I did my first paying client a couple of days after my 4 day Foundation training. She was working in Tescos and asked where I had my nails done - I told her I was a nail technician and did my own nails - she asked if I was really busy - I gave her a business card and asked her to call me and I would check my diary.
That was in Feb 2001. During that same year I did a couple of one to one days with other trainers. I try and do some training each year.
No I haven't done my NVQ. The two courses I did were conversion courses to give me options of other product lines - I like to try and do training on the products I use.
I did a manicure and pedicure course at college for 4 months, then Jessica training. I wanted only to do manicures as a business but unfortunately it is still seen as a luxury and a treat rather than something you do regularly
I dont do pedicures as I dont like feet - but that was another topic lol.