How Do I Become a Mobile Hairdresser?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
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A mobile hairdresser is a person who cuts and styles hair after going to a specific location to reach a customer; this is an alternative to having the customer come to a set location for a cut or style. In order to become a mobile hairdresser, you will first need to go to beauty school or otherwise learn how to properly cut and style hair. Some people learn by working in a salon with more experienced stylists, though in many regions throughout the world, you will need to become a certified beautician in order to become a mobile hairdresser.

No formal education is necessary in order to become a mobile hairdresser, but having a high school diploma greatly improves your chances of getting a job or running a successful business. Attending a beauty school will further give you a competitive edge by teaching you the skills necessary to cut and style hair, and attending business courses at a local community college is a great way to learn more about running your own business. If you intend to become a mobile hairdresser by starting your own business, you will need to find funding for start-up money; this usually means going to a bank for a loan. Writing a business plan ahead of time improves your chances of securing a loan for your business.

Invest in high-quality and portable equipment if you want to become a mobile hairdresser. Remember that you will be carrying your equipment very often, so try to choose sturdy tools that are also compact and lightweight. Stay organized by investing in bins and other organizers that will help you keep all your products and tools together. Toolboxes or other cases are good ways to transport items without damaging or losing them as well. Most importantly, make sure you have reliable transportation so you can get to and from jobs, and try to choose a vehicle that has plenty of storage space for your products and tools.

Develop your price list before you get started. Do some research into other hairdressers, especially other mobile hairdressers, and develop a competitive but fair price list. If you are starting a new business, you will need to do some advertising to make sure people know you exist. Try to come up with print and online ads that give customers an idea as to why you are better than the competition. It may help to offer special promotional deals or discounts to draw in new customers right off the bat.

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