Steps to Becoming a Self-Employed Hairdresser

How long have you been a hairdresser? Whether you have been working in salons for years and feel ready for a change or you recently passed your NVQs and want to take a leap of faith, becoming self-employed is an exciting opportunity.

Going solo can offer so many benefits for you, from the flexibility of being able to pick and choose your schedule to being able to build relationships with regular clients. While it may seem daunting to strike out on your own, you may be pleasantly surprised by how many people prefer to have their hair transformed in their own homes rather than in a salon.

If you are hoping to become a mobile hairdresser, here are the steps to follow to help you set up on your own.

Decide on Your Base
Mobile hairdressers can either set up in their own home, visit clients’ homes or rent a chair in a salon. There are pros and cons to each of these, so weigh them up carefully.

If you base your business at home, for example, you are never able to leave work. Should you opt to rent a chair, you are benefitting from being in a salon, but you will need to find some clients quickly in order to start paying for the chair.

Get Kitted Out
Make sure you have the highest-quality hairdressing tools so that you can do your job effectively. From combs and brushes to scissors and heated styling equipment, start shopping for every piece of kit you need to transform your clients’ locks.

You will also need to find a good stockist for hair dyes and bleaching products if you are offering a colour service. Suppliers such as Capital Hair and Beauty give you the opportunity to offer a range of shades, so you can buy some of the ones that your first few clients prefer and build from there.

Find Your Clients
Once you have the tools and know where you want to set up your stall, you will need to start building your client base. Get some business cards printed and start with people you know, such as friends and family. Ask them to share your business cards and post images of your handiwork to your social media channels.

Events such as birthdays, weddings and proms are great opportunities, too. Offering discounts for hen parties and promotions around summer holiday season can help build your reputation, especially if you can fit clients in at the last minute. Being known for being flexible will mean you are someone people will want to book when the salons are busy at the start of the Christmas break.

Work Out Your Taxes
As a self-employed hairdresser, you will need to pay taxes on your earnings. These include Income Tax and National Insurance. Register with HMRC and make sure you know which taxes must be paid.

Setting up on your own is an exciting way to style clients’ hair. Are you ready to take the plunge?

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