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.

Of course, there is much more involved for the latter three. Once you have made your decision, obtain the licensing.

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.

Author
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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Dina Case
Dina Case
10 years ago

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

Tatiana
Tatiana
4 years ago

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

Grace Demjanczuk
Grace Demjanczuk
3 years ago
Reply to  Tatiana

Where are you located

Stephanie Henderson
Stephanie Henderson
4 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.

Jasmine R Tucker
Jasmine R Tucker
4 years ago

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

Dru
Dru
4 years ago

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

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 years ago
Reply to  Dru

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

Grace Demjanczuk
Grace Demjanczuk
3 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.

Rachel
Rachel
3 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!

Rachel
Rachel
3 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
3 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?

Stacy ann Billy
Stacy ann Billy
3 years ago

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

Gail Killiebrew
Gail Killiebrew
3 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

Jtouch Aesthetics
Jtouch Aesthetics
3 years ago

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

Tzipporah Carny
Tzipporah Carny
3 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
3 years ago

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

Lucia Maria
Lucia Maria
3 years ago

What tipped drivers license I need for driving a mobile salon

rammi
rammi
2 years ago

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

Gadiel Torres
Gadiel Torres
11 months ago

Hi how I get Mobil lic nj I have all ready llc
Please

Carolyn Lee
Carolyn Lee
11 months ago

Hey so im trying to understand the legalities, do i need a permit? and how do i obtain those vans so i can start?

Karis
Karis
11 months ago

on your website you randomly have “buy flexeril online no prescription” in the paragraph under the business licensing section, first paragraph. I don’t think this is meant to be there lol

Melissa Ramirez
Melissa Ramirez
10 months ago

Hi, I am a licensed aesthetician, and I would love to start my mobile business.

stefanie
stefanie
9 months ago

Do i need any permit to start esthetics business at home

Sam M
Sam M
9 months ago

I want to find out the details of doing house calls as an esthetician. How can I start it, what equipment should I purchase, what are some pros and cons that I should consider? This is for WA.