This post is directed to all of those professionals that are miserably living dual lives. You know who you are.

You’re a nail technician, but you’re also a waitress at a diner.
You’re a hairdresser, but you’re also a receptionist at a car dealership.
You’re an extremely talented makeup artist, but you’re also an account manager at a property management company (I’m looking at you, Cyn).

You want to make your passion your career but you’re scared. Scared of going broke, scared of the struggle, scared of failing.

Stop being scared. End your “other life.”

But don’t do it today. Set a date in the next 60 days to kill the “other” you and become the you that you want to be.

The best way to avoid failure is to set money aside and make a solid plan. 
* Ramp up your marketing & networking efforts so you can afford to work in your chosen field full time.
* Spend an hour or two every day learning how to do something new that could give you an edge on your competition. NailPro just published an article about how YouTube, Pinterest, and the multitude of beauty blogs have made learning new techniques as simple as clicking a few links. Professionals no longer have an excuse to be behind the times in the latest trends because everything you need is right on the internet.
* Evaluate your finances. How much money do you need to live? You need to figure out your “bare minimum.” This means calculating how much you pay for food, housing, transportation, and other necessities. Let’s be clear, a $100 per month smart phone bill is not a “necessity” when there are providers out there like MetroPCS that provide unlimited everything for $40 or $50 a month. So look for creative ways to cut down your bills if you have to. Once you have your “bare minimum” number, you can figure out how many services you would have to do at your current prices at your current compensation rate to survive. If the numbers don’t add up, consider raising your service prices or asking for a higher compensation rate (or both).

There’s no reason to be miserable working a second job that you hate. Put yourself all in, commit to your passion, and you won’t fail.

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Beauty industry survivalist, salon crisis interventionist, tactical verb-weapon specialist, and the leader of at least a hundred workplace revolutions, Tina Alberino is known as much for her extensive knowledge as for her sarcastic wit and mercilessly straightforward style. She’s the author of the book The Beauty Industry Survival Guide and the blog This Ugly Beauty Business. When she’s not writing, educating, or consulting, she can be found overthinking everything, identifying problems people didn’t know existed, and stubbornly working to change the things she cannot accept.


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