Friday, 5 December 2008

A Manicure and Pedicure Business from Scratch

A Manicure and Pedicure Business from ScratchEvery City, Town and Village has a manicure or pedicure specialist, but the demand goes on for more in this ever-busy world. People just need their hand and feet to be pampered just as they need to go to the hairdresser regularly. Ever thought about doing this yourself?

It is a safe and sociable business, there always work around and you don't need much to set it yourself up. The qualifications needed can be completed within a week to a few months depending on the type of course you take. It can be done on a full time or part-time basis if you already work. Other than that just a small table and two chairs and your manicure/pedicure tools and you have a business.

I know many women who work door-to-door giving manicure or pedicure services. It pays well they have a regular customers and they love the work. For some it has taken a few years to establish their business, that in the main was because they just knew how to manicure and not market their services. With the marketing in place they would have had secure regular profits within six weeks of qualifying. Most just use word of mouth and don't really push themselves outside their circle of friends and family.

A Manicure and Pedicure Business from ScratchWhether you want to work from home, being mobile or in a salon you will need a validated certificate to practice your work. This will also be necessary to get you insurance, essential for any work done by a Nail Technician on human hands. There are many different certificates and qualification you can work towards, it really depends on which area you wish to focus on. The best advice is to see what course are around, what they have to offer and whether you feel that it is for you.

Some Manicure and Pedicure course give training for acrylic and sculptured nails, maintenance and removal. Theoretical content will be included covering, Health and Safety, Nail Structure and Growth Prevention and Repair of damage.

Course fees are on average around £500- £600, you need no formal entry qualifications needed to join most courses. If you see cheaper fees it is mainly because they either don't offer a validated course or it is not a full manicure of pedicure course. So watch out that you are not being hoodwinked onto an inferior course. If in doubt look for another source of training.

Some further education establishments also provide the following:
  • Childcare provision
  • Support for physical disabilities
  • Support for hearing impairment
  • Support for visual impairment
  • Support for learning difficulties
  • Support for people whose main language is not English
  • Free Guidance and advice service
Whatever your circumstance there is room for you. There are hundreds of courses you can take up not only in the UK but also in other countries. With these courses you normally get a qualification at the end of it. Here is a list of a few I have just pulled out of the bag:


The list is endless, there is bound to be one near you.

Don't ever think that this is just women's work, there is a demand for men to practice this and there should be no discrimination if a man wants to take up this work.

A Manicure and Pedicure Business from ScratchOnce you have qualified the work really begins with the marketing that was touched on before. The time and effort you put in marketing yourself will be rewarded. Business cards, networking, an Internet site, advertising in shop windows and supermarket ads, local newspaper all need to be worked on. Get to know every single hairdressing shop in the area. If you play your cards right, they may offer you a corner of their shop to work in! Push yourself and don’t forget the word of mouth to friends and family, this is also part of the networking system.

Good luck!

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