Starting your Business as a Nail technician
My first journey into the world of self employment was pretty daunting.
I set up my manicure table at the front of a hairdressing salon, in the window – like I was on show!
I didn’t know the owners of the salon, I didn’t have any clients and I had just quit my bank job.
I was pretty nervous to start with, but the excitement of setting up my little corner and embarking on my own business journey was exciting!
I must admit, that first year was tough. Some days I had no clients at all. I had some clients who were not very nice – bitches if I’m honest!
So if you are a nail technician starting out this post is for you!
Here’s what I would tell myself if I could go back to that time:
- Keep going – you’ll have days where it seems like it’ll never pick up, but it will.
- Use that time to practice your skills – offer free services to local business staff in return for their recommendation
- Continue your education. What new services can you add to your menu that will attract new clients?
- No matter how much someone is paying you, that does not give them the right to be rude to you.
- Remember, you are the expert. Even if you feel you have a lot more to learn, you already know more than your client about your service – don’t be afraid to offer advice and share your knowledge.
- By sharing your knowledge and genuinely helping your clients you are building trust. If they trust you and like you, they will buy from you.
- Have products available to retail to your clients. Eg, If you are telling them they need to oil their nails, have cuticle oil available for sale.
- DO set goals. Answer these questions: How much do you want to earn in a week? How many services do you need to perform to achieve that? How many per day? Then map out a plan of what you need to do to get there. Think about your pricing, and extra add ons to increase your clients average spend – nail art, hand massage, retail sales are all worth considering.
- Don’t let anyone tell you your job is not important. You are helping people feel good about themselves – it’s an essential service! 🙂
Do you have a question about starting out in the beauty business?
Email me and I’ll see if I can help – I might even write a blog post about it!