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How to Start a Mobile Beauty Salon Business

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If you’re an entrepreneur that loves doing hair, you may have considered creating your own mobile beauty salon. A mobile beauty salon gives you the freedom to take your skills and business on the road—whether that’s to a corporate office, a client’s home, or other location.

With a mobile beauty salon, you have more flexibility than a traditional salon because you can go to any location you’d like. You can travel with all your supplies and equipment and do cuts, colors, styling, and more out of a van or trailer. A major advantage to a mobile beauty salon is that you don’t have to pay rent at a salon—you simply purchase your vehicle and work from there.

Today we’ll talk about how to start a mobile beauty salon business. We’ll walk you through three important steps that you’ll need to follow in order to start a successful mobile beauty salon.

Create a Business Plan

The first thing you’ll need to do when starting a mobile beauty salon is create a business plan. A business plan entails all the nitty gritty details of your business and how it will be run. You will need to establish which services you will be providing and how much you will be charging your clients for those services. You’ll also need to come up with a budget so you can know how you’ll be spending your money and have an effective way of tracking your expenses.

When creating your business plan, you’ll also need to establish where your business will be operating. Perhaps you choose one city and have a 25-mile radius where you will travel with your mobile beauty salon. You’ll also consider who your market will be—whether that’s visiting corporate offices or going to clients’ homes.

Select Your Vehicle

Once you’ve established your business plan, you’re ready to take the next step and purchase your vehicle. This step will require a lot of research on your part. You first need to decide if you will purchase a van or a bus, or if you have a vehicle that can transport a trailer. The decision is totally up to you.

Keep in mind that this step will require the most effort because once you purchase your vehicle, you will need to transform it into the mobile beauty salon. This entails purchasing all the equipment and installing it in the vehicle, so it’s safe and doesn’t move around. Start with creating a list of all the salon tools needed, like a hairdryer, shears, shampoo and conditioner, etc. and then a list of the other bigger equipment needed. This can include a sink for hand washing, a salon chair, a sink for hair washing, and more.

Not everyone that starts a mobile beauty salon will have a vehicle. Having a vehicle provides more flexibility, but some stylists can choose to travel with a bag with all the necessities and provide their services at their clients’ home or office, without needing to have a vehicle. This is something you should consider when creating your mobile beauty salon business plan.

Purchase Salon Insurance

An essential step of starting your own mobile beauty salon is to make sure you have liability insurance. There are a myriad of accidents that could happen while running any business, and a mobile beauty salon is no different. Beauty and Bodywork Insurance provides liability insurance for beauty professionals at an affordable cost. You can click on this link to request a quote today.

When you purchase insurance from Beauty and Bodywork Insurance, you receive instant coverage that lasts a year, and you can set your policy up to automatically renew each year so you can work without a gap in coverage. We also provide you with a Certificate of Insurance, which shows you’re a professional who takes their business seriously. You can display this certificate in your mobile beauty salon vehicle so your clients can see they’re in good hands.

If you choose to have a vehicle for your mobile beauty salon business, you’ll also want to look into purchasing commercial auto insurance so your vehicle can have coverage as well. If you have any questions about our policies, feel free to contact our licensed insurance agents.

Get Started Today

We hope this article was helpful in understanding how to start a mobile beauty salon business. Start with creating a business plan that works for you, find and purchase a vehicle for your business, and make sure you have liability insurance. We hope you see success with starting your own mobile beauty salon!

For ideas on how to market your beauty salon, take a look at this blog.

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