The beauty and cosmetics industry has always been a relatively strong performer, but its performance has been particularly commendable in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. According to recent statistical information, the number of beauty-centred businesses starting each year has grown by 700% since 2014. Now may well be the best time to get started with your own beauty business – but why?
Firstly, it is important to acknowledge the country’s current economic situation. The cost-of-living crisis, caused by the ever-inflating prices of goods and services across the country, has severely impacted the spending power of the average family.
This, coupled with the pound’s poor performance internationally (with its own inflationary impacts on the cost of importing), has made recession all but certain – itself making for a particularly concerning environment in which to build a business.
However, the beauty industry is one of few that remain resilient in the face of economic crisis, even where consumer spending could be impacted. Building a strong base of regular customers is enough to ensure your business survives the worst of the recession with relative ease.
Lifestyle and Choice
On a personal level, starting your own business in the beauty industry can be revolutionary for work-life balance and overall life trajectory. Running your own enterprise allows you to shape your working week to suit your wants and needs. If you’d prefer to work evenings, specific days or even on a remote basis, these are all possible with the right investments.
There is also the complete freedom you have over the nature of your work, from the décor of your establishment to the equipment you invest in for your clients. You get to choose what your pedicure chairs look like, or whether you include a mural by your masseuse table. Profit can be a motive in making these decisions, but comfort can also be a leading factor.
Starting your salon or treatment service is only one step in a longer-term career, which could see you branching out and adding new strings to your bow. As your business grows, so too does your ability to take on extra staff with their own specialisms and skills.
This can be used to your advantage, as new treatments and procedures can be added to your listings with each new hire and training programme – further increasing the overall profitability of your business, and effectively futureproofing you in the process.
A Bright – and Innovative – Future
Speaking of the future, the future of beauty is bright and ever-changing. The proof has been plain to see in recent years, as salons widely adopted new non-surgical aesthetic treatments to great consumer response. New technological solutions are headed for the market in terms of both treatments and bookings logistics and starting your business now could put you in the first wave of early adopters.