a little scary and chaotic right now. And if you’re struggling with how to handle the day-to-day of our pandemic-stricken world, maybe it’s time to stop focusing on what you can do to further your career and start focusing on what you should do to take care of yourself.
We’re not saying that you should give up on your beauty career—not even a little bit—but we do think that above all, you should put yourself, your health, and your mental well-being first—and sometimes that means throwing a little self-care your way.
When we say self-care, we obviously mean some of the good stuff—bubble baths, doing your nails, putting a face mask on, and drinking a glass of red wine. But we encourage you to go beyond just the self-soothing techniques and put in a little extra work to make sure you’re taking care of yourself.
Check out our article here about how you can find a little peace in the pandemic and how you can focus on your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Remember, cosmetology school is important—but with the state of the world, it doesn’t have to be the end all be all right this second. Put yourself and your health first.
Take Time to Understand Your Financial Options
If online courses, continued education, and business tutorials aren’t in the cards right now, that’s OK.
Remember, there’s no pressure for you to deal with the pandemic in any specific way. That being said, if you’re feeling the financial stressors of how this pandemic is playing out (and if you are, don’t be embarrassed, we’re all learning how to adjust and navigate our current reality), it’s important that you understand what your options are for financial assistance.
Check out our article here about Congress’ recently approved CARES Act and learn how it will benefit you or your business. Further, feel free to check out our article here about PBA’s COVID-19 relief fund.
No matter how you choose to invest your time right now, know this—COVID-19 will not end your cosmetology career before it starts. While things might be a little bit messed up and way delayed right now, we promise, eventually, things will change.
We may never go back to all-the-way-normal as we know it, but this will pass. And when it does, we know that you’ll be just as determined, focused, and ready to join the beauty world as you were before it started.
We believe in you—you got this!