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How to start your own Nail Business

Nail salons have been blowing up in popularity in the U.K. in the last few years. The beauty industry is on the rise again, and pampering is coming back into fashion.

Plus, to top it off, HotPatch is allowing nail station owners, to rent their spaces flexibly to other freelancers. It’s just become that much easier to work freelance in a professional beauty room.

Fancy working in a nail station like the one below? Managing your own time, and building your client base? Here’s a guide on your first few steps!

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How to start a Nail Business

First thing’s first:

You need to register your nail business.

If this is a home-business where you’re looking to do some nail-tech for friends and family, then registering may not be necessary in the early-goings.

But if you’re looking to become a fully-fledged nail technician, registering is obligatory, so that you can declare your tax earnings for legal purposes.

You’ll need to set yourself up first as a sole trader. This is a declaration that you are self-employed, and independently responsible for your financial situation.

If you are earning over £1000 in self-employment, you need to make sure you:

  • Possess an up-to-date record of your incomings and outgoings
  • A national insurance number
  • Send a self-assessed tax return every year
  • Pay income tax on your profits

First thing’s first — Insurance!

Cover your nail tech business with insurance cover! If you’re running a salon from a Patch, then it’s best to be insured.

We recommended getting public liability insurance, as it will protect you from accidents that may occur during your sessions. Property insurance will similarly protect your salon against damages. If you ever accrue employees, then employers liability insurance is another legal requirement.

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Creating a Nail Business Plan

When starting any company, a business plan is one of your first ports of call. What is it you’re hoping to achieve, and when by? Set yourself a rough route, so that you know when you should be hitting certain milestones.

Keep your objectives clear. What is it that makes you and your business different? How are you going to attract new clients?

Set yourself a budget, and what you expect to be spending, and how much you need, or hope to be earning as well. And keep it realistic! Using HotPatch salon chairs is a really affordable way to run your nail business – but do keep a note of your costs as you go.

When thinking about how much to charge, do some research into local nail tech companies. What are they charging? Can you charge a premium if you’re offering a higher quality service? Or can you undercut their prices? The most important factor is, either way, will this generate you a profit?

Remember to consider your fixed costs, like rent, insurance etc. Plus your more expensive nail-tech equipment purchases. One-offs and disposable items, like face-masks and brushes need to be considered, alongside any additional perks like magazines for your customers, or coffees.

Remember to consider, you will also be paying National Insurance and tax!

It’s all in the Marketing!

Marketing is a big one. How will people discover you?

This is another similar step. Set yourself a plan. Know who your customers are, what their demographic is, what their interests are, and so on.

Social media is the easiest go-to, as it’s an organic, free resource. Include all of your contact details, what is is you offer, and how to find your business in the ‘about’ section.

Running social media can be a full-time task, so make sure you regularly take photos, and get the word out there.

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What Qualifications Do You Need to Start a Nail Business?

You may already be qualified, but if not there are nail courses you can join at any age as a starting point.

A level 2 or 3 certificate in nail tech or treatments is ideal. This can be studied at college, though you may need a minimum level of GCSEs etc. to apply. Courses can take up to a year to complete.

Running a Nail Business from home, or from a salon?

The final consideration, is where are you going to run your nail business from?

There is always the option of working from home, but remember to fully consider what this would mean. The benefit is that it can save you money, and can be a great place to start in the first few months.

But living and working from your home can be stressful, and often your clients will be a lot more comfortable visiting a high-street salon.

The great news is HotPatch allows you to rent nail chairs, near you, at any time. This means that you can change your location, on the daily, based on your clientele.

This will open up a whole network of customers to you, that won’t be put by a long commute time to reach your salon. If needed, you can go to them. Set yourself up in a new shop, and move onto the next the day after.

Visit HotPatch.com to browse nail chairs near you.

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Are you that person “looking for nail stations near me?” Or for nail chairs to rent in London?

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection of rentable coworks studios today. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your own coworkers, you can list with us by signing up on our website.

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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Simple Tricks to Improve Your Salon Decor

We’ve always been told that a good first impression matters — and the same is true for your salon.

A good aesthetic will naturally attract more customers and freelancers, and in turn, an attractive salon is one that will translate well onto social media. If customers like the way it looks, they’ll be proud to post an image of themselves online, which will generate you some free buzz and publicity. Win-win.

Want to rent your salon chair? Make the proposition more appealing with a stunning salon.

Let’s make your salon more Instagrammable with these handy tips below.

Pick a Personality

Choosing a ‘look’ for your salon is all about having a defined sense of personality come through. So once you know what you want, stick to that choice and be consistent.

This means a consistent colour scheme, choice of textures, and furnishings/objects that all cohesively work together.

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Salon Mirrors

Mirrors are excellent because they give the impression of additional space. Plus, in a beauty room it’s a welcome addition for all your clients. 

A large mirror can often be a bit of a showstopper if used correctly. (See below). Mirrors can be employed quite liberally too, so get reflecting!

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Salon Lighting

Lighting is an easy win. The right lighting in a beauty salon can also be very flattering, which is great when you want your customers feeling they look their best.

This can involve ring lights, bordering mirrors with bulb lights, fairy lights, or anything more elaborate.

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Salon ‘Selfie Wall’

Having a specific area, designed for a photo-op can prove a big boon for generating online attention. Some salons have designed their whole image around a beautiful wall of flowers for example. Who doesn’t want to strike a pose somewhere when they’re looking at their most fresh? 

Perhaps a a mural wall, or one full of photographs? Maybe something even quirkier. Just make it beautiful and memorable — so get inventive.

Salon Soft Furnishings & Objects

Allow your customers to wait in maximum comfort, with a nice sofa, or hyper-comfy armchairs. Treat the waiting area as an area where you can relax your customers into the full experience.

Any objects that are evocative of relaxation are the ideal choice. Plants for that reason can be an easy way to stylise your surroundings and bring the joys of outdoors, indoors.

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Looking for salon spaces near me? Or for salons to rent in London?

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection today. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your own salon chair, you can list with us.

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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10 Salon Chairs To Hire in London

Looking for a spare salon chair to rent? Thinking, ‘is there a salon rental space near me?’ HotPatch has a collection of salon chairs to rent from all across London.

Treat yourself and your clients to a seat in one of our unique Patches, or significantly cut your commute time by finding your nearest local salon chair.

See our selection below, or check out more space to rent on our website.

1. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Victoria

In the heart of Victoria, London, rent a chair with this friendly, boutique hair salon. With its distinctive fashionable decor​,​ versatility in music and unpretentious atmosphere, it’s the place to be. 

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2. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Finsbury Park

Busy salon with a chair to rent, high footfall and situated in the beautiful Finsbury Park, minutes walk from the underground station. 

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3. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Putney

Scissors and alcohol isn’t normally a winning combination, but the wine selection here is for customers to purchase or sample, which makes this elegant salon, a unique and classy choice for your client. 

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4. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in West Finchley

A salon with a stylish, modern and clean aesthetic available to rent in West Finchley. 

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5. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent — Notting Hill

Need to rent a salon chair in West London? A sleek and contemporary salon available in Notting Hill. Indoor parking available for exactly this one scooter.

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6. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent— Abbey Gardens

With a mirror big enough to reflect upon all of my past mistakes, we’ve got this beautifully designed salon in Abbey Gardens. Impress your clients with this salon choice.

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7. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Morden

Live around Morden? We’ve got a spot in this elegant salon that has hairdresser chairs for rent that might take yours and your clients fancy. 

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8. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Battersea 

Well designed, modern salon in beautiful Battersea. The kind of place you’d walk past and say, ‘I’d love to work there.’ And now, with HotPatch, it’s possible.

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9. Salon Chair To Rent — White City

Hair salon that will give you ‘all the flexibility you need.’ Great location near Westfield and by the BBC, attract some great customers with a chair in this White City Salon.

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10. Chair for Stylist To Rent— East London

New​ and​ very nicely decorated, modern salon in East London. Two spare chairs being offered for hair stylists in this friendly Patch, with adjoining kids salon.

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From cheap, affordable salon chairs to rent, to barber space rental in London, you can now browse more Patches on our platform.

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Are you a freelance hairdresser? 

Been asking yourself, ‘can I rent salon space?’ 

Well here’s your answer. 

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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Stand out from the Crowd: The Definitive Guide to Listing your Patch

Stand out from the Crowd: The Definitive Guide to Listing your Patch

Grab users attention with a few top tips on listing your space to rent with HotPatch.

Is your HotPatch listing getting the attention it deserves?

Patch Tips and Tricks

We have tried to make the process of listing a workspace with HotPatch as simple as possible, but here are a few tips to help you on your way to creating an appealing and successful Patch listing.

1. Name your Patch

Grab all the attention your Patch deserves. Just what is it about your workspace that Users will love so much? Perhaps it’s in a busy and popular part of town? Maybe it is impressively decorated? Or it could be a large and flexible space that caters for a range of activities? Whatever it is, be sure to mention it.

Name your Patch

Examples that we like are:

· Stylish and professional salon in the heart of Newcastle

· Hidden gem yoga studio in East London.

2. Describe your Patch

This is your chance to tell Users all the things about your Patch that they might not be able to find in your amenities list or photographs. A great description can help to build an impressive picture in the mind of a User and lead to more bookings.

Describe your Patch

Be honest and accurate and include any details that might be helpful to a User e.g. the Patch is at the top of a long staircase, the art studio is shared with two other artists, or the Patch is a two-minute walk from Old Street Station. Such details set Users’ expectations and ensures positive reviews.

Examples that we like are:

· A newly renovated fitness studio located on a busy high street that is easily accessible and includes all the space and equipment you need for your clients.

· An elegantly designed beauty salon and creative hub for beauty enthusiasts and industry freelancers. This Patch is on the second floor of a gorgeous Georgian townhouse that overlooks the Cathedral Gardens in Liverpool city centre.

3. Setting your availability

Setting your Patch Availability
Whether you are renting your workspace out on an hourly or daily basis, it is important that you block out the times and dates in your calendar for when your Patch is unavailable. Remember to also update your calendar so potential Users can see your Patch’s true availability.

4. Patch rules

Patch Rules

We have created a list of general rules that we think all Patch Hosts will hope Users adhere to. If there are any other rules that are specific to your workspace, then please include them, as this helps to set expectations and boundaries for Users.

5. How much does it cost?

The cost of your Patch is a major consideration for any potential User, and so it should also be a major consideration for you as the Host.

How much does your Patch Cost

Think about all that your workspace offers, including amenities and location, and then think of a price that offers good value for money.

Some questions that you might want to think about are:

· How much would I pay for my own Patch?

· What is the cost of other similar Patches?

· Would lower costs help to establish my workspace?

6. Take great snaps

High-quality photographs can make all the difference when it comes to Users booking your Patch. Alongside the name of your Patch, your main photo will be the first impression that a User has of your workspace, so make it a good ‘un.

Take Great Snaps

Below are a few tips we have put together to help you take some great snaps.

  • Take the time to spruce up your Patch and remove any clutter (overfilled bins, wires etc.) so that it is looking its best.
  • Try to take photos during the day and when natural lighting is brightest. This will help your Patch look warm and inviting. You can always turn on lamps to illuminate any dark corners.
  • Avoid using the flash on your camera or phone as it can make the photo look harsh.
  • To ensure that the shot is straight, you can use the grid feature on your camera or phone and line the grid up with a wall or piece of equipment.
  • Don’t be afraid to kneel or crouch to get a main piece of equipment or furniture into the photo. Just try to avoid standing on your tippy-toes and taking the picture above your head as this can distort the photo and give a strange, angled impression of your workspace.
  • Walk around your workspace and take pictures from different angles to show off all the best features of your Patch. Add a variety of pictures, perhaps from the entrance of the workspace, the kitchen area, waiting room, or outside area to build a guided tour of your Patch.
  • Ensure that your photos are at least 1024 x 683px, or as high-quality as your camera or phone will allow. Also, be sure to use your camera or phone in landscape.
  • Users will enjoy seeing the features, quirks, and personality of your Patch. Get up close to snap any details like artwork or an arrangement of flowers.
  • Finally, many cameras and phones will have inbuilt editing tools, so don’t despair if your photo doesn’t come out perfectly first-time round. Adjusting the brightness, contrast, and saturation can dramatically improve any image. Just remember not to overdo it as photos should look as natural as possible.

Here is a final checklist of things to do before publishing your listing.

Final Checklist

✓ Give your Patch the perfect name.

✓ Bring your workspace to life with a great description, but remember, be honest and accurate.

✓ Outline expectations and rules for Users.

✓ Set up your availability in your calendar.

✓ Choose the right price.

✓ Take great photos with natural light and take a good handful of them too.

Need help in finalising your Patch listing, or want to have a chat with us about your space?

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Roadmap released: Beauty businesses in England could be open by 12 April

Roadmap released: Beauty businesses in England could be open by 12 April

Today the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will set out the government’s roadmap for cautiously easing lockdown restrictions in England. Beauty businesses are tentatively set to re-open by April 12.

The roadmap outlines four steps for easing restrictions. Before proceeding to the next step, the government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous easements. This assessment will be based on four tests which are that:

  • The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
  • Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
  • Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
  • Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.

The four tests are currently being met so the first step will proceed from 8 March, at which point the top four priority cohorts for vaccinations will have received a degree of immunity, three weeks after being offered their first dose.

Dates outlined for each stage are as follows:

  • 8 March — public and children from all schools can safely return to face-to-face teaching. Families and childcare bubbles encouraged to be tested regularly, outdoor socialising with one person also permitted
  • 29 March — up to a maximum of six people or two households can meet outside. Outdoor sports facilities can reopen

12 April — Shops, hairdressers, beauty and nail salons, gyms and outdoor hospitality can reopen.

  • 17 May — ‘rule of six’ abolished outdoors and replaced by maximum gatherings of 30 people. Two households can meet indoors, and cinemas, performances and sporting events can restart — including up to 10,000 fans in largest stadiums
  • 21 June — all measures potentially end with nightclubs reopened and live events to resume.

For more info please see here: https://www.gov.uk/

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6 Nail Stations to rent in London

A selection of 6 Nail Stations for a freelancer to rent in London

If you’re self-employed nail technician and looking for your next nail station in London to work from, then look no further! We have compiled a selection of 6 beauty salons in London that have awesome nail stations to rent. Simply click the link to learn more about the nail stations available and and rent your perfect workspace with HotPatch.

Here we go!

Who doesn’t want to work in a modern boutique nail bar in Victoria, right the heart of London? With its distinctive decor​, eclectic music​,​ and chilled atmosphere, it’s a great place for customers to relax and for nail artists to work from.

Nail Bar in Victoria

How about this immaculate, welcoming salon found minutes away from West Finchley station in North London? Providing a perfect environment for self-employed nail artists to be creative and customers to enjoy the atmosphere in those special chairs, complete with a back massage.

Nail Space in Finchley

I can hear you say ohh wow! This luxurious salon is in an exciting part of London. Beautifully decorated, it will be a great environment for customers and nail technicians alike.

Nail Station in St. Johns Wood

How about this one? Located only a five-minute walk from Chancery Lane underground station, is a highly professional, modern, and friendly salon that has it all. They have built a great portfolio of customers with their reputation of services with expert treatments in a calm and comfortable environment. It will be great for freelance nail technicians to build a portfolio in London.

Nail Station in Chancery Lane

Take a look at this warm and attractive nail salon in the heart of West London! Impressive, right? Perfect workspace for a self-employed nail technician to work from.

Nail Station in Hammersmith

Perhaps this refreshing nail station to rent in Central London is exactly what you are looking for? A friendly and professional atmosphere in a salon providing a great experience for nail artists and clientele.

Nail Station in Southwark

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