“If you’re looking for a way to spice up your life, you might want to consider a barbership,” says the man behind the barbershops in the Netherlands.
He’s not the only one thinking of a change of scenery.
“The internet has really changed our lives and it has changed our lifestyle,” he tells Newsweek.
And, with a little bit of imagination, a whole lot of barbers, barbers at the local coffee shop, even barbers in the hospital can make a living out of their work.
The barbers of Barbershop 1st, which opened in the Dutch town of Nijmegen in April, are one of many barbers who have made a living from the internet and social media.
They make a profit by sharing their services with the public.
But the barber’s dream has been a long time coming, says the barista.
“My father was a barber and I really wanted to become one,” he says.
He first learned about the internet from his friend, who worked as a barista at a local cafe.
The man told him about an online barbershare.
He bought an internet router and installed it on his house.
Soon after, he started creating barberships on the internet.
“I started making them, and I got a lot of requests from people,” he said.
He says that he makes about €500 a month, or around €10,000 a year.
“And it’s not easy.
There are a lot more people online than there are in bars.
People need to be in touch to do the work.”
Barbershops are an increasingly popular way of getting online and online-based services.
They can also offer a different kind of experience, like catering.
“You can create a menu with your own ingredients, make it unique, add your own signature flavour,” says Jeroen van der Veer, a barbecuer from the Netherlands who works in Belgium.
“People have really embraced barbers,” he adds.
But barbers are not just interested in making money.
Some barbers say they also like to help people in need, like in the case of an elderly person who is in a wheelchair or someone who needs to see a doctor.
“When you’re making a lot from a bar you also have to think about the wellbeing of the people you work with,” says van der Vere.
“This is not something we take lightly.”