Being a mobile beautician is a great way to build up your confidence and experience. However, in some cases, it may not be a great platform for starting your business. So I have put together some points to consider for before, during and after your mobile journey.
When I speak to other beauticians we all can agree that clients very rarely move with you when you set up in a salon. They tend to be quite stubborn and just expect you to keep going to their homes regardless of your new premises. When I take on new staff I like to make sure that they have an existing (non-mobile) clientele. This is because mobile clients tend to refuse to come to a salon so they still have to travel at night and often end up leaving the salon to tend to their stubborn mobile client’s needs.
Becoming A Mobile Beautician.
- After qualifying, start in an area that is away from where you are planning on eventually setting up your actual base or business. Should you have any issues it won’t tarnish your reputation for the future when you set up in a shop.
- If you find yourself building a mobile clientele, ask your clients if they will move to the salon with you before committing to staying in that are.
- Stick to your guns – if you’re paying for a space to rent. They must come to you or they will always expect you to go to them.
- Allow extra time. Clients feel like you have all of the time in the world when you visit them, so they might want to do the washing and food during the appointment.
- Don’t travel with valuable stock. Some clients may have messy homes, pets and children and it is very awkward to tell them to leave your stuff alone.
- Remember you are building your confidence, speed and experience rather than clientele at this point.
- Some times having a no-show can be frustrating, but it is even worse if you travelled and wasted your time and fuel money and they forget the appointment. As a solution, start sending reminder texts. They can then let you know if they can or can’t make the appointment, this also makes it less awkward for them if they want to reschedule.
- Sometimes you may also work from a messy home so you’ll need extra time to tidy and organise your space.
- Safety first. Make sure someone knows where you are going, and set up an alert should any problems arise. I used to set up a code word; if I didn’t want to do a client or if I felt uncomfortable I would send a blank message for them to know to call me, then say the word so they could make an excuse over the phone for me to leave.
- Charge accordingly. Remember you still have to make a living, so take into account that you need to cover your stock, time and fuel.
- Don’t undercharge. Once clients get used to paying little, you attract similar clients and it will make it harder to try charging more in the future. Also, ask yourself if the clients you want are going to be those who are happily underpaying you, personally I found you begin hating your job if there is no living or reward to be made.
- Be friendly, and work professionally like you’re based in a salon.
- Practise on friends and family but know your limits and boundaries. Everyone needs to learn, but everyone needs to be paid too.
- Don’t do “mates rates” you’ll never get out of this one and they could potentially use uptime of a full paying customer.
- Make sure you are fully qualified and insured. If you ruin the carpet or table with hair dye or acetone you are liable. Also, it protects yourself and your own equipment.
Why I Stopped Mobile Visits.
Being mobile is a great way to gain experience but use it for this use only. From my experience, it’s hard to make a living once you take travel and time into consideration.
Don’t be disappointed if your clients won’t move with you. At least you have gained enough experience to be able to build in a new fabulous salon. Use your mobile visits as the learning curve.
“Oh was it today? I’m so sorry I forgot”
“Set up your stuff I’m just putting the washing on”
“Can I touch the pans with my nails like this I just need check the veg, I’ve got a roast dinner cooking “
Make sure you don’t start charging and working as a business too soon as discussed in my tips on what not to do when building a clientele. Also, try not to start close to home because people talk and first impressions are crucial to your reputation. The fact is a lot of ignorant people won’t appreciate that you are still learning.
Becoming A Mobile Beautician technician is a great idea for the experience. If you have reached a point where you feel ready to set up in a salon. Go for it. Don’t let the clients turn you off if they tell you they won’t move because you’ll build quicker from a salon. Plus nothing in life should be feared, every obstacle is there to be faced and you’ll win and learn either way.