The first step to setting up a mobile hairdressing business is getting a cosmetology license. The requirements for licensure vary from state to state, but the completion of an educational program is usually required. These programs take from less than a year to two years to complete, depending on the program. Often, to become licensed a test must be taken after the completion of a cosmetology program.
Once licensed, a mobile hairdresser needs a business license, whose requirements for this license also vary from state to state. Typically, getting a business license involves paying a small fee and filling out paperwork that describes the business and indicates whether or not employees will be hired.
Next, purchase the necessary equipment. This includes anything from hair dye and developer to cutting shears and blow dryers. Keep in mind that some equipment, such as hair dryer chairs and shampoo stations cannot be taken from location to location. Customize the service list to reflect the equipment that is purchased.
The last step to becoming a mobile hairdresser is building a client base. The best thing to do is ask friends and family for recommendations, although many people use social networking platforms to advertise the business. Building a portfolio is another way to secure clients, so it's wise to take before and after photos of clients to build a diverse portfolio.