Regular guest Nick Berardi recently made another visit to the Glen Mills Barber Shop to offer valuable technique tips and savvy business advice to the students. Berardi is a well-respected businessman and higher end salon owner in Philadelphia.
“Haircutting is a universal skillset and you can make a living anywhere,” Berardi told the students in Jon Hicks’ Glen Mills Barber class.
However, he emphasized to the students that in order to elevate their earning potential, barbers and stylists need to learn how to create more custom haircuts, reach out to all cultures, expand their skillsets, and present themselves well. Among many other things, stylists and barbers must know the difference between a $10 haircut and a $50 haircut.
When that happens, bigger things come.
“Drop me anywhere in the world, and within thirty days I’ll have income, food, clothing and a place to sleep,” Berardi said…“There’s no limit, there’s really no ceiling to your income.”
Glen Mills student Gary Hendricks found Berardi’s visit to be impactful.
“That was great and it made me think a lot differently,” Hendricks said. “Mr. Berardi really explained that there’s more to the business than just cutting hair. It’s also about building your brand.”
Berardi explained that a lot of that brand building revolves around social media, including Instagram, Facebook, and websites.
Berardi, who counts Nic Grooming in Rittenhouse Square as one of his shops, enjoyed his visit.
“I loved it,” he said. “You can tell the kids are all about learning and really want to do well.”