Becoming an Esthetician and Starting a Mobile Business

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You’re ready to take the plunge and operate your mobile esthetics business. First things first––what exactly is a mobile esthetics business? A mobile esthetics business is when a licensed esthetician drives to different client locations, be it a home, hotel, or stage set, and provides esthetic services. The only overhead fee you have to worry about is the mode of transportation getting you to your client’s destination and the products and tools you’ll be using.

Attracting clients to a new business or a new location can take time and effort. The main goal of attracting clients is advertising through an app or word-of-mouth that you are in the area, can come to their location, and offer esthetic services..

Starting a Mobile Esthetics Business

Here are some key elements that anyone looking to start a mobile esthetics business should take into consideration:

  • Obtain proper automotive licensing
  • Earn a license from a state-approved esthetics program
  • Obtain an official business license
  • Determine business focal points: facials, waxing, or all services
  • Purchase equipment
  • Purchase skincare products
  • Determine a price list and a policies guide
  • Establish a client base and if possible, a referral system
  • Create marketing techniques

Using Your Car for Your Business

To have a mobile business, you must have a valid driver’s license and a registered and insured vehicle. Check state policy to be sure you are up to date.

As a professional esthetician, maintain a professional and friendly appearance and demeanor. Similarly, if you advertise your services on the vehicle for people to notice when you drive, make sure they see the beauty surrounding you to reinforce the beauty you could create.

Licensing

Business Licensing

Obtaining a business license is fairly easy, but you want to ensure you have the right goals and plans before investing. First, decide on your business structure. Most likely, you will want to be the sole proprietor. You can also opt to make it a partnership, a limited liability company, or eventually a corporation.
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Of course, there is much more involved for the latter three. Once you have made your decision, obtain the licensing.
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Licensing includes registering your business name and receiving a federal tax ID number. If you hire help of any kind, you will also need a state employer ID and an IRS number.

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Esthetics Licensing

Research the board rules that pertain to your particular state to ensure you possess specific licensing requirements to practice your skill.

Why Get Licensed?

Your state law will likely require you to hold a valid license to practice esthetics, barbering, or cosmetology. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the job outlook for skincare specialists will increase at a rate of 17% by 2031, which is much faster than average. People will always want to look and feel beautiful, so you can rest assured that if all else fails, you have a license to let potential employers know that you have experience in your trade.

So How Do I Become a Licensed Esthetician?

The National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences accredits Evergreen Beauty College. By getting an education with us, you can take your skill in the United States and get recognized as the glamorous esthetic provider that you are. Our esthetics program will teach you techniques and how to apply these teachings beyond the walls of our school.

With every Evergreen educational program, we send students through a training program that focuses on business marketing, retail, customer development, and strategies to assist you in building your own business. Those months alone offer valuable information that you can take with you long into the future.

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Dina Case
Dina Case
8 years ago

I am a licensed esthetician and want to get started with a mobile business

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
8 years ago
Reply to  Dina Case

Hello Dina, thank you for the post? What is stopping you from starting you mobile business?

Tatiana
Tatiana
3 years ago

Hi I’m Tatiana, I would love to get in contact with a mobile esthetician.

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
3 years ago
Reply to  Tatiana

Tatiana, what state are you located in?

Grace Demjanczuk
Grace Demjanczuk
2 years ago
Reply to  Tatiana

Where are you located

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago

We have five campuses in the Washington state; Mount Vernon, Everett, North Seattle, Renton and Yakima

Stephanie Henderson
Stephanie Henderson
3 years ago

Hello , I am a veteran Aesthetician and I would like to go mobile, can you give me any tips ? I am already licensed , insured and I have a legal LLC.

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
3 years ago

Stephanie, be sure that you have Mobile License as well. It’s a separate license than your traditional Aesthetician license.

Jasmine R Tucker
Jasmine R Tucker
3 years ago

Hello, im already an esthestician i would like more infomation about going mobile

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
3 years ago

Jasmine, the first step is to review the state laws. If you are in Washington, here it is below:

RCW 18.16.175
Salon/shop or mobile unit requirements—Liability insurance—Complaints—Inspection—Registration—Use of motor homes—Posting of licenses.
(1) A salon/shop or mobile unit shall meet the following minimum requirements:
(a) Maintain an outside entrance separate from any rooms used for sleeping or residential purposes;
(b) Provide and maintain for the use of its customers adequate toilet facilities located within or adjacent to the salon/shop or mobile unit;
(c) Any room used wholly or in part as a salon/shop or mobile unit shall not be used for residential purposes, except that toilet facilities may be used for both residential and business purposes;
(d) Meet the zoning requirements of the county, city, or town, as appropriate;
(e) Provide for safe storage and labeling of chemicals used in the practices under this chapter;
(f) Meet all applicable local and state fire codes; and
(g) Certify that the salon/shop or mobile unit is covered by a public liability insurance policy in an amount not less than one hundred thousand dollars for combined bodily injury and property damage liability.
(2) The director may by rule determine other requirements that are necessary for safety and sanitation of salons/shops, personal services, or mobile units. The director may consult with the state board of health and the department of labor and industries in establishing minimum salon/shop, personal services, and mobile unit safety requirements.
(3) Personal services license holders shall certify coverage of a public liability insurance policy in an amount not less than one hundred thousand dollars for combined bodily injury and property damage liability.
(4) Upon receipt of a written complaint that a salon/shop or mobile unit has violated any provisions of this chapter, chapter 18.235 RCW, or the rules adopted under either chapter, or at least once every two years for an existing salon/shop or mobile unit, the director or the director’s designee shall inspect each salon/shop or mobile unit. If the director determines that any salon/shop or mobile unit is not in compliance with this chapter, the director shall send written notice to the salon/shop or mobile unit. A salon/shop or mobile unit which fails to correct the conditions to the satisfaction of the director within a reasonable time shall, upon due notice, be subject to the penalties imposed by the director under RCW 18.235.110. The director may enter any salon/shop or mobile unit during business hours for the purpose of inspection. The director may contract with health authorities of local governments to conduct the inspections under this subsection.
(5) A salon/shop, personal services, or mobile unit shall obtain a certificate of registration from the department of revenue.
(6) This section does not prohibit the use of motor homes as mobile units if the motor home meets the health and safety standards of this section.
(7) Salon/shop or mobile unit licenses issued by the department must be posted in the salon/shop or mobile unit’s reception area.
(8) Cosmetology, hair design, barbering, esthetics, master esthetics, and manicuring licenses issued by the department must be posted at the licensed person’s workstation.

Dru
Dru
3 years ago

If I purchased a van, could I do the facials and waxing in the van just as they perform haircuts?

Stephanie
Stephanie
2 years ago
Reply to  Dru

I am wondering the same thing. There is really nothing that tells us the guidelines on this in Washington.

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago
Reply to  Stephanie

You may want to check out http://www.dol.wa.gov under the Cosmetology Division. There is great summary on the rules and regulations that govern Mobile services.

Grace Demjanczuk
Grace Demjanczuk
2 years ago

I am currently a licensed esthetician i. The state of Florida. I am interested in more Information and Furthering my education in the business and marketing area.

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago

There are some great schools in Florida; go online and do your research to find the right now. Look at their curriculum, but also their culture and talk to their students to see if you would be a good fit! Good luck!

Rachel
Rachel
2 years ago

Im not licensed yet nor plan to be, just looking for more info. How profitable would you think this would be? I already micro car camp around the country fulltime and am looking to invest in a job that i can do while i travel. Im worried about finding clientele throughout the country? How would you advertise yourself? Thank you!

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago
Reply to  Rachel

Each state has different requirements, but most, if not all states do require a state license. You shared that you did not plan on getting license which may be an obstacle.

Rachel
Rachel
2 years ago

If I decide that it is something i want to invest in then i plan on going to school for it. Just very nervous on making a commitment like that!

Cass
Cass
2 years ago

Hello! I’m an esthetician in Colorado and want to travel to individuals homes to perform select services. What licensure is required to make this legal?

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago
Reply to  Cass

Cass, that’s a great quesition. A good starting point would be review the Colorado state laws. Here is a link if that would be helpful! Good luck 🙂 Link: dpo.colorado.gov/BarberCosmetology/Laws

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago
Reply to  Cass

Cass, that’s a great question. A good starting point would be review the Colorado state laws. Here is a link if that would be helpful! Good luck 🙂 Link: dpo.colorado.gov/BarberCosmetology/Laws

Stacy ann Billy
Stacy ann Billy
2 years ago

How about if you want to be a mobile esthetician in florida

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago

Stacy, I would suggest that you reach out the Florida Cosmetology Board. In case you didn’t have their website, here it is: boardofcosmetology.net/florida-state-board-of-cosmetology-cb9

Gail Killiebrew
Gail Killiebrew
2 years ago

I’m a license esthetician from St.Louis Mo would love to start a traveling business coming to client home. Given facials and other service. How can I get started

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago

Gail, that is a great question. A good place to start would be to contact Missouri’s Cosmetology Board: pr.mo.gov/cosbar.asp

Jtouch Aesthetics
Jtouch Aesthetics
2 years ago

How do I become a mobile esthetician legally if i am licensed in two states?

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago

Jtouch, which states are you in? The state laws typically have it outlined. Here in Washington State, mobile business have an identified license that you must get in addition to your professional license.

Tzipporah Carny
Tzipporah Carny
2 years ago

My daughter is a licensed Esthetician in Florida. She wants to open a mobile business. How do you get professional products to use on clients and sell for retail without a physical salon?

Nicole
Nicole
2 years ago

I’m currently an esthetician in Michigan and am interested in going mobile. Any tips for my state?

Lucia Maria
Lucia Maria
2 years ago

What tipped drivers license I need for driving a mobile salon

rammi
rammi
1 year ago

i am long time this industry but now i want to start mobile spa business