How To Start Your Own Beauty Business
When you are a beauty therapist, everything you do is about making someone feel great and improve their wellbeing.
If this appeals, and if you are interested in or have skill in beauty, makeup, and the products that go into this area, then starting your own beauty business could be exactly the kind of work that would be great for you.
Starting your own beauty business is not something that everyone can do or should do, and it does require a lot of hard work and plenty of consideration, but if, once you have thought everything through, a beauty business still seems to be an excellent option, then there is no reason not to try. Everyone wants to look good and feel great, so finding customers is not too much of a problem for most; however, there are many other things you’ll need to put in place before you can get to the point of finding customers. Read on to find out what they are.
Before anything else, you need to get qualified in whatever area of beauty you intend to work in. Even if you already have plenty of skills because you have taught yourself, you will still need to attend a college or an online school to obtain professional qualifications. It’s true that this isn’t something that will show your specific skills as such, but it will help customers to trust you and know that you have put in the hard work required to get your qualification. Without such a certificate, you might find it hard to get customers, and you might find it hard to get funding or even insurance, all of which will play a part in your beauty business setup.
There are hundreds of different courses you can look into to get qualified for your beauty business. Some will even include an element of business administration or accounting or a similar subject, so if you have decided that you definitely want to open a beauty business, this kind of course will give you a good breakdown of how to do it.
Whether you’re opening your own salon, working from home in a treatment room, or visiting customers in their own homes, you’ll still need to have a variety of different legal documents in place before you can carry out any kind of beauty treatment on someone else, and that includes makeup.
Insurance is hugely important, but so is registering your business, getting your tax records straight, and ensuring that your hygiene standards are high (in some places, these will be checked randomly). You might feel more comfortable having a business lawyer help you because in this way, you won’t miss anything that could cause you to have to pay a hefty fine later on or even shut your business down for good.
However, if you don’t want to incur the cost of an attorney, there are plenty of other options available to get your taxes in order. One such option is investing in the best tax software, as it can help you manage your finances and file taxes quickly, conveniently, and accurately. This way, you can ease the stress of having to do everything manually and make sure that you’ve got all of your paperwork in order before you start working.
In fact, having someone to help you not just with the legal elements of your business but with your marketing, setting up your salon or store, and much more can also be useful. If you feel this would benefit you, retail consulting is the route to go down. Finding an expert in this area who can offer you sage advice about how to create the ideal retail area within your salon could be crucial, especially if you’ve never run a business before.
It might be that you have an idea in your head that you need to have a big business launch and proclaim your existence to the world, but this isn’t necessary (unless it’s something you really do want to do). You can just as easily – more easily, in fact – start small. Starting small means finding one or two clients to begin with, possibly through friends or family members, and then asking them to recommend you to others. In this way, you can slowly but surely build up your customer base. The more customers you see (and help positively), the more people they will recommend you to, and so your business should grow organically and exponentially. At that point, you might need a salon management system to avoid wasting time daily answering phone calls or emails to book your calendar.
Starting small also means that you don’t have to give up your current job. No matter how excited you are to begin your new beauty business, it’s a big leap to quit your job and hope that your business will sustain you and everything else it has to pay for. This is why if you can work on the beauty business on the side, you will be able to build it up until it’s big enough to pay you what you need, and at that point, you can quit your job without worrying that you’ll run out of money.
Build A Brand
Starting out, taking a DIY approach to designing a logo and a basic brand identity kit is a great way to stay on budget. It’s important that your brand communicates professionalism—something that often gets lost when non-designers try to create elaborate branding on their own. Instead, stick with a “black dress” design approach—aim for something simple and timeless.
Find a graphic designer friend who’s willing to help you out or try using a modern logo maker like Mojomox—an online app that lets you put together a unique mark based on custom logo fonts and professional color palettes in a few clicks.
Remember that brands get built over time—your founder story, your voice of tone, and brand consistency are important elements that make your brand memorable.
If you intend to have a business that lasts and grows, you’ll need to have a good brand behind you. When you have a brand you are happy with and proud of, you can use it to help with your marketing, plus it will make your business much more recognizable and memorable. Even if you aren’t opening a salon, you’ll still need to have a brand because this is much more than just a logo and a sign for your store; this is the very ethos of your business.
You can use your branding all over your website, social media, and any paperwork you have to give to customers (even if it’s digital). When you have a good brand that really stands out, and that shows exactly what you do as a business – and how you do it – you’ll find that people are a lot more likely to trust you. Plus, if it’s recognizable enough, clients will find you a lot more easily.
We’ve mentioned marketing several times now, and it genuinely is essential when you are starting a beauty business, or any kind of business, come to that. Even if you’re starting small, as we said, marketing is going to help you.
You can do a lot of your marketing yourself as long as you know who you are marketing to, which means carrying out enough market research. You need to determine the average age, gender, income, location, and anything else about the people who buy from you as possible. In that way, you can market directly to them, ensuring they feel seen and heard. If you do this, you can save a lot of money as you won’t be wasting your marketing budget advertising to people who have no interest in your services, and you can use it on the people who will be interested, securing more sales.