Become A Self-Employed Nail Technician

October 26, 2013 by Emily hall  
Published in Fashion

Beauty therapy is one of those professions that sort of exists in a qualification limbo. You don’t have to any formal experience.

Yet, there are very few salons willing to hire an individual who doesn’t have an NVQ or similarly accredited qualification. It’s certainly not the only career that fits into this rather curious category. You don’t have to have any qualifications to be a nanny, a plumber or even a police officer, says journalist Rachel Burge. 

The good thing about this is that starting up your own business isn’t all that difficult. Obviously, you can’t start up your own police service, but you can become a self employed nail technician. In fact, it’s probably a lot easier than you think. It does require a lot of hard work, though. Don’t let the title of ‘beauty therapist’ fool you – the job itself can be extremely demanding. Here’s a guide to starting up your own nail art company.

First things first, it’s absolutely vital that you make a decision about whether or not to pursue a qualification. It isn’t a legal requirement, but you will run into a lot of customers who expect you to have some form of accreditation. It is, of course, your right to refuse these customers if they make a fuss about the fact that you haven’t got a qualification. It’s not a good idea, though. In fact, it’s pretty much death to a brand new business.

According to the experts at, studying for an NVQ before you set up your own business, can be a very worthwhile endeavour. It does take time and it will take money, if you decide to learn with a private company or institution. Yet, it will open up so many doors for you and your business. Customers want to feel safe with their beauty professionals – they want to know that their treatments will be performed according to strict hygiene regulations. The courses offered by companies like Essential Nails are designed to teach you the basics of salon hygiene and safety.

Your NVQ will be evidence that you are fully skilled and capable – you’re not just some hack who’s flirting with a new career path. Hang it proudly in your place of business and customers will assume that you have an excellent reputation, even if you haven’t been open long enough to garner much of a reputation yet. It’s important to be aware of the fact that just because you don’t have to earn the qualification, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a useful thing to possess.

When it comes to setting up your own nail business, there are three main options. You can establish a base at your own house and run the company from home, say the experts at You can look for an already established salon with a vacancy for a self employed nail technician. Or you can advertise the business as a mobile venture and travel to customer’s homes, in order to perform treatments. The courses offered by companies like Essential Nails will give you the knowhow and confidence necessary to achieve all three of these options.

All three of these options are viable – the one that you pick will depend on your own strengths and personality. It can be much harder to set up a mobile venture, especially if you’re newly qualified and are trying to build up a name for yourself. It’s probably better to establish your company as a static service, at least at first. When the customers start to increase, it might then be time to start looking into more mobile opportunities.

If you don’t have the option of setting up business at home, or you don’t quite have the confidence to strike out independently just yet – why not think about joining forces with an established nail salon? Lots of salons choose to hire their nail technicians on a term to term basis, rather than as a permanent fixture. Do some research and find out if there are any nail tables going free at the salons in your local area. You could be surprised at what you find.

Liked it

Tell us what you're thinking...

comments powered by Disqus