Start a fun new career as a manicurist; work from your own home and in your own hours. Working for yourself means that you can see clients when it suits you and you can fit your work around family commitments. The first step is to get yourself trained and registered. Find a course close to home and ask about the cost and requirements for it. If a license to conduct your own business is required in your area, get one organized. When you are trained, have your certificate and license, you are nearly ready to start.
Before you see your first client, be organized to keep track of the money you are paid. A simple computer program is probably the most convenient way to go, so get it all set up before you start. You will need an appointment book and a numbered receipt book as well. Work out some way to track your mileage as this will be a tax deduction. Look into getting a business phone to add to your credibility, and always answer it in a professional manner.
You will obviously need your tools of the trade. These may have been supplied when you did your course. Find a suitable way to carry your equipment around safely – you don’t want to have nail polish rolling around the floor of your car! Keep everything all together in the one bag or basket, buy some pretty hand towels and containers, and have everything in coordinating colors.
Decide from the beginning whether you want clients coming into your home or whether you will travel to their homes. There are reasons for and against both ways of doing business; it really comes down to what suits you and your circumstances the best. One advantage of going to the client’s home is that she doesn’t have to get into a car and drive with wet nails.
Now you need to think about how you are going to let people know that you are in business. Offer to do a friend’s nails for half price if she recommends you to another friend you don’t know. Have business cards made up and ask if you can leave them at local stores, childcare centres, hairdressers (that don’t have a manicurist), doctors surgeries etc. Advertising in school newsletters is usually inexpensive or free, so ask at the local schools about this – you could even donate a percentage of your profits to the school’s fundraising efforts. Be creative and think outside the square when it comes to advertising your business.
Starting up a manicure business from home is a great way to work for yourself around your other commitments. You will have flexibility, extra income and the added benefit of having fun as you meet new people and help them feel good.