Can estheticians work from home? Yes, they absolutely can! In fact there are many that do. But not everyone has the skillset needed to make it as an independent contractor.
Estheticians are highly skilled professionals who specialize in skin care services and have highly specialized and valuable skills for which their clients pay top dollar.
They’ve spent enormous amounts of time building up years of experience perfecting their craft and honing their skills. It can take years of training and practice to become an expert esthetician.
Estheticians usually work in upscale cosmetology salons, spas or medical facilities, doing similar work offering services like exfoliation and facial treatments, waxing, makeup applications and other such procedures.
But what if you’re an esthetician who doesn’t want to work for a salon or you want to branch out on your own?
If you’re interested in working from home as an esthetician, then read on. I’ll share with you how you can make a great living as an esthetician without having to commute every day.
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Can estheticians work from anywhere?
In general, estheticians are able to work from a variety of locations, including a traditional salon or spa, a medical office, or their own home.
However, the specific rules and regulations governing the practice of esthetics may vary depending on the location and we’ll get more into that in a minute.
It is important for estheticians to research and understand the specific requirements and regulations that apply to their practice in order to ensure that they are able to work legally and safely.
First, make sure you have fulfilled the education requirements to become a licensed esthetician
To become an esthetician, individuals typically need to complete a cosmetology program at a vocational school or community college. These programs typically last between six and twelve months and cover a range of topics, including skin anatomy and physiology, sanitation and sterilization, and various techniques for performing skin treatments. Some states may require estheticians to complete additional coursework in subjects such as chemistry or biology.
For instance, here in Florida, to become a licensed esthetician, you have to complete a program approved the Florida Board of Cosmetology that is comprised of a minimum of 260 hours of educational training under a trained and credentialed esthetician instructor.
After completing a cosmetology program, aspiring estheticians must pass a licensing exam to practice in their state. The requirements for this exam vary by state, but typically include both a written and a practical component. The written portion of the exam typically covers topics such as skin care principles, product ingredients, and state laws and regulations related to the practice of esthetics. The practical portion typically involves demonstrating various skin care techniques on a live model.
In addition to formal education and licensing, many estheticians choose to pursue additional training and certifications in specialized areas of esthetics. These may include advanced techniques such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels, or certifications in specific product lines or treatment methods. Completing additional training and certifications can help estheticians expand their skill set and increase their marketability to clients.
Then you have to make sure you have the right licensing in place
Now that you understand the importance of the industry related regulation, now it’s important to know what kind of licensing you need to have in place to set up your shop at home.
Estheticians provide a wide range of different services:
- Facial treatments
- Chemical peels
- Eyebrow shaping
- Eyelash extensions
- Makeup application and use of cosmetic preparations
- Body wraps
- Massage therapy
- Nail services (manicures and pedicures)
- Lash and brow tinting
- Skin care consultations
- Ear candling
- Laser hair removal
- Anti-aging treatments
- Acne treatments
- Body scrubs and exfoliation
Obviously not all of those can be done from a home salon business. But some can. And because of that, it’s important to know what type of license you need to provide those services.
Obtaining a valid esthetician license is an essential step for anyone who wants to work from a home-based shop. In order to obtain a license, estheticians must complete the necessary training and education requirements, as well as pass a written and practical exam. These requirements vary by state, so it is important to check with your state’s board of cosmetology to determine what is needed in order to obtain a license.
Once you have obtained your esthetician license, it’s important to keep it current. Don’t let it expire. That just creates a bigger headache for you.
Keeping your license current usually involves completing a certain number of continuing education hours, as well as paying a renewal fee. Failure to renew your license before it expires can result in your license becoming invalid, which can prevent you from providing esthetician services legally.
But it’s not just the license for your practice that you need to worry about. You need to make sure that you’re up to speed with all the appropriate general business license requirements for your city, state, county, etc.
In virtually all situations there are regulations and rules about business licensing that apply to your practice. This may include obtaining a business license from your local government, as well as ensuring that your home meets all of the necessary health and safety standards, which could mean inspections by someone associated with the health department.
By understanding and complying with these regulations and rules, estheticians can operate their home-based shop in a legal and professional manner.
Next, you have to understand the regulations and rules surrounding home-based estheticians
If you’ve been working at a cosmetology salon and would like to branch out on your own, it’s important that you understand all the legal and regulatory requirements – you don’t want your license to be subject to disciplinary action because you didn’t understand everything that’s required.
Keep in mind, this is not legal advice, and I’m not a lawyer, so I recommend you talk to a private attorney if you have any questions or concerns at all about any of the laws regarding what’s required for starting a new business in your state or any of the administrative rules for the beauty industry.
The importance of understanding the regulations and rules surrounding home-based estheticians cannot be overstated. These regulations and rules are put in place by your state board of cosmetology (which can be found with a simple Google search) not only to ensure that estheticians are providing high-quality services to their clients in a safe and legal manner, but also to protect estheticians themselves.
Failing to understand and comply with these regulations and rules can lead to serious consequences for estheticians, including fines, license revocation, and other penalties that can make your life miserable.
In addition, providing services without a valid license can put your actual clients at risk, because estheticians who are not properly trained and licensed may not be equipped to handle potential health and safety issues that may arise during any given service provided.
Because of these things, it’s absolutely crucial for estheticians who want to set up shop and work from home to familiarize themselves with the regulations and rules that apply to their practice.
This includes stuff like understanding the requirements for obtaining and renewing a license, the regulations for operating a salon from your home, and the rules for providing mobile esthetician services.
By understanding these regulations and rules, estheticians can ensure that they are providing high-quality services to their clients in a safe and legal manner.