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The Pros and Cons of being a mobile nail technician
The Pros and Cons of being a mobile nail technician
You want to be mobile but have you really put enough thought into what it involves?
Published by ValencianNails
29-05-06
The Pros and Cons of being a mobile nail technician

The Pro's and Con's of being a mobile nail technician

You're a recently qualified nail technician and decide that being mobile is the best avenue for you to go down, but have you really put enough thought into what it all involves?

The Pro's
  • Being able to fit your nail business around your family and commitments
  • Offering a more personal service to your clients in the comfort of their own home
  • Being able to work ''after hours'' and not being tied to a salons working hours
  • No rent, although you will still have overheads, i.e. petrol etc
  • Being able to choose when you work
  • Fitting your clients around your life instead of the other way around
  • Excellent if you like to work alone
  • Being your own boss without being tied to a salon lease or long contract
The Con's
  • Weight of equipment, carrying heavy bags can take it's toll on you
  • Being safe in a strangers home, always make sure someone knows where you are and has a contact number for you
  • Building your client base, this can be difficult when you start out being a mobile technician but will reap rewards in the long-term
  • Creating retail opportunities, this can be more difficult as you don't have a retail stand to show off your products, you will have to ''talk'' up the products and sell the benefits
  • Not being able to bounce off salon colleagues if you encounter a problem
  • Distractions and interruptions such as your client's children and pets
  • Being out working in all kinds of weather, from hot sunshine to freezing rain
That said, being a mobile nail technician is very rewarding but also extremely hard work, even more so if you've not had any previous business experience.
With determination and good business sense it can be an extremely lucrative business to be in.

Make your choice wisely.
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By Bagpuss on 29-05-06, 11:31 AM
Thats great Sandi.....xxx
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By Mrs.Clooney on 29-05-06, 04:33 PM
I would also say that the cons are having to spend on fuel and mileage for car and having to find parking as some peeps live in narrow streets. Also clients expect a mobile tech to be less expensive whereas I think we should charge no less that salons.
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By leah82 on 29-05-06, 04:35 PM
Good thread!!
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By Lellipop on 29-05-06, 04:39 PM
The cons for me recently is not having a car lol Fab article Sandi
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By tiamaria on 09-06-06, 11:11 AM
Cheesy mobile nail tech

great article. I am a newly qualified nail tech and at present I am fitting it around my other job as a receptionist, it is working quite well at present as I finish at 2.00 so can start doing nails by 2.30. My daughter is just finishing off her GCSE so the school run will a thing of the past as she is starting a hairdressing apprentership with Reeds International and we have a bus stop just down the road which will take her straight into town. And yes, it is hard work trying to build up a clientel, so far I have only had one problem with parking and having to carry all the gear to the house and the area looked a bit dodgy but the car was in one piece when I came out and the client actually carried some of my stuff for me which was nice My husband is being great and always has something to eat if I am going to be late and a cold beer lined up for me. thanks for the article.
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By midnight on 14-06-06, 09:16 PM
I have just recently qualified and would like to get some experience in a salon however not many will take on a new tech so the only option would be to go mobile.

Cheers
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By midnight on 14-06-06, 09:17 PM
Good thread
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By BABSann on 26-06-06, 01:52 PM
The bit about clients kids and pets is soooo true.I have one lady who gets up at least 10 times every time to give her cat, cat treats.It's infuriating.I love animals but this cat sits outside her patio doors and refuses to come in.Every single time this happens.My client then feels guilty and has to get up,go fetch cat treats,open doors,feed cat,try to coax feline inside,then finally we start again.Only for it to happen 10 mins later when damned cat starts meowing at patio doors again.AAARGHHHHGood thread by the way..LOL
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By tinkerbelletips on 28-06-06, 02:13 PM
its true what you all say about parking and fuel.....i grudged it but ive just changed my car to a small one. (suzuki wagon.) .hey ts great im beginning to think it runs on fresh air and i can find a parking space easier, its amazing what you can fit in smaller cars!....its great for nipping up and down narrow streets...and like someone says, you can only go as fast as the cars in front of you...ive saved loads.
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By chantel1986 on 19-07-06, 10:45 PM
I have just qualified as a nail tech and did so with te intention of being mobile, but finding a client base is hard work. Any suggestions???????
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By nic122 on 23-07-06, 06:11 PM
Rolleyes

I'm a mobile nail tech and am definately experiencing lots of cons at the moment! I seem to be working more and more hours to try and fit everyone in, especially my late night clients, with driving to appointments I can only do about 3 per night, whereif I were salon based i'd be able to double that, so i'm working 3 to 4 lates per week. Then retail is another big problem and even straight forward extras such as nail art is a problem. Oh I could go on and on... houses which are far from desirable and not feeling safe........... Then again I do love my job and mostly I do feel safe! Each to there own I guess
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By Tessnails on 05-09-06, 07:32 PM
being mobile

i love the one to one with the clients but you are right trying to get a client base is hard and then the client not being there what do you do about this you got all your thing then no one home.or there later on need to sort the kids out and the dog so you are kept wait and you smile and say no that ok but you try and do you best but you see them smile at the end of it and they are over the moon and you know it was a good thing you did and your please until the next time
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By HAILZTONES on 05-09-06, 07:58 PM
Smile Pro's outway the con's

Great thread!

I'm a Mobile Nail Technician and I couldn't agree more with everything you said, but I feel the Pro's far outway the Con's and I love being mobile. The best thing about it is being your own boss and fitting your clients around your life. I don't fit my work around my clients lives. I could work 4/5 evenings a week if it was up to my clients, but I have a life too and I thought if I'm going to continue in this business I have to be strict and only work one or two evenings a week, otherwise I will get fed up and pack it in! Allbeit if it was a really good regular client who only could do that particular eve then I would go to her rather than lose her business.
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By dingbat on 19-09-06, 06:58 PM
mobile manicurist

Thanks, I am thinking about going mobile, but as you say"all the things you have to take with you" How much do you have to take, what about a table and can you store barbicide in a plastic container?
I have sent some leaflets out but no reply
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