Courses and Careers: The Smartest Moves in the Beauty Industry


The beauty industry is going through a very positive spell globally. Given the fact that it’s also largely unregulated, it’s becoming increasingly easy for unqualified practitioners to start their own beauty businesses without much of a qualification.

Deregulation stems from the fact that most non-surgical cosmetic treatments are unlikely to have a permanent impact on the patient’s health, yet it still pays to obtain a qualification. Without one you will struggle to obtain an insurance when opening up your own salon and you won’t be able to join a professional trade association. And the more qualifications you own, the more clients you’ll get and the higher they’ll pay.

Laser technique is where the big bucks are in this industry, so starting a course in this area could be a very wise way to kick off your career.  More specifically, here three areas you might consider specialising in.

Hair removal

Laser hair removal targets the base of the follicle and it can take 4 to 6 sessions for it to work satisfactorily, with costs varying between £100 and £300 per session.

It is one of the most popular and advanced techniques and it can be a little tricky to master, especially since bad handling can have disastrous consequences on the skin.

It’s therefore strongly recommended to think about learning the tricks of the trade before setting up a business or adding the service onto your price list. Enquire about your chosen course and make sure they are up to date with the latest techniques. Your certificate will take pride of place on your salon’s wall and act in your favour in case you ever need to call the insurance company following a painful or unsightly skin reaction that was caused by bad practice.

Tattoo removal

Tattoos have been enjoying their time in the spotlight for a few years now, and as a direct consequence the number of poorly made and embarrassing tattoos also keep rising.

The tattoo removal business owes much to such situation, with laser being the only technique that doesn’t damage the skin in the process. This rather clever treatment works by warming up the tattoo’s pigments until they disintegrate. The body then gets rid of the microparticles by itself.

Since colours such as green, turquoise blue and yellow are notoriously very hard to erase, it can take between 6 and 40 sessions to do the job, which means this is also a very profitable sector.

In both the UK and the US you’re not required to be a dermatologist to start a business in this sector, so look out for a number of in-depth courses that give you all the practical knowledge needed to kick off a successful career in tattoo removal.

Skin resurfacing

For this very popular cosmetic procedure, a laser is used to combat wrinkles, acne and age spots. It has been getting a bit of a bad name  in recent years, with cases of really strong customer complaints. The best way to avoid such issues and protect both your business and your patients would be to attend a recognised course. Current UK regulation requires you to become a cosmetic professional or doctor before specialising in skin resurfacing. If you would like to follow a quicker path instead, you will find it easier to attend courses and train to use lower powered laser machines.

Five Questions to Ask When Looking to Purchase HR Software


When you are looking to purchase some practical HR software for your business, it can seem as if there are hundreds of options to choose from, and this can make it difficult to know where to start. In order to help you narrow your search down, there are certain questions that you should ask of the provider of the software. Let’s take a look:

  • Will the software grow with the company?

If you have plans to expand your business in the near future, then you will want to know that you will still be able to use the software as your business grows. You should check that the software will be able to work to the extra capacity when needed, and that you won’t incur any extra expense if you need to upgrade your system. Also, if any customisation will be needed, ensure that this won’t cause any extra disruption to your business if the systems need to go down for a period.

  • Is it compatible with existing systems?

If you are going to be running the HR software alongside your existing systems, then you need to make sure that the software is compatible with these systems. This means that you will not experience too much disruption once your HR software is installed and that you should be able to use it immediately alongside your existing systems.

  • Are there any additional costs?

It is always worth finding out what things are included in the price of the software and what you will be charged extra for. It is unusual for suppliers to charge for software updates, but you don’t want to be caught out if this is the case. If the supplier offers regular maintenance, check that this is included in the price and that you be charged extra for it. There may be some services that you are happy to pay extra for, but it never hurts to find out exactly what it is you are paying for.

  • Are updates provided as they become available?

Ideally you will want to receive any updates to the software as soon as they become available. This is standard practice for most suppliers, but some will only release updates when a problem has been reported. This is something that is always worth finding out because you don’t want to be waiting around for updates that could make the running of your business easier, especially if another supplier would provide updates immediately.

  • Can the supplier provide references?

You should always look for references from businesses that are in the same industry as you, and those that are a similar size. This will give you an accurate idea of how well the software will work for you. These references may also provide information not just on how well the software works, but also how well the supplier deals with their customers. Choosing a supplier based solely on what they say they can deliver may lead to difficulties if they do not do as they promised, and getting references can help you to avoid this happening.

Even if you have a particular provider in mind, then asking these questions can help ensure that you make the right choice. It may even lead you to find software that you had not previously considered, but that is actually the perfect fit for your business.

What To Do About A Possible Negative Job Reference

What To Do About A Possible Negative Job ReferenceThe other day I received an interesting email from a reader.

They are attempting to increase their income by seeking out a better position, but they are afraid of what their current employer will do. This reader knows that their current boss won’t let them go easily, and the reader is afraid of what their employer will say to potential new companies when they call for reference checks.

This is a sticky situation.

If you haven’t done anything wrong and you are just dealing with a spiteful employer, then you might feel helpless and stuck.

Many are usually very confused when it comes to bad references. Many think that an employer is not allowed to say anything about a previous employee except for positive things, but that is not true.

Sure there are situations where an employer may be out of line and could possibly be sued, but if something is proved to be a fact then in many cases they can state that fact, whether it be negative or positive, to a new potential employer.

Will you receive a bad reference?

Some employers won’t say anything negative about an employee as to avoid any potential conflict or lawsuit. So, even if you believe that something may be brought up, even if it’s real or fake, sometimes nothing will come of it.

However, if you are sure they will say something, then read the tips below.

Don’t include that person as a reference.

If you are afraid of what someone may possibly say about you, then you shouldn’t use that reference. It’s really that simple. Just skip over that person and see if someone else at the company will give you a positive review.

If that doesn’t work, then you may need to take that entire company off of your resume. While it may show a gap, that is much better than them saying something horrible about you that will cost you the job anyways.

Talk to the reference.

If you must use a reference, then you should talk to them about what they should say during a possible reference check. When asking, you should always be polite, of course.

You should ask if an agreement can be created so that you cannot be prevented from earning interviews.

If that doesn’t help and you know the reference is lying, then you should contact someone higher up than them. Contact their boss or the HR office at the company and see what can be done.

Have you ever received a negative job reference? What did you do?