Tax Return for Hair Extension Technician

With celebrities on TV and in magazines increasingly using hair extensions, it’s also become popular among the public.

What does a freelance Mobile Hair Extension Technician do?

A Mobile Hair Extension Technician’s job basically comes down to selecting hair extensions that correctly match the client’s natural hair and then add length and thickness while making it look as natural as possible. Though you’ll be dealing with hair, it’s not actually vital that you know how to be a hairdresser and cut the hair too. In fact, many of your clients will prefer to go to their usual hairdresser to cut their new hair extensions into shape. You’ll have to get physically close to your clients, so good people and communication skills are essential.

Being a better Mobile Hair Extension Technician – training and qualifications

To be a qualified as a Hair Extension Technician, you only have to complete a certified hair extension course. You don’t even need to be a hairdresser or have worked in a salon. There are an increasing number of hair extension courses available, due to the overall increased popularity in hair extensions. They’ll usually provide all the equipment needed, though the cheaper courses might not. You should check whether or not a course does before you sign up.

What do hair extension courses teach you?

All good hair extension courses should teach you:

  • About different hair types
  • How to create volume and length
  • How to apply the different types of hair extensions correctly
  • Blending colours
  • After care
  • How to remove hair extensions
  • How much to charge customers

For more information on the available courses, and for extra support, check out the Freelance Hairdressers’ Association. The different hair extension paths Once you complete a course and obtain your hair extension qualification, you’re ready to become a freelance Mobile Hair Extension Technician. You’ll get the opportunity to follow different career paths, depending on if you want to specialise in a particular kind of hair extension.
The different types of hair extensions are:

  • Keratin fusion
  • Micro rings
  • Easy tubes

How to find work as a freelance Mobile Hair Extension Technician

Since you don’t need any salon experience to work as a Mobile Hair Extension
Technician, much of finding work as a freelancer comes down to good marketing
Here are a few ways to market yourself and find new clients:

  • Build a portfolio: This is vital, as it shows potential clients that you know what you’re doing. The work you did on your hair extension course is a good start to your portfolio.
  • Set up a website: A professional website will make you look more credible, and is a good place to display your portfolio and contact details.
  • Place adverts in local shops and newspapers: Sticking to local advertising is cheaper, and can target the specific area you want to work in.
  • Social media: Websites such as Facebook and Twitter are great places to post photos of your best work (with your clients’ permission, or course).
  • Word of mouth: Once you start getting more clients, they’ll refer their friends to you if they think you’ve done a great job.

Accounting as a freelance Mobile Hair Extension Technician

There are various benefits to freelancing as a Mobile Hair Extension Technician, 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 your hair extension work.

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.

Citi Accounts is different

Citi Accounts 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.