Looking to be your own boss, create your own schedule, build your brand and a clientele? Mobile services just might be the perfect fit for you.
This rapidly growing service provides clients with the ability to request on-call stylists via web, app, and phone directly. This allows clients the most convenient and relaxing styling experience without leaving the comfort of their home. It also allows you, the stylist and nail technician, to create a schedule that works for your needs to further your goals.
Not just limited to hair styling, these services employ the best pro makeup artists, nail technicians and hairstylists to provide glam on-the-go! Think of this as the Uber of the beauty world—on-call styling available when and where you need it.
One of the top players in mobile services is beGlammed which was founded in 2014 by beauty industry veteran and celebrity makeup artist Maile Pacheco with the aim to bring a variety of beauty services to clients across the United States. Clients can choose from two pricing tiers, expert and elite, to best determine the type of professional they want for their service.
Along with the mobile services that beGlammed provides, they also have a large celebrity client base, and packages for weddings, which make up about 25 percent of their business. Stylists also have the opportunity to apply to be a part of corporate event teams for VIP events, working with brands such as Nike, WB, Urban Decay, NARS, Too-Faced, Beauty Blender, R+Co, Fromm Cosmetics, Milk Makeup, and more.
“Our professional community of hairstylists, makeup artists and nail technicians can expect increased monthly earnings, for many on average of an additional $1,000-$2,000 a month,” says Jennifer Musselman, beGlammed’s Chief Strategy Officer. “The kind of stylist who works with us wants more control over her work schedule while developing a regular customer base. We literally deliver jobs to your inbox!”
beGlammed isn’t a just a mobile services provider and pipeline for new business ventures—they invest in their stylists, aiming to elevate your knowledge and provide a great experience for you and your client. If you’re looking to start heading out on your own as a stylist without the costs normally associated with starting your own freelance business, you may just find that mobile services is exactly what you need.
Regarding certifications required for providing mobile services, most states require those doing hairstyling to be certified cosmetologists. Nail technicians can work in certain places under specific nail certifications, while makeup artists are chosen based on years of experience and technique.
In addition to the mobile services that beGlammed offers, they also provide insurance coverage for many beauty professionals. However, because you will be working in a variety of locations such as clients’ homes, hotel rooms, and on-site events—where tools and products may not be stored safely—stylists should consider purchasing their own professional liability insurance.
Elite Beauty Insurance provides $1,000 of stolen equipment coverage within their policy, which can keep you in practice if you’re products or tools are broken or stolen while traveling.
Some key tips for becoming a part of the mobile services that beGlammed offers, include ensuring your online profiles are updated with your best work as well as a steady social media presence.
“One of the easiest ways for beGlammed to pre-vet your work is on Instagram. We’ve had clients request to switch stylists because they were able to locate them on Instagram and liked their work. Plus our celebrity and bridal customers are especially interested in our artists and technicians’ work, so if you want to book these high-price point appointments, your personal brand needs to represent your skill-set and professionalism.”, says Jennifer Musselman. “So much of our business is more than skill, it’s personality match-making. Your online and in-person branding needs to represent your style, attitude, customer-delivery and overall presentation.”
So if you feel like you are looking to start a career as a solo stylist, makeup artist or nail technician, give mobile services a try—it's a decision you won't regret.