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New career - beauty business?

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user122397743 Sun 20-Jan-19 16:50:29

Hoping someone can point me in right direction, pros/cons etc. Have tried to search for relevant forums but not much success.

So at 47 and having been a SAHM for last 10 years am considering my options. I have always been interested in beauty therapy and have recently moved to a house with huge potential for running a home business. The relative flexibility is hugely attractive as although DC are still as school, they are teens and quite capable of looking after themselves in evenings.

Questions I have:

how feasible/realistic is it to set up a basic home salon?
Can it be a viable business?
What basic training would I need? Local college does NVQ 2/3 but that's over a year and I'd prefer to do some fast track training.
Which treatments are the most profitable?
Am I too old?!
What outlays are there?
Recommendations on relevant network support groups?
What else haven't I thought about ??

SLEm Sun 20-Jan-19 17:01:32

I'd start off with things that are popular at the moment, like lashes and nails, everyone has lashes and nails, also MUA is popular xxx

user122397743 Sun 20-Jan-19 17:25:57

Thank you! Am also wondering about more traditional treatments e.g massage, facials, waxing etc?

Also is there really a strong enough market to warrant the outlay?

user122397743 Sun 20-Jan-19 19:52:15


user122397743 Mon 21-Jan-19 22:03:08

Final bump?

yikesanotherbooboo Mon 21-Jan-19 22:11:31

A friend of mine did waxing but found it not to be profitable once she had bought couch, wax, cost of her course, insurance , cost of wax etc. She couldn't get enough clients without advertising and it all became rather hard. I'm sure there is a model but there are so many salons around sharing the clientele that you would have to compete ; presumably on cost and situation. It is possible to be mobile doing waxing .

greendale17 Mon 21-Jan-19 22:12:27

This type of market is absolutely saturated where I live

supergrains Mon 21-Jan-19 22:30:47

Brows? Micro-blading etc? I don't know what qualifications you need, but there's a big demand (will the current fashion lasts) and it's not cheap where I live (SE)

user122397743 Tue 22-Jan-19 14:21:24

Thanks for your thoughts. We are in a pretty rural part of Suffolk - main salons a good 25 min drive.

bellareznik Mon 11-Feb-19 18:43:23

Basic home salon is a good idea for small business. Advertising is very important, by social networks or something else.

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