Mobile hairdressing is great for people who have some experience and qualifications in hairdressing.
Not only does it offer plenty of flexibility with hours, it also allows you to charge what you want for your services. If you’re thinking about become a mobile hairdresser read our guide below on how to get started.
- What is a mobile hairdresser?
- Getting started
- What qualifications will I need?
- How much should I charge?
- Donna Grant founder of mobile hair and make-up business Beauty Angels
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Many mobile hairdressers provide services to regular customers in the client’s home and bring along the necessary supplies for the services. They’re mainly useful for working parents or busy business people (like Jasmine).
Mobile hairdressers are usually fully trained professionals and offer a flexible schedule which means it can be a great part-time money maker if you are a trained hairdresser and have a full-time job.
If you want to train be a mobile hairdresser you will need to follow the latest beauty trends and have a friendly, bubbly personality. Being sociable and having a good rapport with your clients is essential. You will also need …
- an organised approach as you will have to book appointments and turn up on time at a variety of different locations.
- Customer service and ‘people’ skills will also be important to enable you to talk to customers and find out what type of hair treatment they want.
- You also need to be physically fit, this can be a tiring job and you should be prepared to be on your feet all day.
The easiest way to find clients when starting out as a mobile hairdresser is to put the word about with family and friends to let them know that you will be available if they need your services.
Also ask them to recommend you to any of their friends. You might want to offer a family and friends a discount, to help encourage them to spread positive word of mouth about your business.
Also don’t forget that you will need to register with HMRC to let them know that you are self employed and will be submitting the details of your earnings through the self assessment process. See more information about being self-employed in this article.
As with most jobs in the beauty industry you will need some qualifications. Having a professional certificate will make your clients trust you and if you want to start a business it’s best to be as skilled as possible of course. When starting out as a mobile hairdresser you should ensure that you have the appropriate qualifications before practising any treatments. Here are a few course available…
- West Thames College London – West Thames College London offer full time, part time, or day hairdressing courses, as well as apprenticeships in hairdressing. For information about the cost of the course click here.
- Toni & Guy beginners course – Toni & Guy offer a variety of hairdressing courses all over the UK including a beginners course. The course is available as an NVQ and is recognised globally. See more here.
- The London Hair Academy – The London Hair Academy offers course at a wide range of levels including; beginners, intermediate and advanced. See their list of courses here.
When starting out it is best to find out what other hairdressers in the area are charging and offer either the same or slightly less to win customers.
Outside of London you could charge around £20-£25 for a basic hair cut and style and increase your prices as you business starts to grow. Central London prices are higher of course.
Offering discounts for multiple services such as a hair cut and colour is a good idea to boost your earnings. Creating a leaflet with all the services you offer and the prices you charge is a great way to market and promote yourself. Don’t forget to add all your contact details too.
Donna Grant is the founder and creative director of mobile hair and make-up business Beauty Angels:(www.bridal-hair-and-make-up.co.uk). We chatted to her about the ins and outs of running a mobile beauty business.
Tell us about your business.
“Beauty Angels was established in 2004. We specialise in hair and make-up for brides as well as TV, commercial and fashion shoots. I also work as a part-time make-up lecturer and trainer.”
Why did you choose to start a mobile business?
“Ultimately, it was my desire for professional freedom. I’ve always been passionate about hair and make-up. This led me to study fashion design for hair and make-up at the London College of Fashion. Afterwards, I worked in different sales and marketing roles, but always dreamt of running my own business. Nine years ago, with support from friends and family, I took the plunge.”
What were the main challenges when starting out?
“Starting your own business is like taking a step into the unknown. No matter how much advice and support you get, there are lots of areas where you have to learn as you go along. Keeping on top of finances is really difficult for anyone starting out in business, particularly if they are on the road a lot so stay on top of incoming and outgoing payments.”
Do you have any advice or recommendations for other mobile business owners?
“Make the most of any free support you can get and be as open-minded as possible when it comes to new opportunities and inspiration. Do not be afraid to seek advice. I have benefitted from advice from a dedicated small business coach, who advised me on some of the essentials in starting up my own business. My small business advisor was allocated by the Job Centre and he was fantastic, as were the friends and family who pitched in to help me keep my start-up costs down.
“You also need to learn to keep your business head on at all times. Working in the hair and beauty industry you develop a real rapport with clients: it’s a very personal service. However, sometimes the payment side of things can feel awkward and it’s tempting to compromise on price.
What are your plans for the future?
“Now that we’ve found our feet with the financial side, we’ve been working with our accountant to look at ways to build not only profitability but also the brand as a whole. I think there’s a lot of potential in the mobile business model, so I’m exploring franchise and training options.”
For more top tips on starting a mobile business click here.