Hair Stylist, Hairdressing or Barbers have a long history of having roots as home-based type services. It was common for people to gather and socialize at home while getting their hair cut and styled. For many this is how to get a hairdressing apprenticeship, they would learn from other family members and friends during social gatherings.
Many people will do this type of service as a business to earn extra money on top of their regular jobs. It offers flexibility to make your schedule; you decide when to have your clients come over to have their hair done.
Things to consider before starting
The practice of home-based service has declined due to many regulations that are present in many regions. Some areas make it almost impossible to meet all the regulations required to manage a hair stylist business from home.
Hairstyling establishments and Beauty Parlours are not fans of home-based businesses as they are considered to be a direct competition with less overhead. Rest assured the local businesses will ensure the regional regulations are met by those starting a home-based business. Fines for not having the appropriate requirements can be high.
Another deterrent is knowing what it takes to meet the regulatory requirements in the region. It can be expensive to set up this type of service in the home, and that the average fee for this service has only grown approx 5% over a 10 year period, compared to the average employment income increased 40% over the same period.
The hours also need to be considered, consisting mostly evenings and weekends. In some cases, these hours can be considered a positive for a stay at home mom, where the
spouse or another family member can tend to the children while she provides the hairdressing service.
Need to be realistic that you cannot pick this trade up by opening your doors to customers and start cutting and styling their hair the same day. Training and /or diploma? In the past, many came into the business by learning from another family member and slowly built up the skill over the years. More and more are getting a diploma and then training through a professional salon or beauty parlor.
Ready to Start
So you read the considerations above and feel that you can move forward with starting your hairstylist business in your home. What do you do now?
Let’s list what is required to get going
- Skill – You need to have the vocational diploma required and/ or the experience to provide hairdressing services at home without support.
- Customers – Do you have the clientele that you can bring with you or have people signed up, on the ready once you open your doors. Have pamphlets and cards at the ready. Most of your business will be by word of mouth as most regions do not allow for signage from a home based business.
- Permits and licenses – if you can’t get these then there is no reason to continue to any of the next steps, as you may face high fines if not a legitimate business.
- Taxes – will you need to pay income taxes? Do you need to charge service or sales taxes? These can vary by region and how much income you make.
- Insurance – check with your broker in regards to changes required and extra fees that may be added, they too will want to be sure you are legit as per item
- Space – Ideally, you would have space with a separate entrance or, at least, a space dedicated specifically to this service.
- Equipment – it is recommended to get items that provide flexibility and portability. Your business may change from one room to another over time, or you may decide also to provide a mobile service for those unable to get out of their homes. Having equipment that can be portable will help in the long run. You likely won’t need the top of the line, but I wouldn’t suggest getting just your regular day to day type of equipment. Having a chair that can be wheeled, but still offer the comfort required a foldable hooded hairdryer. Have all of your other items like curlers, shampoos, pins, rollers, dyes and all other related salon items in wheeled carts, so you can wheel them out of the way, make for easier cleaning, or able to put in the back of your vehicle if going mobile.
Examples of equipment required, at the cheapest prices at Amazon or eBay.
These are some of the main steps required to start your own hair stylist business at home. Statistics has shown that it is a popular startup business as the costs are relatively low compared to other businesses but keep in mind that the income growth over the years has remained low.
You also have the option to take your business mobile to those that are not able to leave their home, for those who are institutionalized or as a bridal hair stylist.
Another option includes renting a chair in an established salon, so you don’t need to check into all the regional regulations.
As with all business it is not always how much you make, most times it is how much you save; in money, in time and most importantly saving those extra moments with the family.
Although this type of business has proven to be a success to some friends and family of mine, I personally went in another direction for a home based business which you can read about here.
Best of Success!
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