To help you get started, we've explored the cost of training courses and starter kits for 60 popular beauty treatments, along with the average price charged by professionals around the UK.
As a result, we reveal the beauty side-hustles that make the biggest profit, along with the treatments that are the trickiest to train in.
It takes just two clients to pay off your training costs.
You could earn up to £207,740 a year, if you had 10 clients a week.
It costs just £97.70 to become a qualified Reiki teacher.
You’d have to carry out 78 treatments to earn your start-up costs back.
You’d only earn £98 a week from 10 treatments.
You’d have to do 263 spray tans before paying off your start-up costs.
Select a category or search for a treatment to find out how much you could be earning, if you start learning.
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We scraped a wide range of beauty course providers’ websites including thebeautyacademy.org, britishbeautyacademy.co.uk and cosmeticcourses.co.uk (amongst others) to find the prices and contents of some of the UK’s most popular training courses. Where possible, we grouped larger courses together to arrive at the cheapest rate (i.e. we found a combined lash and brow course, which was cheaper overall than completing separate courses) and costs were calculated accordingly.
We then conducted additional research to find out any other start-up costs including approximate equipment costs and any other training required as a pre-requisitve for the course (i.e. NVQ training, costs for which were sourced from yourbeautytraining.com).
To calculate the average charge per treatment, we took prices from a range of salons and self employed practitioners from five cities around the UK including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Liverpool. Prices from all five cities were then averaged out. Potential earnings were based on ten hours of treatments per week, assuming the user is otherwise in full time employment.
Costs calculated are indicative, and do not include things like insurance and tax.