How to Start a Manicure Business

There are dozens of people who have a license to do nails, and are good at it. But it is getting more and more difficult to find a job in this field at a reputable salon that will pay you well. The good news is that you do not have to work for anyone, you can actually go into business for yourself. This article will tell you how to start that business right out of your home, with very little start up costs. The first thing you will want to do is make sure you have several copies of your license available. You may want to get a folder to keep these papers in. You will also need a receipt book, and an appointment book. The next thing that you will want to do is set up your business telephone number.

If you do not want to use your home phone number, you may want to invest in a separate line. Or another option is to get a cell phone just for business purpose’s. Another suggestion is to set up a web page or an email address. You can always find a free service that will provide this for you, and it will enable your customers to contact you at any time. The email also works well because it gives you documented proof of what they requested. Sometimes people will change their appointments and forget, so make sure you save all of your messages and emails. This is also very important when you face any payment issues.

Next you will need to make sure you have all of the supplies you need, as well as a bag to carry them all in. For this type of business it may be best to travel to the person’s home to do their manicure. Not only will this save you from having too many people coming in and out of your house, but it will also help to get you more customers. How? Just think about it for a minute. Which is easier, having someone come to your house to do your nails, or going to a salon to get your nails done. People love the idea of having their own on call nail technician. The last thing you will need to do is advertise. It is always important to get the word out. You can start by making up business cards, and leaving them at laundry mats, or at the dry cleaners, and your local supermarket.

Make sure you keep good records of how much money you make. You will need this when it comes to tax time. When it comes to officially registering your business I would recommend that you wait until you have been in business for at least two months. You can use these two months as a business trial period, to see if you will have enough clients to really make a decent income. Once your business begins to flourish, you can then fill out the necessary forms and get your tax id number. This will definitely make your life a lot easier come tax time.

When it comes to advertising you can do this also by word of mouth. Your friends are usually your first customers. You can have them spread the word to their friends and co-workers. It may even help to give some of your business cards to your friends to pass out to people they meet. Another idea is to put an add in one of your local newspapers. Local newspapers usually do not charge as much as the larger papers do. You could put a small four line ad in the paper and wait for the responses to come rolling in. Just make sure that you make your ad interesting. You really want to make it stand out from the others, this will ensure that you get the best response possible.

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