Essentials for starting your home-based esthetics business
Top items you need to start working from home and where to get them
Are you starting your esthetics or spa business from home? Are you considering room renting for your new business venture? Then this blog post is for you.
When you are just starting your business, it can be overwhelming to think about the number of supplies you need to start your home-based esthetics business. It can also be daunting to think about the money you have to spend initially.
I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to have those feelings, so I want to help guide you on your journey.
Some important things to remember are:
•Keep every receipt for your accounting and taxes. Have an envelope to keep the receipts in. If it’s an online purchase, make a special file on your desktop to move the receipts into.
•You should still price shop and compare it to your local supplier. I want to advocate that you try to shop locally, but many 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.
Items that some estheticians forget:
Business Insurance– It is crucial! You need to protect yourself, your business and your clients. We highly recommend Hiscox Insurance. It’s effortless to set up and surprisingly inexpensive!
Accounting Software– Get started on the right foot with easy use accounting software. Check out FreshBooks Features.
Amazon Prime is a valuable investment.
If you plan on purchasing regular products from Amazon, you might want to invest in a Prime Membership. While I don’t buy professional products from Amazon, I do buy a lot of equipment and disposables, and it is really helpful to get the times delivered in 2 days with free shipping! (Sometimes faster)
Essentials for starting your home-based esthetics business
Some items may not be available in your country. If an item is not available, I may have substituted it.
The following are more in-depth notes about some of the more significant pieces you will need to purchase.
If you need everything, you might want to consider a package deal.
14 in 1 Multifunction Facial Machine– Comes with Adjustable Stationary Bed with Technician Stool, Apron, and Skin Care Kit, Microdermabrasion, Galvanic, High Frequency, Massage Brush Machine, Vacuum, Spray Diffuser, Product Infuser Device, Hot & Cold Massage Hammer, Herbal Facial Steamer, Towel Warmer, Magnifying Lamp, Wood’s Lamp Skin Analyzer, Utility Bowls/Tool Holder, Storage Bin
Eco II Spa Package-includes Hydraulic Chair, Aroma Steamer, High Frequency Facial Unit with carrying case, Three shelf Trolley, Hot towel Cabinet, Single Wax Warmer.
A suitable desk that fits you correctly 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 many cupboards and storage. You also might want one with a built-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 like this one because of its high ratings and it is equipped with an electric downdraft vent that can help collect the nail dust. Besides, designed with rolling wheels, it can be pushed around pretty easily. And it comes with a LED lamp which can offer you a clear view during work as well.
“The deluxe” The Berkeley Nail Table is designed to make life easier for nail technicians and to offer enjoyable nail appointments for your customers. This Nail Table creates a high-end salon experience with the Elegant appearance of the Granite Counter-top and Hardwood Veneer table….Read More
“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 am 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 me.”
To read more about some of our favourite nail desks read this in-depth post.
It is crucial 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 adjustable chair with a back on it.
“The deluxe” I like this chair because it comes in 5 colours, is easily cleanable and is on wheels. I have this one for both my client and me. If the wheels break, you can find replacements on Amazon too.
“The uber ergonomic” f 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 several nail techs who swear by them. I like this one because you can easily clean it.
Choose a comfortable chair that is adjustable and easily cleaned. You could 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 a simple client chair.
If you can afford it, get an electronically adjustable bed right off the start. If you are just starting, 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 it for a few years, and I love it. It’s held up well, and there are no cracks in the material. I haven’t had any problems with the electrical either. I 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 beds, 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 and are on a minimal budget. It also comes in another colour and easily resellable if you can upgrade your bed at a later time.
If you want to know more about spa beds, check out our in-depth blog post-here->>
•Wax Cart/Utility Trolly
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 quickly.
I have this “Ikea Like”one and have had it for six years. Costco had similar ones too. I can not live without mine! You can also get them on Amazon.
“Professional trolley” 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 that the best towels are professional salon 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 seven years. And they come in so many other colours! I purchase one set for facials (white) and one set for hands and feet (brown).
“Microfiber” I also have these, and they are of excellent quality and have lasted for over six years. They also come in multiple colours.
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 same pot for ten years, and it’s 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 it’s digital. It has a lot of great reviews and looks like good quality.
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 to check 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 phone on it. I have Amazon prime, so I get free Amazon music which is awesome.
Good lighting is essential to perform exceptional services. It also prevents eye strain!
“Top Seller” This little lamp is amazing. It’s on roller wheels and has a magnifying part.
The Clip-on” I have a clip-on lamp just like it, and I love that I can clip it around the room and don’t have a big base to have to workaround. This lamp has sold over 2000 and has excellent reviews!
“The best selling desk lamp” When I was searching for a lamp, I came across this beauty, and I’m going to order one this week. It looks fantastic! The light has a USB charging port, four lighting modes with five brightness levels, and 1-Hour Timer. This would look so sleek on a nail desk! There have been over 18,000 sold!
When you first start doing esthetics, you could either invest in an all-in-one chair or provide laydown pedicures (where the client soaks their feet first, then get up on a bed and lie down for a pedicure). You could also work with a carpenter and build one yourself. This is what I did. Nails magazine did a little write-up about it once.
Space-Saving Storage Solution– Nails Magazine- April 2013
“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. Everyone always asks what chair this was. Human Touch makes it. They don’t make it anymore, but they do make others. This chair has lasted over 8 years and is still going!
Check out more stand-alone pedicure bowels here->>
“Pedicure Chair” You can also get inexpensive pedicure chairs built for a bowl or a footsie bath. These are pretty compact and light.
If you need some more ideas for a pedicure station check out our blog post here.
3 in 1 Aromatherapy Facial Steamer, 5x Magnifying Lamp & High-Frequency Machine- this is a great machine if you are doing facials!
Is there anything we missed? Don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know!