Being self-employed is a dream for many, and it seems numerous people in the UK are taking the plunge at the moment.
If youâ€™ve been thinking about doing it, hairdressing is a great career path to go down, which affords self-employment. If youâ€™re thinking of doing this, weâ€™ve listed a few things you need to know, below.
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Things you need to know as a self-employed hairdresser
The first thing youâ€™ll need as a self-employed hairdresser is an array of accessories to ensure you can do an effective job. These items include:
- Range of scissors
- Hairdressing clips
- Powerful hairdryer
- Hair clippers
- Curling iron
- Salon-style straighteners
- Hair products such as shampoo, conditioner, styling products, bleach, colors, etc.
- Salon quality towels
- Mixing bowls and brushes
All of these will need to be both professional and salon-quality, as investing in high-quality tools will give you instant confidence when it comes to doing your job.
Mobile v salon
When it comes to being a self-employed hairdresser, there are different choices you could make. These are:
- Mobile â€“ this is when you go to and from clientâ€™s houses to do your job
- Salon â€“ this is where you open up your own salon and operate a business
Obviously, each one comes with its pros and cons. So, if youâ€™re not sure which one youâ€™d be suited to, weâ€™ve highlighted the pros and cons below.
- Travel â€“ youâ€™ll always be out and about, as your work wonâ€™t be confined to one room
- Personable â€“ youâ€™ll get to know each client on a more personal level due to the nature of the job
- Flexibility â€“ you wonâ€™t need to open up and close a shop, so your working hours are yours to choose
- Low overheads â€“ as you wonâ€™t have a building to pay for, youâ€™ll automatically save on rent, gas, electric etc.
- Driving â€“ Driving a lot can add stress, especially if traffic is bad, which could have a knock-on effect for clients
- Staff â€“ or lack of it, meaning youâ€™ll have to do every aspect of the job yourself
- Workload â€“ while youâ€™ll have busy periods, youâ€™ll also have quiet ones, so youâ€™ll need to prepare for this.
- Walk-ins â€“ youâ€™ll always have the chance to make new clients and get additional business with walk-in appointments
- Expansion â€“ as your client base and brand name builds, there may be the chance to expand your business
- Costs â€“ obviously, aside from rent etc, youâ€™ll have start-up costs, which can be very pricey
- Limitations â€“ This will depend on where you set-up, as youâ€™ll mostly be limited to your area, which depending on its size and the competition, could be good or bad
- Flexibility â€“ youâ€™ll have to have set times, meaning youâ€™ll probably have to stick to the regular 9 â€“ 5
Finally, donâ€™t forget insurance to ensure that both you and your clients are covered. Aside from business insurance, if you open a salon or not, you should also look into the following:
- Business equipment cover
- Public liability insurance
- Employersâ€™ liability insurance
- Personal accident insurance
- Business legal protection
Of course, there are other things to consider too, such as how much youâ€™ll charge, but if youâ€™ve always wanted to be self-employed, this handy list should help you on your way.
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