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Old 02-11-2011, 12:52 PM
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I am currently working as a barber in the Los Angeles area and really struggling financially. I have one of those basic middle class jobs. Here in LA I can make about $40K working full time at the barber shop. That is chicken feed in Southern California.

I would like to relocate. I have no family or close friends in LA and want to experience a new city. I can go pretty much anywhere there is hair that needs to be cut. I bet I could make $20K a year in some towns down south and have a higher standard of living than $40K in LA.

Help me decide, where is it really cheap to live but still a good place to be?
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:00 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
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Probably any city in the midwest other than Chicago.
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:27 PM
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Try a military town and in particularly if it is an area where there aren't many or any minority barbers. Soldiers need haircuts and you also have kids of military families that want to keep up with the trends. Fort Drum near Watertown NY is a good example of what I'm talking about and I even had a little hustle of cutting hair in my unit, because my dad was a professional barber and taught me how to cut hair. I'm talking about temple fades, waves, edge ups and so on. Cost of living in the Watertown area is average to below average. I know of a bunch of smaller cities in NY State where you could do well too. Small cities with colleges and noticeable to decent minority community could be somewhere you could make a killing in. Places like Cortland, Ithaca, Plattsburgh, Geneva, Oneonta, Elmira and maybe even Oswego too. Binghamton might be another area as well. Auburn and Rome come to mind too.
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:24 PM
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Probably Atlanta, because black womens hair is expensive to upkeep and Atlanta has tons of black housewives swimming in money that live to keep up with the Jones'.
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Old 03-18-2014, 03:54 PM
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if you ask so far ive been to a couple of different states doing hair i think the biggest quiestion to as is what are you willing to deal with been in the south atlanta texas and now mid west i really dont see the difference personnaly other than the pace of life and cost of living so far
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