Tell me more…
Do you enjoy working with people and have an interest in beauty? Then you might like…
- Beauty therapy
- Spray tanning
- Manicure and pedicure
What are the benefits?
You can work as many hours as you want. Some clients may actually prefer you to work in the evenings and at weekends, which can fit well around a family.
If you’ve always had a passion for beauty, this could be your chance to turn it into a career.
Things to consider…
- You can work from home, visit your clients in their homes or hire a room, e.g. in a hairdressing salon – or a combination of all three. If you rent a room, you will still need to market your services. The centre or salon owner may help you to do this, but on its own this will not be enough to bring you a steady stream of clients.
- Marketing methods that work well for this type of business are either word-of-mouth or ‘taster’ sessions. There’s nothing like a referral from a happy customer or a chance to demonstrate how good you are.
- It’s a good idea to have a website listing your services, but this needn’t cost as much as you think. Health Hosts have website packages for therapists that start at £4.95 per month.
- You might like to consider packaging your services, for example a bridal package that gives the bride-to-be all the treatments she needs to look fabulous on her big day. Perhaps you could offer a mum-to-be package for pregnant clients or even a ‘fabulous over 50’ package. Other possibilities are offering pampering parties or hen nights.
- If you’re working from home, check with your local authority’s environmental health department as they may need to inspect your working area. Don’t forget to inform your home insurance company that you’re running a business from home. You’ll also need to consider the implications of bringing clients to your home. Do clients need to walk through your home to reach your treatment room? If so, will you be able to maintain a professional image with children around? Even if you work evenings when they are in bed, you may still have to deal with the mess they leave behind!
- Make sure you have adequate insurance for the services you’re providing.
- ITEC offers a range of beauty therapy qualifications plus a new business qualification.
- Check out your local college for courses.
- Healthy Pages has a list of courses and a forum covering a wide range of therapies.
Not convinced that being a Beauty Therapist is for you? Take a look at other business ideas for mums.