Should I Start My Own Eyelash Extensions Business?

Rimvita Marcinkeviciute
Rimvita Marcinkeviciute

Founder of RM Lash & Beauty and professional lash expert

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Are you wondering whether you should stop working towards someone else’s eyelash extensions dream and embark on the journey of setting up your own business? The benefits can, of course, be plentiful, and it will definitely take your life in a more independent direction. However, it certainly isn’t for everyone and working for as a contracted eyelash extension artist has its benefits too. This article will take you through the pros and cons of following the path of creating your own eyelash extension business plan, to help you to work out if it’s the direction to take your career in.

Pros

Start an eyelash extensions business and become your own boss

You know that feeling when you just think ‘if my boss tells me to do one more thing…’ Well, when you have your own business, the only person you have to answer to is you. This is the perfect opportunity to shape your own career, according to your ethics, beliefs and preferences. Want to build the first eco-friendly eyelash extension business in your area? This is your chance. Being your own boss means having the freedom to create a career which you love.

Work your eyelash extensions business plan to your own schedule

Something that is particularly appealing about working for yourself is the flexibility that it provides you to deal with the other time-swallowing pressures of modern life. Setting your own hours means that you can be present for your children when you want to be, organise your work life around your social life and generally only work hours which fit around your lifestyle.

Embark on your own eyelash extensions career and have as much holiday as you want

The constraints of a traditional nine-to-five job can be frustrating when it comes to holidays – you only get so many days a year and can often only take time off if there is someone to cover your responsibilities whilst you are gone. Working for yourself, however, carries no annual-leave shackles and you will not be fighting anyone to secure half-terms or to make sure you can go on holiday with your family. You make the rules.

Control your own salary by starting your own eyelash extensions business

Having your own business means that the money you make is yours to distribute as you choose. You will need to, of course, spend some of your income on equipment, marketing, rent (if you base your business on a premises) and paying any other staff members that you employ, but effectively all of those expenses are invested straight back into your business. Your salary can be self-managed by setting your own prices and having full control over the types of services which you offer your clients. Running your own eyelash extensions business will also give you the opportunity to maximise your income as you can work as much as much as there is demand for your service and you are never restricted by an annual salary.

Cons

Starting an eyelash extensions business is time-consuming

While you build a network of returning clients and work on getting your name out there, you will most likely have to work around the customer’s needs, rather than setting your own ‘opening hours.’ Whilst this is a positive, as good money can be made by working unsociable hours, you will need to prepare yourself for your new business venture taking up most of your time as it becomes a huge priority in your life. However, if setting up your own eyelash extensions business is your passion, then the feeling of throwing yourself in at the deep end can be both rewarding and exciting. You could be that person that feels like they never do a day’s work, as they love their job so much.

Making your solo eyelash extensions career success takes hard work

With new financial, business, people and management skills to be learnt, starting your own eyelash extensions business will take hard work and dedication – it will most likely also involve further training. The hours may be long, and you may face scary doubts around whether you are going to be a success or not. That being said, nothing worth having is easy, and the pride you will experience when you feel your business becoming steady will do wonders for your confidence, which you can build upon as your business grows.

There is more to having your own eyelash extensions business than being a lash-artist

For your business to be successful, you’ll also have to dabble in the worlds of marketing, finance and customer service. Initially, you’ll most likely have to start out doing most of this yourself, posting on social media to advertise your business and making sure you manage your money. If this doesn’t come naturally to you, there will be some great local classes which you can take to help build your skills. Having dealt with customers as a contracted eyelash artist, it is more likely that your people-skills are up to scratch, in fact, this is often one of the things that people enjoy about having their own eyelash extension business the most.

Going solo in your eyelash extensions career means unpaid holiday

Sure, you can go on holiday whenever you like and are not restricted by annual leave allowance, but the longer you take away from your business, the more potential income you will lose out on. However, forfeiting national holidays and sunny breaks in the summer months, for the sake of your business, can prove to be financially beneficial, as demand for eyelash treatments tends to boom before people go on holiday or attend social events, where they want to look their best.

Hopefully, you now have a greater idea about whether you would like to start your own eyelash extensions business. Although it may seem daunting at first, the benefits are incredibly rewarding and can change your life for the better. If you consider becoming a lash artist, you can learn more about our Eyelash Extension Courses, which are suitable for beginners and advanced students.

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