Mobile Hairdresser (2)

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At Christmas time, I give my closest clients a gift voucher to spend on their hair, and quite often they give me something, which I find very thoughtful. I received engagement presents from some as well when my boyfriend and I got engaged a few months ago. All of these little things make working so much easier, and it never feels like a chore.
There are some disadvantages to mobile hairdressing. For example, you really have to put in the hours. If you want to make a good business out of it and make good money, you really do have to work weekends and nights. When I first started my business, I worked seven days a week and every night was late. But that's what you have to do to make it work.
Now that I have been in business for nearly two years, I have my regular clients, regular days, and regular hours. I work Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until late at night, usually around 9 PM (but it can sometimes be later), Friday until 6 PM, and Saturday until 5 PM. I take Sundays and Mondays off now.
It is good to have a few days off, as it can become really tiring. People forget that it's not just the hairdressing side I have to deal with. I have to do the entire bookkeeping, accounting, and banking, etc. Also, I have to do stock takes, etc. I used to go to the local hairdressing suppliers in town on my day off to buy more stock, tools, and equipment, etc., but now I just do it by mail order as it is much easier and not as much time-consuming.
A hairdresser with scissors that are ready to cut hair
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Another disadvantage of being a mobile hairdresser is that, if you have a complaining client, you can't just say "I'll go and get my manager to deal with it," you have to deal with it yourself and rectify the problem. But if you take your time and are careful and listen to exactly what your client wants, there shouldn't be any problems, although some people are very hard to please, but you just have to learn how to deal with it. It is all about experience and being business-minded.
But don't let the disadvantages dissuade you; it pays off at the end of the week when you have a good wage and you feel as if you've accomplished something. It's a great feeling.
Whether you are a client or a stylist, mobile hairdressing works for everyone. It is definitely the new way to get your hair done.
Note: This article was written by a hairstylist in the United Kingdom. Check with your local board of cosmetologists to learn about possible rules and regulations for mobile hairdressing in your country or state.
See also:
Freelance hair jobs
About becoming a hairdresser
The pros and cons of being a hairdresser