Am I too old?

#1
I’m the Wrong side 45 but really want to retrain in basic Beauty therapy. A few NVQ/ITEC providers near me providing fastrack training.
Possibly then looking at starting a home salon as have the space and possibility of fitting work around kids.

Am I being mad?? Can a level 2 equip me with enough basic skills to start? What haven’t I considered about retraining at this stage of life?

Many thanks
 

#2
Absolutely not! you go get those exams and training. I myself am almost 50years old, I went back to college just over 2 years ago, I did my level 2 and then level 3 on evening courses, It was the best thing I have ever done for myself, I was terrified it's true, and I found I was better at some treatments and not so good at others :p but I finally found something I absolutely Love doing, I love my clients I love everything about it I found myself at last I found my calling HAHAHAHA! I am now doing hairdressing to close the circle. My tutors were fantastic and so supportive they worked hard to make sure we all achieved our best, I loved all the girls on the course, the whole experience changed my life.
Your Never too old ! YOLO go for it and best of luck XXX
 

#3
Oh my goodness Hope. sounds like I’ve found my tribe! Thank you so much for replying. Can I ask do you work in a salon or are you home based? So many questions
 

ReVivebeauty

Active Member
#4
I was 46 when I started my ITEC Beauty Specialist course doing evening classes and the following year did the ITEC Holistic Massage. I've added other qualifications along the way and I'm now 59! I have had my own Home Salon for the past 11 years and run a very busy practice. I really enjoy what I do...you are never too old ! :)
 

ElisabethJ

New Member
#5
Thank you ReVive! Did you start out in a salon first?
 

#6
Oh my goodness Hope. sounds like I’ve found my tribe! Thank you so much for replying. Can I ask do you work in a salon or are you home based? So many questions
I work from home, saving for a little unit in the garden, I work the school hours currently which means no noise or intrusions :) its surprising how busy one can get working from a tiny room in the corner of ones home :p X
 

ElisabethJ

New Member
#7
This all sounds really positive. If I intend to work for myself does it matter whether I take NVQ, VTCT or ITEC exams? VCTC seems more accessible where I live
 

ElisabethJ

New Member
#8
Ok so after more research appears VTCT is the awarding body rather than qualification? ‍♀️
 

#9

TheDuchess

Well-Known Member
#10
Hi Elizabeth, you have indeed found your tribe. I trained at 47. I did a CIBTAC qualification which included 10 weeks full-time placement in a busy Salon. I did free reception work for a therapist that I wanted to work with and quickly learnt the therapist ropes. I built up a column on a self employed basis as I trained. The therapist that I worked with, only worked a couple of days a week, so I rented the room on the other days of the week and built my business from there.

By the time I qualified I was employing part-time staff to help me and I built my salon business from there. I agree that working from home is by far the best financial deal - paying commercial rent is a mugs game. I've had to work for nothing and mortgage my house to establish a high street salon to be proud of. Meanwhile my daughter has opened a home based part time salon with a loan of £2500 from me. She has a full time job and has taken over £1000 in her first 9 weeks, working in her spare time.

Al the qualifications that you have mentioned are good. Have a hunt through the threads, you'll find that there are loads of older trained successful therapists loving their change of career path.

Good luck
 
#11
I retrained at 45 don’t regret it at all. X
 

Beautiful-you

Well-Known Member
#12
Me too! I re-trained at 48, went back to college to do Level 3 Beauty Therapy and Nail enhancements (vtct) and I loved every minute! I was the oldest in the class, but that didn't bother me and I was even awarded Level 3 Beauty Therapist of the year! (I don't think I would have achieved that had I gone to college straight from school!)

I chose not to build my experience in a salon as I'll be honest, I know my speeds weren't (and still aren't) up to salon standards and I didn't want the stress and pressure of having to meet those expectations at my age! I've been fortunate that I was able to set up from home and initially keep my part time job whilst I built up my experience and client base. I then took voluntary redundancy in October 2017 and now just do beauty and nail treatments from our converted garage. My daughter has now joined me. (She has her own makeup and treatment studio attached to my salon). We both love working from home and ha e no regrets :)

You're never too old to follow your dream! There's plenty of us "mature" therapists out there!
 

JanVenus

Active Member
#13
I decided to train as a beauty therapist at 40, until that point I'd been plugging away in retail. I think my life experience has made me a better therapist.
 

ReVivebeauty

Active Member
#14

Lizziefin

New Member
#15
I trained at 38. Now I’m 58. Got a years experience at a salon then worked from home for 2 years. I’ve rented a room in a hairdressers for the last 17years. Best thing I’ve ever done. Only negative aspect is really look after your health especially your back if you are massaging and waxing. As I’m getting older I’ve adapted how I work or else lots of pain
 

CFBS

Well-Known Member
#16
There are a great many clients out there who prefer a mature therapist.
If I had a pound for every client who said they came to me because they didn't want a young girl ............(obviously I must look way over the hill :rolleyes: o_O )
 

Maria1705

New Member
#17
Hi

Can I ask you some advice please? I retrained when I was 47 and now city & guilds qualified level 2 & 3. I have decorated my spare room as a treatment room and I'm really pleased with the results. How do you think it's best to attract clients , leaflets, Facebook, Instagram etc? I live by myself so no interruptions and really flexible re hours I can work.

I am in particular interested in the older clients as do feel sometimes they miss the opportunity of treatments due to some of the trendy salons can sometimes put them off. I have extensive customer service skills and really am passionate about providing a first class service . I'm just really concerned how to get customers interested to begin with

Any advise much appreciated

Thanks
 

cooey

New Member
#18
Hi, when I first started out, I leaflet dropped all the local streets, and that kick started a few regulars for me, and costs hardly anything. I would use Facebook too, to get the word out. Now I have salon premises in a village, by far the best method for us is using Google AdWords, which my husband manages. It brings in new clients from further afield who never would have found us otherwise as the salon is tucked away. I advertise in the local village newsletters, pretty cheap to do too, and works, if I get one client it's paid for & worth it!get a loyalty card scheme ( £5 off 10th treatment for example) and recommend a friend (£5 off for client and friend when they come) . Hope that helps! Good luck, it won't happen overnight just persevere and keep at it X
 

Maria1705

New Member
#19
Hi, when I first started out, I leaflet dropped all the local streets, and that kick started a few regulars for me, and costs hardly anything. I would use Facebook too, to get the word out. Now I have salon premises in a village, by far the best method for us is using Google AdWords, which my husband manages. It brings in new clients from further afield who never would have found us otherwise as the salon is tucked away. I advertise in the local village newsletters, pretty cheap to do too, and works, if I get one client it's paid for & worth it!get a loyalty card scheme ( £5 off 10th treatment for example) and recommend a friend (£5 off for client and friend when they come) . Hope that helps! Good luck, it won't happen overnight just persevere and keep at it X
Thank you so much for your response..I do hope to do loyalty cards & yes love the idea of introduce a friend . It's hard as I only have myself financially to depend on but 100"% want this. Worked in local government for 26 years in local tax and completely done me in at the end.
 

cooey

New Member
#20
Thank you so much for your response..I do hope to do loyalty cards & yes love the idea of introduce a friend . It's hard as I only have myself financially to depend on but 100"% want this. Worked in local government for 26 years in local tax and completely done me in at the end.
You're never too old, all you need is passion and determination, and that will take u a long way. I am stubborn, and that has stood me in good stead when I could have quit when things were tough, but I was determined & too proud to do that! I started out of my mum's front room, nothing fancy at all but if you're good at what u do, u can make it work. You don't need to buy the most expensive products to start with, just get going with what u can afford, & your skills will shine through.x
 
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