I said at the start of this that my reason for retraining was to make myself self employable. When we moved home it was so hard to get a job doing what I really wanted to do that I decided I would train in beauty. The idea being that I could team a beauty qualification with my management degree and never leave myself in a position where I could not just find myself work to be getting on with.
Now that I am getting close to the end of level 2 I am itching make some money from what I already know. Sadly as I want to do level 3 it will be impossible to seek fulltime work in the real world just yet and let’s be honest, nearly all salons and spas want somebody trained to level 3 standard anyway. So that leaves me with an exciting new prospect. A home salon.
I am lucky in that we have a spare bedroom downstairs which is currently used as an office. I am even luckier in the fact that the man in my life is willing to give up his office space for me to use the room as a home salon!
My mother’s day gift this year was actually my first bit of salon equipment. A wax pot and accessories. A small drop in the ocean of what I need for a home salon but as it is what I need to practise at the moment to get my last module complete it made sense and spurred me on with the idea of a home salon. I am hoping by the time I hit summer I will have most of what I need equipment wise sorted.
The frustrating bit is waiting for my certificate. Without my certificate there are some things I just can’t do/buy as I need it for some wholesalers and suppliers. So I am trying to focus on the bits I can sort out for now.
This week I have started researching local salons, what they charge and what services they offer. I have had the joy of creating a pretty spreadsheet so I can keep track of the figures and start to think about what I want to charge.
Of course there is much more to setting up a home salon than simply getting the equipment and products together. I have already got a separate bank account I can use for funds to be stored and come the new tax year in April I will do the needful and register as self employed in advance of starting to work from home.
Once I start to get more active in my planning I will create a page at the top that I can edit regularly tracking the process and expense of opening a home salon. Hopefully it will help others see how much thought they really need to put into a home salon and provide them with some encouragement that if I can do it, anyone can do it.
My mood of the moment can most definitely be described as excited and hopeful!