Basic Guide To Starting Your Own Beauty Business

Just because you had fun cutting and styling your dolls’ hair when you were a kid doesn’t necessarily mean you’re cut out to own and operate a high-end salon or spa retreat. 

But if you’ve long had your sights set on running a beauty business and you have a passion for the field, there’s no reason you can’t take the steps to prepare for such a career in order to make your dreams of business ownership into a reality. 

So if beauty is your bag, here are a few helpful guidelines to get you on track to reach your goals.

First and foremost, you need to understand that nothing in this world is free.  You might think that the beauty industry is all about fun, but owning and operating a business can be a hair-raising experience (especially if you don’t know what you’re doing). 

It’s not like you’d apply for an IT job without the proper degree just because you use a home computer.  If you want to do well in any field you need to become an expert. 

And this means schooling and practice.  In terms of the beauty industry in particular, there are two different types of schooling you should look into: beauty and business.

Although anybody can try to start a business, most rely on loans or investments of some sort to get their operation off the ground.  If you don’t have knowledge, experience, or more likely both to back you up, you’re going to have a mighty hard time securing the funds you need to get your business going. 

So you should start by taking beauty courses in the areas you’re interested in, from hairstyling to skin treatments to nails.  If you want to do it right, you should actually obtain licensure and work in a salon or spa for a while to get the feel for how a successful business is run. 

From there you’ll almost certainly want to obtain a business degree.  The truth is that the best business owners know their operation inside and out, from the ground up. 

So starting out with only a cosmetology license or only a business degree is not going to serve you as well as having both in your pocket when you open your own business.


You don’t necessarily have to go to the best schools for top business degrees in order to run a beauty business; although it couldn’t hurt, it could be pretty pricey. 

And frankly, you’ll be surprised to find that you can learn just as much from the comfort of your home through some of the top online business degree programs (offered by accredited online schools). 

So you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get the education you’ll need to run your own beauty business. 

However, you should plan for at least a bachelor’s degree in business and supplementary classes in the cosmetology field so that you understand how all the cogs in your machine work.  From there the sky is the limit.

(Guest Post by Carol Montrose)

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