You’re opening a mobile nail salon.
It’s exciting to open your own business and become your own boss, and there’s nothing more inspiring than waking up every day to do what you love (and get paid for it!).
It’s an exciting time full of equipment purchases and spreading the word, but before you take on your first client, there are a few things that many new mobile nail salon business owners overlook.
Consider these four important factors before opening your doors for business:
1. Tax Regulations for Mobile Businesses
There are many different types of businesses you can start, from service-based businesses, to ecommerce, to non-profits and everything in between.
And the type of business you’re opening is unique, because you’ll be traveling to your client’s homes or other personal spaces to do your work.
So it’s important to know what tax deductions and write-offs you’re entitled to receive and which unique tax obligations you’re required to pay.
For instance, unlike a business with a storefront, you will incur a lot of travel expenses. You’ll be driving between clients and therefore you may have specific tax benefits for the usage of your vehicle for business purposes.
Each state has different tax regulations, and your specific business may have to follow a different structure from the next mobile business, so before you open your doors to clients (or they open their doors to you!) hire an accountant who specializes in mobile businesses, or do the research yourself.
2. Health and Safety Regulations
When you open a mobile nail salon, health and safety regulations become a concern.
That’s because you could be using some chemicals and substances that could pose a health risk to both yourself and your clients.
The chemicals found in shellac, nail polish, and remover need to be handled with care. Many new mobile nail salon business owners shrug off their duty to adhere to health and safety regulations because they don’t have a storefront or staff, but this is a mistake.
You don’t want to risk the health and safety of yourself or others, not to mention legal trouble if you overlook this important piece of opening your business.
3. Your Wavier Policy
When you have a salon, you know your work is safe and clean, so that waiver you have your clients sign before treatment is simply a formality to cover yourself and your business.
But when you own a mobile salon, the waiver becomes that much more important.
Because you are traveling to clients homes, and transporting your tools and equipment back and forth, you have less control over the environment in which you do your work and the stability of the equipment and tools.
For example, you know your working area at a physical salon is cleaned after each treatment, so it’s safe for your clients. But you can’t control the cleanliness of your client’s home.
That’s why it’s so crucial to have a rock-solid waiver policy in place whereby no matter what, your clients sign your waiver – whatever that looks like – when you need them to. This protects your business and your client.
4. Your Comfort Zone
New clients are exciting – especially when you first open your business. It’s an exhilarating feeling to know that somebody wants to hire you of all the other people they could hire, to do their nails.
To ensure that you remain safe and comfortable, however, it’s important to know where you draw the line when it comes to taking new clients.
You’re traveling to your clients alone, which can put you in a tough spot if you’re not familiar with them. Is there a specific time after which you aren’t comfortable taking an appointment? Are you willing to travel outside of your community? Are you comfortable with taking clients who aren’t referred to you by somebody you know?
There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, but knowing ahead of time what the answers are will help you make decisions your comfortable with as you begin to book more business.
Your business is unique. It comes with unique challenges and unique opportunities. Thinking about and planning for these important considerations will put you in a better position to take advantage of the unique opportunities while avoiding putting yourself in an unfortunate position with the challenges.