Business Idea
Traveling Hairstylist

This business idea is for a licensed beautician who would like to have their own business, and not pay salon chair rental fees or have the overhead and expenses of owning a salon.

Become a traveling hairstylist and provide your services on all those special occasions when people want to look their absolute best.

Weddings, proms, and family photos are just a few opportunities for at-home hair care. And this is one of those service business ideas that gives you the flexibility to set your own hours.

Instead of the bride, prom queen, or entire family running to the salon for styles that may fall apart before the big event, why not take the salon to their hair instead?

This would be an especially good earn extra money idea for a mom who would prefer to be at home during the week with her family, and then could pick up extra money on weekends doing weddings, photo shoots, fashion shows, beauty pageants and more.

There are traveling hairstylists who do just this. They work only for the clients they want to see and perform only the tasks they prefer to do.

It’s easy to keep busy with weddings and formal events on the weekends. And if you have the time and/or want to hire daycare once in awhile, you can always schedule some clients during the week too.

Setting your own hours and choosing the type of work you do are two benefits for the traveling hairdresser.

And the challenges are few, but they do exist.

First, you will need to carry your supplies with you. Second, you sometimes work in less than optimal conditions.

Dressing rooms, back stage areas, and bride's rooms sometimes have poor lighting or inadequate space. At times even finding conveniently placed electrical outlets can be a problem.

Another issue is advertising. You can't rely on walk-ins, but you can count on word-of-mouth! Distribute tons of business cards.

And start out offering your services for free if need be to build up references and word of mouth buzz.

And when working fashion shows and beauty pageants, arrange to have your business listed in the program.

Women's show booths are helpful, too. Foster good working relationships with people in the wedding service industry. They offer an endless supply of potential customers.


A twist on this business idea is to focus on senior citizens.

Many elderly women and men have difficulty arranging transportation to the salon. Even people who can't get around like they used to enjoy getting all dolled up, or at least trimmed up.

Retirement homes and assisted living centers often hire beauticians to provide services on-sight.

Some of these clients may not be able to pay as much as the beauty pageant contestants, but they will appreciate it more.

So if you are a trained beautician, but your life situation or personal preference keep you from working a regular salon job, why not take your talents to where they are truly needed?

Check out to see how one savvy hair stylist made this business idea a reality.

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