Specialist Accountants for Beauty Therapist

Tax Return for Beauty Therapist

Being a beauty therapist gives you the opportunity to make people look and feel their best, while doing it freelance means you get the freedom to choose when you work, and who you work for.

What skills and qualities does a freelance mobile beauty therapist need?

Being a successful freelance beauty therapist requires a diverse set of skills:

  • Being able to make people feel relaxed and comfortable.
  • Being a good communicator for when you’re explaining beauty treatments, listening to what the client needs, and general chat while performing the treatments.
  • Good at applying make-up and nail art.
  • Basic knowledge of human biology, anatomy, and chemistry.
  • A head for business to ensure you are making enough money, and to market your services.

Learning to be a beauty therapist – training and qualifications

Even if you have a natural talent in beauty therapy, you’ll need to have relevant qualifications if you want to trade as a mobile beauty therapist.

Apprenticeships – working as an assistant

You can go down the apprenticeship route and work in a beauty salon or spa as an assistant while studying for qualifications.

This will give you good, practical experience while earning a wage.


While you’re working as an assistant, there are various relevant courses, including:

  • Edexcel Level Diploma in Beauty Therapy
  • ITEC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Techniques
  • VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Beauty Services
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Services

There is also the option to complete a beauty therapy qualification with either CIBTAC or CIDESCO, both of which are recognised around the world.

Private beauty school

If you want to get to work sooner, you can go to a private beauty therapy school.

It’s more expensive, but you’ll learn all the right skills in less time.

Before you sign up to any private school, make sure that completing the beauty therapy course will result in a recognised qualification.

Offering specialist beauty therapy treatments

One of the ways to grow your freelance mobile beauty therapy business is to offer specialised treatments.

You can complete short courses in specialist areas such as:

  • Piercings
  • Face and body art
  • UV tanning
  • Laser and light treatments
  • Epilation techniques

Though these short courses can be expensive, the extra skills you’ll acquire mean you can charge clients more for specialist treatments, as well as making it easier to market yourself to new clients.

Being a mobile beauty therapist

If you want to be a mobile beauty therapist, which involves travelling to you clients rather than working from a beauty salon, you’ll need to invest in a trolley to carry all of your equipment, and a car to drive to the clients.

Finding work as a freelance beauty therapist

Many of your clients will hear about you through word of mouth, but before that happens you’ll have to spend time marketing yourself and your services as a freelance beauty therapist.

Here are a few ways to market your business:

  • Make business cards: Give business cards to friends and family so they can pass them on to anybody who might need your services, and to potential clients.
  • Set up a website: Having a professional website will make you look more credible, and is a great place to show what services you offer, prices, and contact details.
  • Free directories: Put details of your business on free directories such as Yell.com or FreeIndex. People will find your business when they search for beauty therapists in their area.
  • Social Media: Social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are great for telling people about what you do and making new contacts. You could also post photos of some of your treatments such as nail art.

Accounting as a freelance beauty therapist

There are various benefits to freelancing as a beauty therapist, from the freedom and flexibility to work with a variety of businesses and individuals to more take-home pay.

But there is one downside – accounting.

As a full-time employee, your tax is usually taken care of on your behalf in the form of PAYE.

As a freelancer you’ll have to keep a range of financial records and then prepare and pay a Self-Assessment tax return at the end of each business year.

Accountancy can be very confusing and can distract you from making your clients look and feel beautiful.

Getting tax and accountancy advice

With most accountants, you’ll pay them to do your year-end accounts, and then they’ll forget about you until the next year.

But for your business to be run smoothly and successfully, you’ll need advice on tax and accountancy throughout the year, especially in the early days.

Pearl Accountants is different

Pearl Accountants provides an affordable and specialist accountancy service designed just for freelancers.

Throughout the year we’ll be on hand to give you any tax and accountancy advice you might need, including things like:

  • Take-home pay
  • Which VAT scheme to register for
  • Expenses
  • Tax allowances
  • Choosing between sole trader and limited company
  • Running your business in a tax-efficient way

We charge for our accountancy services in a clear and simple way, which means you’ll never receive an unexpected bill, and you can get in touch for advice whenever you want without the worry of being charged a fortune like you would with many other accountants.

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