Being a nail tech is a great career choice. The pay is good, the hours are flexible, and you get to create artwork while making people feel beautiful. Some days, you’ll feel like you never even went to work because you spent the whole day with friends. But you should know there’s a catch: All of these great things are true eventually. But at first, the hours are long, your work isn’t that beautiful, and you don’t know clients well enough to call them friends. But if you put in the time and do the hard work, if you listen and learn from those who are already successful, and if you continue to find ways to serve your clients, you’ll find being a nail tech is an incredibly gratifying career. This handout, intended for nail students and newbie nail techs, tells it like it is, with advice from those who've been there on how to create your own success and provides a list of things you may not have realized about the job.