How to Run a Mobile Hairdressing Business

Written by vanessa cross
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There are at least two strong markets to support a mobile hairdressing business: seniors and parents. Seniors seeking to maintain independent living and mothers juggling the high demands of work and family need such convenient services.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Obtain appropriate beautician certification by attending the required number of hours of cosmetology training and passing the state licensing test. Expect training that lasts between nine and 24 months, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    Obtain business licenses as required by local and state authorities for hairdressing business services. General business licenses are typically issued at the county or parish level. Each individual state has its own agency, often called the secretary of state or state department, that handles the establishment of business entities such as corporations or limited liability companies.

  3. 3

    Secure general liability insurance to cover the risks associated with providing services directly to the public. A client's unfavourable reaction to a chemical-based process can mean a small claims lawsuit against the business.

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    Purchase inventory such as an assortment of curling irons, flat irons, portable hairdryers, combs, brushes, rollers, shampoos and conditioners. Obtain hairstyle magazines to take to clients' residences. Find a professional and sturdy portable rolling bag/luggage to transport supplies. Order customised work smocks with your business name printed on them to wear when providing services.

  5. 5

    Secure a computer and printer that will have accounting software, spreadsheet or database software for managing client and product inventory lists, and word-processing software for generating correspondence to send to clients.

  6. 6

    Purchase or lease a reliable van as business transportation to and from clients' residences. Have the van painted or a sign (magnetic or adhesive) made for the side that includes your business logo, phone number and website address.

  7. 7

    Do your paperwork. This will include accounting, billing, marketing and general business management. Maintain an updated database that lists all your clients and includes their product preferences and birthdays, so you can send them promotional materials and thank-yous.

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    Market your business. Purchase ads in newspapers and magazines that target seniors or parents. Post flyers on neighbourhood community boards. Ask permission to leave brochures in common areas of retirement homes and assisted leaving facilities as well as local day care facilities and after-school activity providers (e.g., local kiddie karate classes).

Tips and warnings

  • Consult an attorney or tax professional to address questions regarding the law and tax requirements applicable to your particular business situation.

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