Industry Guide for Hairdressers

Hairdressing is a highly creative industry, and those working in the field have been named as some of the happiest people in the UK workforce. (1)

While creativity is an essential quality for hairdressers, you need to have a good business head if you want to stay a cut above the rest. Here’s our guide to what you need to know.

Salon or Mobile?

Hairdressers have several working options:

  • Work from home.
  • Run a mobile business.
  • Rent a chair in a salon.
  • Set-up a salon.

Working from home or running a mobile hairdressers are generally the most flexible options. To work from home, it makes sense to have a dedicated space and you may incur substantial overheads to get started. Whereas if you opt for the mobile route you may have fewer overheads, but this comes with less control over your workspace as you may typically be working at the client’s home

If you rent a chair in a salon, you’re responsible for managing your own book-keeping and promotion, but you are likely to have a dedicated workspace and can often benefit from passing trade. Setting up your own salon is more costly and comes with great responsibility.

Insurance

There are many things that could go wrong in the hairdressing industry, which is why hairdressers require specialist business insurance. You could spill hair dye on somebody’s carpet, accidentally injure a client, a product you use could cause an allergic reaction, or your equipment could fail causing damage.

The type of insurance you need varies depending on where you work, whether you have any employees, and the size of your business. You may require cover for:

  • Public liability.
  • Employers liability.
  • Product liability.
  • Hairdressers tools.
  • Building and contents.
  • Business interruption.

If you’re unsure as to where to start, speak with a specialist insurance broker. They’ll know the typical risks facing your business  and will be able to advise on the most appropriate policy for you. One of the roles of a broker is to compare policies on your behalf to help make sure you are getting a competitive price, and to keep track on when your insurance needs renewing so you have one less thing to worry about.

Advertising

Whether you work for yourself or rent a chair in a salon, you should be on top of your marketing game to advertise your services and attract new clients.

The strategies you employ depend on your target audience. A website is a great option to showcase your work and advertise your location. You can use business cards and leaflets, or advertise in local newspapers and magazines or via social media. A combination of different types of advertising is usually most effective, and you should regularly review the impact of your marketing and make any necessary changes.

Specialist Kit

Like many trades, hairdressers need the right tools and equipment. This ranges from the basics like scissors, a hairdryer, and shampoo and conditioner, to specialised equipment for colouring and treating hair. If you’re starting out, you could spend a significant outlay, but your costs can normally be claimed as business expenses.

Salary Guide

Fully trained and qualified hairdressers earn an average of £14,000 to £20,000 annually, while top professional hairdressers earn a minimum of £30,000, depending on their location and the salon they work for (2).

Like many things, it depends on you and how hard you work. Hairdressers with their own salons have the potential to earn considerably more  if they have the right business approach, desire, and passion.

  1. http://www.careershifters.org/expert-advice/top-5-happiest-jobs-you-could-change-career-to-will-they-make-you-happy
  2. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/hairdresser.aspx
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