The Lash Business Documents You Need ASAP
Before you dive in headfirst into starting your lash business, you have to make sure you’ve got all of your documentation covered! There are a few requirements before you launch your business, depending on where you’re located, in order to make sure your business is legally compliant. Let’s talk about the documents you’ll need in order to start the lash business of your dreams.
State Licenses/Necessary Certifications
First of all… Are you certified, or do you plan to hire certified lash artists? If you’re not current on certification or schooling, it’s important to research the requirements for your lash business; in Hawaii, you must complete an esthetician licensing program before you can legally charge for lash extensions. You’ll have to take courses, tests, and pay fees to earn (and maintain) a valid license. Once you receive your necessary licenses, then you may take various lash artist certification courses to set you apart from your competitors. Not only will this keep you up-to-date on the industry as it changes, but many clients expect proper on-going education as part of the quality service you offer.
LLC or Sole Proprietorship
Have you decided on an LLC or Sole Proprietorship? Not sure which will fit your lash business better? You’re probably better off consulting an advisor with an expertise in business, but either route requires documentation. The fees and how you must file taxes differs depending on the state, and it’s important to make sure you’re following the proper protocol.
Before starting a set on a client, they’ll need to fill out an intake form. This step is essential - it’s an opportunity to review a client’s understanding of the possibilities and risks prior to engaging in service. It takes out the guesswork for clients who have specific concerns and needs, and creates a space to have that conversation. If you don't want to go through the trouble of creating one yourself, check out our Intake Form we've created that's downloadable and fillable for you!
It’s equally important to address consent with your clients. It might be assumed that after the intake form and conversations, your client is 100% on board with all policies, but this may not always be the case. For legal purposes and to protect both you and your business, consent forms give you space to make sure you and your client are on the same page. We also have our Lash Artist Consent Form available for purchase!
As with any business, the backend documentation is equally as important as what the client sees in the final product. Is your licensing up-to-date? Do you have a consent form that includes your specific policies as they change? These are the questions you should be asking before applying for a lease and setting up shop. Having these documents on-hand will mean your business is complying with legal requirements and you’re ready for clients. Stick with us for tips and your lash business will be up and running in no time!