What Does It Take to Start an Esthetician Business?

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Are you an expert on skin care? Then you may want to consider starting an esthetician business of your own. Succeeding in this endeavor can help you achieve financial freedom and stability. Just remember that it also takes a lot of work, especially in the beginning. You will have to use a lot of resources to get things going. Here are a few of the biggest investments:

In-depth Training

Before you can practice as an esthetician, you will have to take a beauty school esthetics course. Tuition may set you back anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000. The length of time will depend on the requirements of your state. Most states typically mandate about 1,500 hours. Don’t go to the cheapest school you can find. Instead, treat it as an investment. Attend an institution that can provide you with the advanced skills needed to compete in the industry such as the multi-awarded Evergreen Beauty College.

Registering Your Esthetics Business

Once you have mastered every technique, then it’s time to set up shop. You will have to register your business with the local government. If you have never owned a business before, then ask for advice from knowledgeable friends and family. Getting the services of a lawyer will also be of immense help and, there are plenty of legal matters that will need attention. Be sure to acquire your license before commencing business operations.

Insurance Coverage

Estheticians are lumped among health and wellness professionals in terms of insurance. Liability coverage is a must for all businesses. Extending this to include malpractice coverage is a good idea, especially in this field. Life and health insurance may also be required depending on the laws of your state. It is difficult to come up with figures for insurance as there is so much variance among different regions. What’s certain is that the premiums will be cheaper if you are able to qualify for small business health insurance. The local chapter of the Professional Beauty Association can provide assistance.

Site and Equipment

You may rent a commercial space or remodel part of your house and operate from there. Then you will have to equip it with chairs, lighting, drawers, racks, mirrors and more. After that,

Depending on what services you want to offer and how big of a business you plan on building, you can decide on what things you will need to invest in.


Once everything has been set up and ready to go, then you are ready to welcome your first customers. Spread the word about your business through multiple advertising channels to reach a wide audience. Hand out business cards at gatherings and flyers near your site. Lastly, create a professional website and talk about what makes your esthetician business unique.

Where Should I Start?

Sound overwhelming? Don’t worry. Our esthetics program covers many of business topics that can help you in starting you own beauty business. Simply schedule a tour of one of our campuses and you can ask any questions you may have. We can help you get going on building a business or a career in the beauty industry.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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Liliane Semel
Liliane Semel
3 years ago

i’m interested in starting my own esthetician business