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“Although we’re working in paperless offices more and more, the humble business card is still a mainstay of business. If you haven’t got a card you can give out to prospective clients or collaborators, you’re missing out on a key marketing opportunity”. –Creative Bloq
Business cards are the best marketing return on investment
Start with a pack of 500 because you will want to give out a lot in the beginning. The following tips will help you get the most out of your business cards:
Always keep a stack of cards in your purse or car.
Don’t be afraid to approach someone and compliment them on their nails or hair and tell them that if they are ever in need of a new stylist, beautician (or whatever your business is), to contact you.
If you’re in a professional setting always ask someone for their business card first before you hand them yours.
If you can, make them a unique shape, size, or texture so they stand out. “For all their wonderful designs, business card templates should be looked at for what they really are: very effective advertising tools that can help you get more leads, clients, and revenue”. –Creative Market-
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Not sure where to put your business cards?
Leave 2 or 3 in each of these locations:
School teachers lounge
Apartment building mailboxes
All houses or businesses with a 20 block radius
Marathon race packages
In your Avon Ladies catalogs (or like mlm rep)
Every store at the mall
Vehicle maintenance shops
Local businesses who will put them in their shopping bags
University or college
Children’s activity centers
On the table when you leave a restaurant or coffee shop
A lot of business owners ask me about cost-cutting measures you can do in the salon. One way I keep my service costs low is to source out my regular supplies such as nail files, buffers, towel, and other sundry items through various wholesalers. I have found the cheapest place to get spa supplies and I want to share that with you.
A couple of years ago, before the Canadian dollar dropped, we could order a ton of supplies out of the United States and get a reasonable deal but when the dollar dropped that all stopped. One thing I had done was to order products through Amazon and through eBay and I could get items for cheap. I looked at the return packages. I noticed they were coming directly from China or another far away country like that.
I did my research, and I found this nifty little website you could get all kinds of products for super cheap direct from the manufacturer. You can literally get almost anything. I have tried some of the beauty products and gel polishes and some of the beauty masks and stuff but a lot of them are Asian beauty products are not regulated like they are in Canada. I’m always hesitant to purchase it for my clients, but for myself, I’ll try anything.
I’ve been ordering products and supplies for a number of years from this website and because of that, I was able to work out a deal with the company to get an affiliate link. Any products you order by clicking on the links on this website I will get a commission for. This commission does not get added to your price of the product so it doesn’t cost you anything.
I’ve done the research I found the best sellers. I’ve put together a list of the items I order and who I order from. If you click on the link so you can just order it directly from the company.
One site I order from is Aliexpress. The site can be overwhelming and there are different ways of figuring out who is verified and who is not. In my years of ordering from them, I’ve only ever had one or two problems. The only downside is sometimes it can take up to 2 months to receive your item. I use this site rarely now as I am in love with Amazon. Here is the link anyways for you to take a look at some of the items you can get.
In my post, I’ve included some direct links or you can also just search around on site. Remember when your purchase through any of the links through my website it helps paid for my website and the hours I spent researching which suppliers are the best. I’m hoping this helps you guys I’ve always been the type of person to figure out where the cheapest nail file is where I can get a nail file for $0.03 vs $0.07. When you’re a home-based or small business every single dollar counts.
So where is the cheapest place to get spa supplies?
Nail Stamp Plates
Nail Art Kits
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Accounting and taxes for self-employed estheticians, nail techs, lash techs and more
Tax time can be stressful.
Especially if you are in your first year of business. If this part of your business freaks you out call a professional! Self-employed estheticians, nail techs, lash techs are very capable of doing their own accounting and taxes. If you are a DIYer or need to save money and have the time available on your hands to do a little digging than keep reading.
How I manage my accounting and taxes
Accounting and taxes for self-employed estheticians can actually be pretty easy once you have everything prepared.
Waveapps is the accounting software that I use for my business. It’s free! (unless you buy some of the addons which, I never have) It’s easy and cloud-based. I sometimes refer to it as “Accounting for dummies”. And if you’re self-employed or home-based this accounting software is perfect for you!
If you need a little more direction or maybe some phone support another inexpensive option is Quickbooks. Quickbooks is popular among all types and sizes of business because it is easy to use and inexpensive. They also offer a lot of support in the form of webinars, tutorials and chat boxes. This is a great starting point for newbies
They have a fantastic Self-Employed option which is super inexpensive. QuickBooks Self-Employed connects to your bank so you can easily categorize income and expenses, capture and match receipts, send invoices, and automatically track mileage so you will be ready come tax time.
You can also have the ability to connect the apps you know and love with QuickBooks Online to keep your business running smoothly.
They also have a no obligation test drive option so you can try it out before you invest your money!
What about income taxes?
Once you have your year of paperwork, Get your Turbo tax ready. Click on the link below to find the best program for you. TurboTax is also known to me as “Income tax for dummies”. It basically just walks you through the whole process by asking you questions.
When you are home-based, or self-employed you can fill out one return for your business and personal income tax. So, have all your personal information such as medical receipts or job t4 slips or anything else you would provide for your income tax return.
Watch the video because it explains it perfectly!
Also, I should mention that Turbo Tax has a great Refund policy!
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Dr. Numb® is an OTC (Over-the-Counter) Topical Anesthetic Cream (commonly known as numbing cream) that contains 5% lidocaine. It produces temporary numbness or loss of sensation of the skin and its surrounding tissues after its application. It is primarily used for relief of pain associated with skin conditions and dermal procedures.
One of the very first questions every client asks is “how do I prevent pain during waxing”. Easy. Numbing cream. Then they follow up with “which is the best one in the industry?” Easy. Dr. Numb. For all my first time clients I apply numbing cream to the area to take the sting out of the wax. No wax service is ever 100% painless but at least using numbing cream you can make it more bearable.
Numbing cream is an easy upsell for anyone in the waxing industry. You can offer it to every client when they are booking their appointment. Offer it as a one-time application and apply it to each client at the beginning of their waxing appointment (This is an easy $5 upgrade) or you can sell the entire tube so they can apply it before coming for better effect. Either way, it’s a great retail item and is guaranteed to make you a little more cash.
This prepack is perfect for anyone in the spa industry that does :
Non-invasive and Hypoallergenic
Completely reversible and does not produce any residual effect on the nerve fiber
Rapid onset of action (10-15 mins)
Duration of action lasts up to 4 hours
May be reapplied to prolong the numbness as necessary
Does not cause irritation of tissues and nerves
Contains Vitamin E for faster skin recovery
Applicable to all skin types
How to sell it:
Sell the entire tube to your clients individually to take the sting out of upcoming appointments. Each tube retails for $64 That’s a profit of over $35 per tube!
Add it as an add-on to services and charge per application. The average esthetician charges $5 extra per application
Include it in the cost of your service for a less painful experience. (which will make for a happier customer and they will be more likely to return)
Essentials for starting your home based esthetics business
Top items you need to start working from home and where to get them
Many of the items in this post contain affiliate links. I will receive a portion of the sales at no cost to you if you choose to purchase these items. One thing I found really useful when comparing items was to add them to my Amazon cart so I could look at everything side by side and work out my budget. You can even print that list out and as you purchase items either from online or local beauty suppliers cross the items off the list like a visual goal. I’ll do my best to keep this list up to date.
You should still price shop and compare it to your local supplier. I do want to advocate that you should try to shop local but for a lot of estheticians who are starting in small towns can’t always drive to the local supplier. Some suppliers do deliver so keep that in mind too.
If you find something that you think would be valuable to the readers please let me know. I want to make this process as easy as possible for you. I also want to mention if you plan on purchasing regular products from Amazon you might want to invest in a Prime membership. While I don’t purchase professional products from Amazon, I do purchase a lot of equipment and disposables and it is really helpful to get the times delivered in 2 days with free shipping!
Some items may not be available in your country.
A good desk that fits you correct is essential to doing business. When choosing a desk keep in mind the storage options. If you don’t have a lot of storage in your new workspace look at a desk with a lot of cupboards and storage. You also might want one with a build in fan or spot for a nail lamp if you do nails.
“The beginner’s desk” – I like this desk because it is very inexpensive. It’s on wheels so you could move it around your room easily if you have a tight space. it also comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The downside to the table is that there is no storage
“Middle of the pack” I wanted to show you this one because it’s fairly inexpensive and comes with a bonus chair!!!
“The deluxe” This is a great desk because of all the amazing storage! It also comes with an electric downdraft nail vent and a free LED lamp
“What to do if your really short table” I have this problem. I had to find a table that was short enough to cut the legs off by 2 inches. I also decorated it with peel and stick tiles to make it easier to clean. When my clients and fellow estheticians asked about it I reminded them that I was the one sitting at it for 8 hours and that they only had to tolerate it for 2 hours. For this reason, I purchased chairs that were comfortable and adjustable for my clients and I”
It is important to choose a chair that is adjustable and rolls easily. Also, you will want to choose one that can easily be cleaned.
“The basic” This is a great simple chair with a back on it.
“The deluxe” I like this chair because it comes in 5 colors, is easily cleanable and is on wheels. I actually have this one for both my client and I. If the wheels break you can find replacements on Amazon too.
“The uber ergonomic” If you intend to sit all day at your nail desk you might want to try an ergonomic specialty chair. I have never used one but I know a number of nail techs who swear by them. I like this one because it can be easily cleaned.
Choose a comfortable chair that is adjustable and easily cleaned. You could really just buy 2 Esthetics chairs.
“The overall client chair” If you want a bigger chair that is a little softer and is easy to move around the room try this one! You could also try Staples, Ikea or Costco for simple client chair.
If you can afford it get an electronically adjustable bed right off the start. If you are just starting out, you may have to choose a stationary bed because they are inexpensive. One thing I have found about the beds is that you should check the nuts and bolts every once and a while to tighten them. they come loose from the constant adjustments.
“The electric bed” I have the older version of this bed and have had for a few years and I love it. It’s held up really well and there are no cracks in the material. I haven’t had any problems with the electrical either. I really wish I purchased this bed at the beginning of my career!
“The everyday basic bed” This is an excellent bed if you can’t afford an electric bed. Its height is not adjustable but the head and foot portion are. I worked in a place with one of these bed and it was fine.
“The least expensive” This bed is height adjustable, portable and very inexpensive. It’s a great option if you are just starting out and are on a very limited budget. It also comes in another color and easily resellable if you are able to upgrade your bed at a later time.
Most estheticians will have just one wax pot. If you do a lot of waxing or use multiple types of wax, you should have 2 or more. No matter what pots you choose make sure they fit the cans of wax that you regularly use as well as are regular North American plugins. Also, I keep mine plugged into coffee timers so they turn on at 7 am every day and off at 8 pm.
“The workhorse” I’ve had this Satin Smooth pot for 4 years and have never had a problem. The one before that lasted 5 years. It’s a great little warmer.
“The double” I also have this one and have had it for 6 years. I took off the flip lid though. It keeps the pots consistently heated and I have never had any problems.
A trolley with good wheels makes your life a lot easier. If you can choose a metal one that is easy to clean and has storage. Try to find one that has larger wheels so that it moves around easily.
I have this Ikea one and have had it for 6 years. Costco had similar ones too.
“Professionaltrolley” I found this one on Amazon and really like it. It has good reviews and looks like it would fit a couple of wax pots.
“The roll about cart“- I like this one because of all the storage solutions. I also really like the adjustable storage trays.
After plenty of towel mishaps, I can tell you for sure the best towels are salon professional towels. Regular home towels don’t cut it and fall apart.
“The best quality” and you can’t beat the price. These towels will wash nicely and stay in good condition for years. I’ve had the same ones for 7 years. And they come in so many other colors! I purchase one set for facials (white) and one set for hands and feet (brown)
“Microfiber” I also have these and they are great quality and have lasted for over 6 years. They also come in multiple colors.
A paraffin pot is essential for add-on services. They can be inexpensive and pay for themselves in a short period.
“The Workhorse“- I have had this exact pot for 10 years and its still in perfect condition. You can buy refills at your beauty supplier or online. I always bought large freezer bags at the dollar store to use once I ran out of the original plastic baggies.
“The best seller” This one is Amazons’s best seller. It’s quite a bit bigger and its digital. It has a lot of great reviews and looks like good quality.
One way to cut down on paper waste and disposable products is to purchase sheets instead of paper for waxing clients. Purchase a regular twin pack. If you can choose a pattern so that any oil spills or stains don’t show up.
“Amazon special” You can pick sheets up pretty inexpensively anywhere but if you watch on Amazon you can get a set for less than $15 every once and a while. I have a couple of these sets and they wash really well. I also want to mention that if you go to Costco online you buy a bucket of detergent for about $109. It’s Nelly’s brand and will last you a couple of years (about 1100 loads).
There is always going to be an awkward silence so have a radio or cell phone docking station in your room to keep it minimal.
Place your clock in the direction that you face the most. You’ll be able to keep an eye on the time without seeming rude for checking the time
“All in one stereo” This one is everything all in one. you can doc your iPhone on it or use it with your android phone via blue tooth. You can also charge your own phone on it. I have Amazon prime so I get free Amazon music which is awesome.
“Honourable mention” This one is my next purchase. It’s beautiful and sleek. It connects via blue tooth so its perfect.
You can start with just a small collection of polish and add to your collection as you go along. Check your local suppliers for and deals they have. Amazon is not really a good place to get really good quality nail polish unless there is a specific color you are looking for. Also, check online professional groups because sometimes people are looking to get rid of lots of nail polish for really cheap. I like Born Pretty too!
Kit #1– I love everything in this kit. It’s perfect for someone who is just getting into nail art or just getting into the business. I like that it also includes a storage kit!
Kit #2 -This is another great kit and it would make an excellent gift for anyone just starting out. There are also a ton of rhinestones which make for an easy upsell to clients.
Always have plenty of tweezers on hand. Then you can sanitize them at the end of the day or week. they also make great retail items
“Tweezer set” I have 5 sets of these and they are pretty much my go tos. They stay sharp and work well.
“Amazon’s bestseller” -This one comes very highly rated on Amazon and is pretty inexpensive so you could easily stock up on a few of these.
Uv lamp- The lamp will depend on what type of nail products you are using but there are some universal ones out there. I highly recommend purchasing the lamp that goes with the product line that you will be using. These can be purchased through your local nail supplier.
“Universal nail lamp” This one is inexpensive and has sold over 775 with a decent rating on Amazon. I like that it also has an auto on/off sensor too.
“The top seller” This is another one of Amazon’s top sellers with a ton of really great reviews.
Sanitizer tray– These should last you forever! Make sure you are using the correct procedures for sanitizing! It is essential to get one of the trays that has a little basket and a lid! They are pretty much all the same. I’ve had the same one for 10 years!
Broom and dustpan– A given. Keep a separate boom in your room. I found that my broom has to be replaced every few years because little bits of wax get built up in it and you don’t want to spread those little bits of wax through your house.
Bookcase- You’ll need something to store supplies, and product.
“Bookcase” I love the look of this one and it looks easy to set up.
Laptop- If you not planning on watching movies on it, and are just using it for business-related tasks and or social media you don’t need a very expensive one.
“Laptop“- You can’t beat the price of this one and it actually has great reviews on Amazon!
Lamp- Good lighting is essential to perform exceptional services. It also prevents eye strain!
“Top Seller” This little lap is amazing. It’s on roller wheels and has a magnifying part.
The Clip-on” I have a clip on lamp just like it an I love that I can clip it around the room and don’t have a big base to have to work around. This lamp has sold over 2000 and has great reviews!
“The best selling desk lamp” When I was searching for a lamp I came across this beauty and I’m gonna order one this week. It looks fantastic! The lamp has a USB charging port, 4 lighting modes with 5 brightness levels, and 1-Hour Timer. This would look so sleek on a nail desk!
Pedicure Station. When you first start doing esthetics you could either invest in an all in one chair, provide laydown pedicures (where the client soaks their feet first then gets up on a bed and lays down for a pedicure) or Jimmy one up for yourself. This is what I did. In fact, Nails magazine did a little write up about it once.
“Footsie bath” I had the same footsie bath for 7 years. Then I sold it used to another tech when I quit doing pedicures. I never had one single issue with it. I loved that the liners are disposable so you don’t have to risk client safety.
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5 years ago I felt like my business was at a standstill. I felt like no matter what I did I couldn’t seem to get any new clients in the door. After reading 23 books about how to get new clients in the service industry I found the one way the consistently built my business up with barely any effort.
This is a free guide to building your business with referrals. It works for anyone in the service industry and anyone can do it. Feel free to share this page with your friends and fellow professionals and help each other build your businesses.
Because I love it and it’s perfect for my business and family.
It’s no secret that I order a ton of stuff from Amazon online. I order everything from waxing sticks to gluten-free pretzels. It’s uber convenient and I save a ton of time shopping. Also, I use a lot of the prime benefits for my business. It’s not just the free shipping I love, it’s the free music that I can play in my studio. The Amazon family discount is awesome for ordering paper towel and cleaning supplies too! It’s cheap enough for the whole year that it pays for itself easily.Read More …
I often get asked what some of my favorite nail art supplies are. I’m going to start a series of posts based on some of them. Let me know if there are any products you think I should try out! When you click on the items on this page you will be directed to the Amazon page to purchase them or find out more. Read More …
If you can’t raise your prices how do you increase your profits in your salon or spa? You cut costs. If you are a small business you have to learn how to cut costs in order to stay profitable. You’ll be surprised at some of the small cuts you can make to keep more money in your pocket. Read More …
When I was in esthetics school over 10 years ago I had a teacher who once said to me: If you know how much every wax stick cost you will be more likely to be successful in your business than the esthetician who doesn’t.
My business comprises of 95% waxing clients. And I can tell you how much each stick costs. I can also tell you how much cotton, numbing spray etc I pay to use on each client. It’s easy. Take the cost of a stick a divide by the amount in the box.
When you go through 10,000 sticks a month .01 vs.03 makes a difference at the end of the month. You should do this with all of your supplies. Those little bits of savings adds up.
Now you need to know where to get the best price. I price shop a variety of beauty suppliers, wholesale clubs, Walmart, and Amazon. I know the golden rule is to buy all of your supplies from a beauty supplier. But you don’t have to. I actually only buy what I call “core products” from suppliers. My core supplies are “wax & pre and post-wax products. The rest I source everywhere else. (Unless the supplier has a sale that matches what I can get elsewhere)
I keep a page of notes on what waxing supplies I need to have on hand at all times, where my first choice to purchase and my second choice to purchase and the cost. I also keep track of how much I use per month. As a rule, I always keep at least 1 month of supplies on hand and when I can get it on sale for 3 months.
I’ll share with you what I have found in regards to waxing supplies. Keep in mind I am in Regina, Saskatchewan so your suppliers may have lower prices but It is worth taking a look at each one to see what they have to offer.
My #1 – Beauty Cult-Edmonton– By far the best customer service I have ever dealt with in regards to suppliers. They also carry my favorite brand of wax, Berodin. This is where I spend the most money on my business
My back up- Intercosmetics– They carry a wide variety of supplies but also carry my wax
Sticks have always been a pain in my ass. I was getting them from the local craft wholesale club by the box of 1000. But they stopped being able to get those and I would have to buy them buy the 100. Every time I went I would buy everything they had in stock. I’m sure they bought bigger cases of these sticks then repackage them but they won’t sell me the case. I was ordering them from walmart.ca but the ones in the orange box (Horizon brand) became the worst quality and full of splinters. I stuck them all in the camper for kindling to start fires.
Then I was buying the dollar store brand. I literally bought everything they had in stock and would have to go to multiple stores to buy them all. (I’m pretty sure I was called the annoying popsicle stick lady) After doing this for a while the quality of the sticks became crappy and unusable as well.
I go through gallons of this stuff. I am an avid supporter of PREmpt products. You can get this at most beauty suppliers or janitorial businesses. In my experience, the surcharge for shipping these products isn’t worth it so check out what’s available in your city. Please familiarize yourself with current Sanitation & Disinfection protocols.
I personally don’t use paper. I use twin sheets or extra large towels. Clients prefer the feel of sheets and once you build up a big supply it’s just one extra load of laundry a week when you are changing the sheets between each client. (Tip- buy sheets that have patterns in order to hide oil stains. Also, color waxes can stain sheets as well)
Beauty Cult has an amazing bed cover that is super easy to clean in between clients!
BERODIN BED COVER
I go through hundreds of tweezers every week because I use a fresh tweezer for each client. I usually buy a bulk set and keep some on hand for clients to purchase as retail. These Kiss ones are my favorite:
Kiss Slant Tip Tweezers Tub 72-Count
I give all my clients exfoliation gloves. It makes my job easier when clients are exfoliating properly. I order the ones below.
My wax goes on at 7 am and off at 7pm every day! I love that my wax is the perfect temperature right when I start work.
I highly recommend in investing in an Amazon Prime Account. I love the 2-day shipping, prime deals. prime tv and music. For some this may be a business expense.
Again. I want to reiterate that it is important to support local businesses, but you also have to think about cost savings in your business to stay afloat. Many of my colleagues work in rural locations. Also being in Canada we don’t have the same kind of access to some of the products that our US or UK counterparts have. It is also risky ordering online because you never know what you are going to get or where it comes from. If you choose to order directly from the wholesaler that’s great! I highly recommend the staff at Beauty Cult.
I also want to mention that some of these supplies may not be available in Canada and some may not be available in the US.
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