October 24, 2017

Top 5 Ways for Beauty Pros to be Their Own Boss

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly half of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists were self employed in 2014. If you’ve always dreamt of being your own boss, the beauty industry can be a great choice.

Here are 5 self employment options that licensed beauty pros can pursue.

1. Open a Salon

Want to run your own business? You can go all out and open up your own salon. Doing this can lead to a fast paced, exciting, and rewarding career. You can control how you run your salon. This includes how it’s decorated, what products you use, who works for you, and many other things.

Opening your own salon can be a lot of fun, but there are also a lot of things that can make it pretty tricky. For starters, it can be expensive. You will need a lot of money to help cover the expenses up front until you start bringing in enough revenue. Finding this “startup” money can be hard, but if you can get the money starting your very own salon is a great option.

licensed hairstylist doing hair

2. Rent a Booth

If you want to jump right in and start building your own clientele, renting a booth can be a great way to do this. It takes much less money than starting a full blown salon.

If you don’t know how booth rentals work here’s a little explanation:

You can find salons that rent out the booths to individual beauty professionals. From there you basically run your own business, do things your own way, and work with your own clients. It’s a cool way to be your own boss with less upfront cost.

3. Weddings

There’s always a bride-to-be and their posse that are looking for an amazing beauty pro. They all need someone to do their hair and makeup on the special day. By building up your reputation on social media and by word of mouth, it’s possible to get a really good thing going.

4. Photoshoots

Get connected with the photography world. Photographers always need a talented hair and makeup artist. From editorial to engagement photo shoots and everything in between, a beauty pro can play a huge role in making good photos turn out great!

professional makeup artist applying eye shadow

5. Freelance

Fashion shows, conventions, trade shows, here a little, there a little. Working freelance can give you the flexibility to work in a lot of different places doing a variety of different things. Taking this route can be really fun and help you meet a lot of new and interesting people. A great way to get a start as a freelancer is to talk to your friends and beauty school instructors. Ask anyone and everyone if they know of opportunities for you to use your hairstyling or makeup artistry skills. Once get things things rolling, more and more opportunities will come up.

How do I Become my Own Boss?

The first step to becoming your own beauty industry boss is to go to beauty school and getting your license. If you’re an aspiring beauty business guru, check out our esthetics and cosmetology programs. You can contact us with any question you may have to we can help you get started on your education. Don’t wait any more: begin your journey to a beauty industry career that you can love! We can’t wait to help you get there.

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