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Freelance62
June 12, 2008, 1:00pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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This is a question for all the freelance hairdressers on here.

How long roughly did it take you to build up a liveable wage?  a year? 2 years?
How long did it take to get an average of 2-3 people a week? and was this flyering pricelists through doors to start with?

I really really appreciate any replies... feeling in a bit of a rut and just want some inspiration.
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Chick10
June 14, 2008, 3:00pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hi, I had some previous salon experience and had a small client base from there, but to make a living(2-3clients/wk) it took about a year. The best advertisement is word of mouth. Where I am from its quite dangerous to go to anyone, so I never advertised and worked only on referrals. It's the best because you normally enter a family of clients and friends. If you provide a specialized services e.g. extensions, advertise in a magazine and when you meet with the client, offer the other services. Flyer's can work out expensive if it only thrown in the trash, so a mag or paper is better.
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jewel4hair4
July 5, 2008, 12:15am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Right from the start i advertised in the local paper, i walked miles and miles putting leaflets through peoples doors , this was a good response from people and also you can choose the area you want to work,but to be honest about 2 years to get all the mornings filled with clients. I have since found out that if you type yell.com on google, this is the internet yellow pages, and you can add your buisness on there ree of charge, it is only a linage but if any one wanted a mobile hairdresser in your area then you will be listed. I think the best way is when you get a client offer a free cut if they recommend you to a friend. Helps to get things going. I wish you luck
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www.louisechrystal.com
July 30, 2008, 10:34pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I really thin the internet is the way to go.  My freelance clients are young professionals, so need their hair done in the evenings, are IT literate and have a certain degree of income to spend on hair and beauty stuff.  I have been up and running for 3 years but have recently got a website together http://www.louisechrystal.com (it's in it's first stages) and you would be absolutely amazed at the response, I have been turning people down. I have a full 6-8 week client cycle almost on my doorstep.  You'll be surprised what people look for online!!
Lou

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Quality Freelance Hairdressing
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liana123
February 23, 2009, 8:59pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hey guys, I am just about to start my mobile hairdressing, but this really made me worried. Here are some reviews from clients, its seems like they all keep going back to salons.

I have asked a mobile hairdresser to come to do my hair its the first time i have done this i usually go to a salon, but a friend recommended her and i thought i'd try her as i am not happy with the salons i have been going to. Do any off you use a mobile hdresser and how do you find it? Are you happy with the results? Do you prefer a mobile to going to a salon? etc

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Kallie
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My Other Topics  Posted : Jul 27, 2007 2:50:34 PM Subject :
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Hi bluegreen
I'm really lucky as my very best friend also happens to be the best hairdresser in the world! She does the whole family about every 6 weeks and I know she saves me, particularly, a fortune. The most useful thing is that while my colour takes and then my highlights 'highlight' I can still do things around the house/with the children etc...It is so convenient! The only thing I miss...and it is a very small price to pay..is that you don't get to have your hair washed...I always enjoyed that bit of pampering but it would not make me go back to a salon!

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Viola


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My Other Topics  Posted : Jul 28, 2007 2:13:31 PM Subject :
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I used to get a hairdresser to come to the house, and she did everybody's hair when she was there. It was much cheaper than booking everyone a salon appointment - and a lot handier too. No waiting for the stylist to finish with somebody else (or at least, you could get on with other things....), no making different appointments for everybody and ferrying them 5 miles to the nearest town.

But ever since I started back to visiting a salon (because she "retired", and anyway our family circumstances had changed) I LOVE it. I think it is the sense of having "me" time, being pampered a little bit, having a coffee while the colour takes (instead of trying to do the ironing), and reading some luxury magazines (or some trashy ones I wouldn't actually spend money on). Having my hair done is now a monthly treat, rather than another chore to fit in....

I guess it depends on your circumstances at the time.

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Phoenix
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My Other Topics  Posted : Aug 04, 2007 8:47:36 PM Subject :
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I have done both. Mobile hairdressers are cheaper and you don't have to leave the house however the experience is rather basic and not special like a trip to the salon. I agree that there is that something missing. I always seem to soak myself trying to shower off the colour over the bath too!! If you have the time and the money go to the salon.

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Lise
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My Other Topics  Posted : Aug 06, 2007 7:53:37 AM Subject :
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The two girls who were in partnership at my local salon recently split up and the girl who did my hair left to start working mobile. As she cut my hair well I have continued with her but she now comes to the house. It's really not the same sitting in my kitchen having my hair done as opposed to the salon visit and I do miss, as has been mentioned previously, the "me time" in nice purpose furnished surroundings, enjoying a coffee, watching the other stylists doing their stuff, etc.
Apart from all else, I feel I have to whizz round the kitchen prior to her coming, then, if I've had a cut, clean the floor again after she has gone,
plus I wash my own hair just before she is due.......no, definitely the salon visit has a lot to recommend it! I can understand that it's probably ideal if there are several members of a family to do and much cheaper. In my case, the girl only charges 1 less than she did at the salon.

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Coopsy
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My Other Topics  Posted : Aug 06, 2007 12:28:40 PM Subject :
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I too have done both..... a friend introduced me to her mobile stylist & we both benefited from the cheaper cost of the stylist doing 2 heads at one address. However, when our haircut schedules were not in synch someone always had to wait (we live 20 miles apart & the stylist wouldn't travel to me) & I got fed up of having roots showing if I was late with a touch-up. Now I visit a salon in my village, & I can walk to it, so I reduce my emissions. Also they are about the same price, so I don't lose out financially.

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elleesa
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My Other Topics  Posted : Aug 08, 2007 5:22:26 PM Subject :
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I am considering going back to a salon. Initially I thought that a mobile would be a cost saving. It was but now she charges about the same as the salon and I don't get a wonderful head massage, coffee in a lovely Denby cup (although mine are quite nice). I also miss overhearing all the wonderful things that people talk about in salons. go on, say I am nosey, but it is interesting..Also I hate washing the colour out over the bath and trying to make conversation with the mobile for 40 minutes while the colour takes. I would much rather read a trashy magazine and chill out.

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Phoenix
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My Other Topics  Posted : Aug 08, 2007 6:36:27 PM Subject :
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Elleesa...I was just about to post exactly what you have said when I logged in and noticed your post.

You're right.Another gripe is trying to make conversation for 40 minutes with the mobile hairdresser with whom you may have absolutely nothing in common. I do not wish to hear of her clubbing nights out, problems with Wayne or latest Club 18-30 holiday to Ibiza. I have in the past resorted to providing her with a magazine and a cup of tea and making my apologies for things I have to do around the house for the next 40 minutes.:\(

Despite putting down a plastic tablecloth on the floor around the cutting chair (to looks of disapproval and hints at tripping) I always seem to end up with hair that goes everywhere, will not sweep away or be mopped up.:evil:


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elleesa
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My Other Topics  Posted : Aug 08, 2007 9:12:56 PM Subject :
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What a good idea, Phoenix, I can make good use of the 40 minutes and like you I am not one for the Wayne update stuff. My only barrier is having to leave off my glasses which means I am likely to slice my finger with the carrots. Best to retreat upstairs with an urgent pile of laundry to sort and sit and read instead. I am better at that without the glasses. I think the salon is beckoning!

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bluegreen
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My Other Topics  Posted : Aug 09, 2007 2:27:24 PM Subject :
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hello and thanks for all your replies. here i am 2 weeks on with a haircut that i'm not quite happy with - in fact reading through all your replies you are right about the whole pampering experience of a salon (phoenix , elleesa, viola, coopsy, kallie, lise, etc) i realised how much i enjoy this and that its one of my few treats. The lady that did my hair was v nice but like you say you don't want to be making conversation for the sake of it. I'm still looking for a hairdresser (salon) to give me, a 55 yr old a good stylish cut to make me feel good and give me a bit of zing but i'm still searching- Any ideas on how to go about it? ps i live nr derby/nottingham, so if you know of a good hairdresser let me know.

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Phoenix
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My Other Topics  Posted : Aug 09, 2007 4:11:13 PM Subject :
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Bluegreen, I am your age and since I had my lovely new haircut at Toni and Guy (but megabucks !!!) I have looked and felt years younger , not to mention the compliments I have received .I have a textured layered bob, which I think suits most people our age, with some blonde hilights and copper lowlights. A bit edgy and not like a pudding basin if you have layers. Once you have the cut you can go somewhere cheaper to maintain the style. It does mean that you will need to grow your hair if it is short like mine was. But with perseverance it will pay off.

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bluegreen
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My Other Topics  Posted : Aug 09, 2007 10:54:02 PM Subject :
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thanks phoenix i might well take your advice. my hair is just about 2 inches from the nape of my neck I think that what its called - the bit where it grows from and has been layered and cut into the back if you know what i mean - so i might need to grow it a bit more before i go to get it done.

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liana123
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Can some mobile hairdressers let me know how do they deal with things like - awkward silences ( after all there is no a stuff room where you can disapeare after applying colour in 20 min) you actually have to sit and make conversation and wht if you and your client both will feel uncomfotable?

How do you deal with washing colour off? Do clients mind doing it themselves? Or is it a chore?

Do clients expect you to chage much less than salon prices? My salon charges 60 pounds for the full head of foils, I was going to charge 55 pounds. Is that reasonable?

Looking forward to your answers!
Thank you
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liana123
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Oh, yeah, and another thing that was bothering me - where do you do it? In kitchens? Baathrooms?

What about all the hair? Do you sweep up or does the client do it?

What about a hairdryer? Where do you plug that? I still get all get all mixed up and uncomfortable in my hairdryer wyres when drying peoples hair in the salon where I work, so I was worried about doing it in someone elses house.....

Sorry for so many questions!!!!!!!
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samanthajane
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hey liana123, i'm in the same position as you about starting up and what to charge people. From input i have got from others here and also friends if your local salon is charging 60 then a fiver in my opinion is not alot cheaper to pay considering the comfort of the salon, not having to bend over the bath ect. I'm still at a loss at the moment what to charge but i'm getting there. Around my area prices for 1/2 head h/l's + finish is 65-75 and i was thinking of charging 55 including cut and finish. Being hairdressers our self we get our hair done for free either at the salon where we work or we all know another hairdresser that will do it for us, so we dont have to worry about price but if i think back to when i going to a salon and say i was paying 60 and then i heard about you doing the same service for 55 in my own home i wouldn't think of ringing you for an apointment. I do my best friends hair for free so she'd let me do her hair in a field surrounded by cows if she had no other choice. And if i had no other option i'd do the same. You need to be cheap enough for them to think it's worth having it done at home but not cheap enough that your not making any money. Personally if i'm doing friends and family we usually go to the bathroom and they would help with washing off the colour espically at the front off the hair, just make sure they have a small towel to put over their face as the water can splash back onto them. I always clean up as i go. As for plugging in hairdryers, where ever you can put it that it makes things easier for you, in some cases i have to move them around in the middle of the blowdry. As for small talk, at the moment all i do is family and friends so i dont have a problem with awkward silences, but if the olympics had a competition for making conversation i'd get bronze for just turning up. I'll always find something to talk about. I'm sure it will come to us in time, i still haven't figured everything out yet i'm no where near.
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liana123
February 24, 2009, 12:36am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Thank you for your reply, its very helpful! x
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Freelance62
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Wow!  Thank you soooooo much everyone for your input!  This is now a great resource for all those new to the forum starting up!

Thanks again!
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liana123
February 24, 2009, 11:29am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Do you think its worth being a mobile hairdresser though? QAs you say  -  I have to charge less than salon, plus waste my fuel, time and drive all day... and then there are all those disadvantages like washing hair over the bath etc....

And if you are in the salon - you are in a warm comfortabe inviroment with all the needs - basins, tool, space, staff room and you get commission too. What about wages? Do mobile hairdressers earn much more or is it the same or even less coz of fuel?
Can some mobile hairdressers tell me about their experiences please, as I am a bit lost.
Many thanks!!!!
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samanthajane
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from what other posts i have read most seem to love being mobile, although it has taken them a while to build up a client list, as with any business it takes a lot of hard work. When you think about it, your not going to be charging a huge amount less than the salons and you dont have rent, bills and everything else that comes with that, yes you have your petrol and car expenses but that will all depend on how far you are willing to travel. I've been searching around looking at wages and most salons will only pay minimum wage, yes you can get commission but from what i understand you will only get commision after you have been in the salon for a while and have a client base of your own. I've spoken to a few salons as i plan to work 2 days in a salon as well as being mobile and none of them were prepared to pay me commission straight away. So if i work 8 hours a day, 2 days a week in a salon then i'll be earning 88.32 which is 44.16 a day. Thats like 1 set of hightlights a day, and you'd probably charge more that 44.16 so even after you pay for your fuel, stock your still better off than working in a salon. Anything more than 1 client a day is just extra money in your pocket.
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liana123
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samanthajane, you are absolutly right! thank you for your very positive and very helpful post!
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andrearosie
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Hi i've been a mobile hairdresser for 14 years and still love it. i think the secret to success is to make your clients feel very special every visit. never take them for granted. people like to feel special. as for conversation it just happens and every thing you see and here is confidential.hope this helps someone
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liana123
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thank you! x
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