Is Mobile Hairdressing Worth It?
Hairdressing is one of the many trades that can be carried out in a clients home. Hairdressers only need a pair of scissors a small stock of products comb and other accessories to cut and style a persons hair. But is it worth it? below I discuss some of the pros and cons of mobile hairdressing and perhaps uncover some little known truths.
I hope this article maybe useful to someone who is thinking of starting up in mobile hairdressing and help them to assess which is the best route to take salon based or mobile.
So you have a car, have all your tools a client list and decide to go into the flexible working of being mobile. You can book clients in when you want as much of what will allow get up late arrive home early?
Firstly nowadays if you use a car for business you must have the correct insurance often this will incur a higher premium. There could be an argument that the car is just insured for “personal” use social and pleasure and that if you had an accident that you would just say you where visiting a relative? Insurance companies are more and more tightening there belts and looking for people outside of the scope of this they may ask to prove you where on holiday from work or proof of travel.
Do your research
This is the most important part before going into any new venture and its also the part that most people get wrong partly because of their desire to live the dream. Be hard on your plan scrutinize the competition how many the what why where and how. Also look at the possibility of future competition and threat of reducing your market.
Allot of people do not really Analise there costs, when I mean costs I mean true costs down to the penny, here’s an example.
Outgoings cost of car payment, car tax, insurance,fuel, wear and tear, cost of equipment and stock, fair wear and tear to equipment, necessary taxes. Add all this up on a yearly then monthly and drill down to a daily basis this will give you an idea of where you need to start from.
Not All Dogs Benefit From A Summer Haircut or Shave Down
Before I go into the points to help you choose your hairdresser, I should first outline the definition of what is a mobile hairdresser? A Mobile Hairdresser is a hairdresser who usually works for his or herself visiting clients at their homes or place of work, or any other agreed venue and does not operate from a fixed hair salon or beauty shop.
1.When to consider using a mobile hairdresser. The services of a mobile hairstylist may often be required to be used at a home for a wedding when it may often be inconvenient for the bride to travel to a hair or beauty salon to have her hair and her make-up done, requiring her then to travel back to her home to put on her wedding gown. Instead, the hairdresser will travel to the bride's home in order to style the bride's hair for her special day. A mobile hairstylist is often in demand for Care homes, hospitals, prisons, the armed forces, and in many other situations where individual attention is required.
4. Always Use a qualified hairdresser. As with Salon hairdressers, your mobile hairdresser should hold formal hairdressing qualifications. The UK national Vocational Qualification in Hairdressing (NVQ) is the only recognized qualification system, and more than 60% of mobile hairstylists are now trained to this standard. They should also hold professional indemnity insurance.
Your mobile hairdresser should be happy and prepared to recommend the perfect hairdos and often make-up to accentuate and compliment the individual looks of the customer, and offer suggestions on what hairstyle or make up should best suit the client.
Is Mobile Hairdressing Worth It?
It would be impossible to count how many times each summer a professional groomer is asked to shave a client's dog in an attempt to make it cooler. Here in rural Montana where the summers are scorching, I have had requests to shave almost every breed imaginable. It is a common misconception that all dogs would automatically be cooler if they had less hair.
First it is important to consider is what type of hair the dog has. All dogs can basically be divided into two groups. First we have those who need to have their cut on a regular basis, such as poodles, shih tzus, cocker spaniels, lhasa apsos, terriers, etc. Dogs in this group have hair that would continue growing longer and longer until it was cut. These breeds can be shaved with no problem. Taking off excess coat by shaving them down in hot weather will indeed make them more comfortable and cooler, and will not cause damage to the dog's coat. However, this is not the case with the second group.
This group of dogs consists of all the other breeds, longhaired or shorthaired, whose hair grows to one length only and then remains that length. These dogs typically shed much more than dogs in the first group. These include retrievers, pomeranians, great Pyranees, chow chows, pugs, German shepherds, huskies, and the list goes on and on. Their coats act as insulators against the elements, and should never be shaved. After all, do you take the insulation out of your home in the summer to make it cooler? Absolutely not, and the same goes for these dogs as well.
It is important to note that if you have a mixed breed dog, it can be difficult to determine which group the dog falls into. Most groomers can evaluate a dog's coat upon inspection to let you know which group the dog falls into, and what course of action to take, the risks involved, etc.
As a former professional groomer, I strongly feel that it is the groomer's responsibility to fully explain these things to clients wanting to have their dogs shaved. It is important to share knowledge with the clients to make the best decision possible for the pet in need of grooming.
COPYRIGHT 2008 Shannon Heggem