A FULL-TIME dental hygienist started earning $7,200 a month from a side hustle that has since become her full-time job.
After just three months balancing the two jobs, Erin Jump decided to take a chance by quitting her full-time job and starting her own permanent makeup application business at just 25 years old.
She founded Columbus Cosmetic Ink and now applies semi-permanent makeup for a living.
Jump, had an annual salary of $34,500 at his marketing coordination job for a dental practice, according to CNBC.
She started to really notice the eyebrows of dental patients during the pandemic when people’s faces were obscured by masks.
Jump began to “read people’s emotions, especially through their eyes and eyebrows”.
This was the catalyst for her research into microblading, or semi-permanent cosmetic eyebrow tattooing.
Jump went to class to learn the technique and practiced for months at a time.
From her hobby, she began “seeing five clients a week” and “earning at least $7,200 a month.”
During her third month doing both gigs, she quit her job at the dentist to pursue her full-time side business.
She estimated her current monthly income at $8,750 including her tips, which would be “triple” her dental office income.
For those who want to follow in her footsteps, Jump has a few tips she recommends.
First, a business plan is essential. “You don’t need a degree to make one,” she said.
This plan should focus on key elements such as customer demand, start-up costs, expected revenue, marketing ideas, business competitors, and trends.
“Taking my full-time side was a risk, but having this business plan has helped me feel more confident and prepared,” Jump wrote.
Taking my full-time side was a risk, but having this business plan helped me feel more confident and prepared.
Another thing that new start-ups should focus on is getting started working for free.
“I knew I was a talented microblading artist, but other people didn’t know that,” she said.
“So to gain their trust in my craft, I needed to build a portfolio.”
If you can work for free, Jump highly recommends it — but you can also charge a small fee for your product or service, just to cover necessary costs.
When its customer backlog was full, that’s when Jump finally started charging premium prices to its customers.
Inevitably, times can get tough when you’re running your own business, and Skip says loving what you do — and constantly striving to improve — makes all the difference.
“I’ve always been enthusiastic about all things beauty. Even when I was in college I was a freelance makeup artist,” she wrote.
“My clients are the main reason I look forward to going to work every day. Believe it or not, great brows can give you confidence and change your life.”
Hoping for the best, but expecting and planning for the worst can also make or break a business dream.
“When I had my full-time job at a dental office — and Columbus Cosmetic Ink was still a side hustle — I worked 60 to 70 hours a week,” she recalls.
“Sometimes I had to sacrifice my social life, my sleep, my lunch breaks and my hobbies,” Jump said.
Considerable savings by cutting down on expensive takeout and shopping trips also helped her achieve her entrepreneurial dream.
Still, Jump firmly believes that with enough motivation and willpower, anyone can achieve their dream.
“For me, the bright side of the pandemic is that it made me realize that life is too short not to do something just because it ‘feels like a lot of work’.
“Sometimes you can’t just wait for an opportunity to present itself, you have to create it.”