We all need it. We all can use more of it and I can help you spend less of it!!
5 Simple Ways To Save Money As A Nail Tech!
Purchasing Through A Supplier VS. Amazon:
This one I learned the hard way. When I was first starting out in the industry I believed that our suppliers had the “be-all end-all” when it came to supplies. In many ways I believe that they do. Certain products are only available with a professional account. Safety is the key here. These companies don’t want every Jane, Dick and Karen around the world buying these products without knowing how to use them safely and properly.
But, some products that they sell are hugely overpriced and have an enormous mark up! Upwards of 1000%. Outrageous! Like nail lamps for example. If you have been following along you know that I don’t agree with the $300 nail lamps. Save that money for your business or your education! A top quality nail lamp can be purchased from amazon for around $60 (My previous article: The Nail Supplies That I Buy From Amazon.)
Some items that I believe to be over priced from a supplier would be:
- Paint Brushes
- Lamps (UV/LED and Table)
- Nail Art Stickers or Jewels
- Nail Forms
- Stamping tools
Do your research, read my articles (wink*) and make an educated decision on where to spend that extra money.
Cutting Your Own Squares:
When I say “squares” I am referring to the wipes that you would use to remove any sticky residue from your nail enhancement. A cotton ball would be the absolute worst thing to use here. You need a nice fuzz free wipe, with isopropyl, to remove any gel.
So, suppliers may try to sell you their “hypoallergenic, lint free, pH balancing” (in other words, total BS and completely over priced) wipe! Don’t do it! Take yourself down to the store and buy some paper towel. Even the cheapest stuff. Though Bounty really is amazing, isn’t it?! And cut your own 2 inch by 2 inch squares. I store mine in a zip lock bag to keep them freshie-fresh and free of contamination. This little hack can save you major $$ over the years.
Make Your Own Cuticle Oil:
Every great nail enhancement ends with lovely cuticle oil and a gentle finger massage. Literally some of my clients will tell me that this is their favorite part. So this is no step to skip!
But many cuticle oils can be laced with all sorts of unnecessary chemicals and even alcohol! Which is so counter-productive. They add the alcohol so you keep using more and more of their product. Makes me furious. We want healthy happy cuticles Not dried out and thirsty. SMH
If you make your own cuticle oil, you can control the ingredients and even the scent that you choose. My clients love my cuticle oil and often ask me where they can purchase it. So I have gone the next step and bottled some for purchase. It makes sense, I would rather have my clients buy from me as opposed to the drug store.
My cuticle oil Ingredients:
- Grape Seed Oil (Makes a great carrier oil. Often used by massage therapists)
- Lavender essential oil
- Grapefruit essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
I recommend playing around with a few scents and looking into the healing properties that essential oils can have. I chose this blend because I am a sucker for anything citrus. But also found the healing and health properties of these oils to be quite appealing. Add some shimmer or some flower petals and really make this your own signature cuticle oil for a fraction of the price!
Less Is More:
When I was being mentored this was a huge takeaway that she gave me. I was always globbing the hard gel on. I really did think that they needed to be thick to be strong That is false! The structure needs to be there and they certainly cannot be too thin, or they will lift. But there is a fine line when it comes to using too much product.
Sometimes if the gel is too thick when applied, the LED or UV light cannot penetrate through the gel. This is especially true when using darker or opaque colors. So what happens? The gel will start to lift or bubble within a few days. Resulting in your client coming back and asking for you to fix them. Wasted time and money. Now, the gel is now just going into the garbage.
Or what if you’re building nails and making them way too thick or too long? You then have to file all this sh*t off! Costing you more money and time!
Times = Money
So keep practicing your building technique to really help you stream line this process. It will save you hundreds of dollars over the years!
Get That Timing Down:
When I did my first set of gel nails (at my dining room table) they took me 3 and a half hours!! Lol and they didn’t even last a week!! After 12 years of doing nails I can now do a proper set in an hour. Often even faster depending on the nail art required.
So how does this help you? If every client you did took 3.5 hours, You really could only see two people a day. This might work out to be $120 at best! In some cases this could still look pretty desirable. But if you’re paying gas, childcare and buying lunch, I don’t think your really walking away with much at the end of the day. Just not sustainable.
Now, if you practice, practice, practice! You could get this time down to 1.5-2 hours per client. Still, reasonable when just starting out. At this pace, you could easily see four clients a day and double your money EVERY DAY THAT YOU ARE WORKING!!!!
I hope this motivates you to check your timing and pushes you to go faster. Make sure you are still producing a certain quality of work that you will be known for!
So these are my 5 simple ways to help you save money as a nail tech. I have certainly done these myself and know them to be true. I hope that you apply them to your own budding business and watch the profits roll in 🙂
If you ever have any questions at all, please reach out! If the info isn’t on my blog, I will find a way to get it to you. I am here for your success!! This has been the career of my dreams and I want the same for you, at the very least!!
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Cheyanne -The Nail Lamp Tramp