If you enjoy improving the look of customers, you'll like working at home as a hairdresser. Don't think that all of your potential clients want to go to salons to get their hair done. If they are, it could be because you haven't got your business started yet. Many clients would like the intimacy and comfort of getting their hair done in a home. You can meet that need in your local community.
Education and Training
Cutting and styling hair is a work or art, but it also requires technical skills. You need to know what you're doing, and that can only come with training, education and practice. The educational requirement is a degree from a cosmetology school, which includes a certain number of hours working with hair. Some states may allow you to complete an apprenticeship program in lieu of attending cosmetology school in order to obtain a license. Your state will require you to pass a state exam prior to obtaining a license before you can work as a hairdresser. Once you get started, you'll want to keep up with trends in the industry, and there are web based training courses for hairdressers that will help you improve your skills and compete with area salons.
The average salary for a hairdresser is just over $23,000. There are ways to boost that income if you need to. For example, you can sell some of the products you use to customers, such as shampoos or styling gels. You can make money by sharing your knowledge online, through seminars, training courses or by writing and selling your own book. Think of the other skill sets that you possess and how they can benefit your business as a hairdresser.
A financially disorganized hairdresser will lose money in business and miss out on tax savings. When starting out, you'll need to get a bookkeeping system put into place. If you can afford to hire a bookkeeper for a few hours each month, then you should consider it. You'll need to keep track of how much you make daily and record invoice payments.
You need to be the "go to" hairdresser for a specialty, in addition to offering general services. The sooner you can establish yourself as the expert of something, the easier it will be to soar above your competitors. Some ideas for a specialty include:
- Wedding hair stylist
- Hair stylist for specific ethnic groups, such as black women's hair
- Braiding hair
- Men's hair cutting and styling
- Styling hair for busy moms
Make sure that you are an expert before you call yourself one. You should have customers who can vouch for your work. The quickest way to ruin your business as a hairdresser is to ruin your reputation as a result of doing a poor job.
You don't have to work in a salon to succeed as a hairdresser. Many work-at-home moms have proven that this is a home business idea that can be done.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business.