Just thought that you should know that not all barber shops are doing good in this down economy. My father and I own our own barber shop in beautiful historic downtown Van Buren, Arkansas and our shop has been there for 75 years. Now granted, we haven't owned it that whole time but we have seen our clientele dwindle down to about 1/4 of the business we had just last year. Of course, we live in an area of the country where people are pretty cheap and will just as soon go to Walmart and buy their own clippers and cut their own hair. There really isn't any real loyalty these days to barbers (especially when it comes to men). Men generally don't make appointments and are only interested in coming into a barber shop when they have the time. Our clientele base is 99% men, so we don't provide chemical services and that probably doesn't help. What gets me is, we never have and we've always made great money. Upwards of $700-$800 per person every week but we are lucky to make $200 a week right now and we haven't changed our prices in three years. $14.00 for a regular man's cut. So our customers have decided to not come back and we don't know why. The one's who are still coming in also can't understand why others are not coming back Customers that we have had for many many years aren't even coming back. We see them out at dinner and around town and you can tell that they are cutting their own hair. We don't do female hair so we don't reap the rewards of chemical services which puts us in a really bad position these days. We will probably have to close by the end of this year. I would simply tell you to either open a barber shop in a good location in a large city or be sure to provide all salon-type services to all sexes in your shop. Good luck out there!