Hairdressing is a fantastic career where you get to meet and talk to lots of people, express your creativity, and make your clients feel fantastic. Whether that feeling is delivered in a salon environment by performing a day to day cut and blow dry, or practiced after acquiring the knowledge to perfect somebody’s hairstyle for the big day in a mobile setting, the opportunities for versatility in a profession are endless.
There are definitely some great advantages to starting out as a mobile hairdresser, but like any industry however, there are also some drawbacks that are worth thinking about before you take the plunge. Here we take a look at what you should think about if you are deciding whether or not mobile hairdressing is the right career for you.
Being Your Own Boss
Even though you’ll be working by yourself, becoming a mobile hairdresser is effectively starting your own business which has all of the pros and cons associated with any kind of small business venture. While you won’t have to worry about aspects such as pleasing your boss and working your way up in a company, you will find you have to handle all of the money and logistics of taking care of your customers yourself.
You also won’t have access to any further training without paying for it, unlike in a salon where you can learn from other people you work with or sign up to courses that your company pays for. Yet, if you are confident in your skills and don’t mind putting in the work to promote your new business and win clients, you will enjoy the fact that you can take all of the profits for yourself, and the credit for the great work you do!
Managing expenses and supplies is very important when you are a mobile hairdresser, as you will have to take everything with you when you go to each appointment rather than having a full salon full of styling tools, hair treatments and colour preparations to use. It will be worth considering what services you will offer, as obviously cutting or formal styling requires far less in terms of materials you need to keep in stock than being a colourist. Consider what you’ll need in your basic toolkit and then be sure you are happy choosing the different types of colour and perming chemicals if your client requests them.
As a mobile hairdresser, you do need your own transport, as trying to find locations using public transport with all your equipment can be a nightmare. If you live in a small residential area and only plan to serve local people you might get away with it, but in general a car is a necessity.
If you have considered all of these things and are happy with them, then why not get started planning for your new mobile hairdressing business?