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Setting Up Your Own Nail Technician Business

Of all the areas of beauty treatment available, nail work is by far one of the most popular. Because of this, setting up as a nail technician and starting your own business is a potentially lucrative plan, that could let you forge an enjoyable career on your own terms.

With any business, though, it's important to make the right preparations and understand what you're getting yourself into before you start.

While working as a nail technician doesn't have some of the legal complications and confusing regulations that some types of business do, there are still a few things you should start arranging if you want to get your own business off the ground.

Training and licensing

At the moment, there's no particular license or certificate needed in Australia to practise as a nail technician. However, this could change in the future.

Either way, it's well worth seeking training from a reputable beauty school, even if you're already confident in your skills. You'll gain certification that may be valid in the event of a change in the law, which will put you ahead of any competitors who haven't bothered. It will also instil a great deal of confidence in your clients, helping you attract business and look as professional as possible.

Finding a premises

Renting a shop or treatment room can be expensive, but you might be able to find some bargain rentals. Properties above other businesses are often far cheaper than those with a dedicated shop front, and as long as you can put a sign outside, you'll still be able to lure clients in.

Another option is to work from home, but there are some legal factors you'll need to deal with if you do. First of all, check the terms of your lease or mortgage, as this might restrict you from running a business at home. This can sometimes be changed if you have a chat with the landlord or mortgage provider. You'll also need to check with your local authority that you don't need any additional permits.

Naming your business

Once you've thought of a good name for your nail business, you'll need to register it with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Although this might be a bit of a pain, it offers you protection by stopping anyone else operating under the same name.

Arranging the right kind of insurance

The most important thing to get sorted is insurance. In addition to a policy covering your stock and equipment in case of damage, you'll also need public liability insurance. If you're operating from home, you'll need to change your existing insurance, so get in touch with your provider without delay.