So how exactly do you become a Nail Technician?

Firstly, you need some training so that you can learn the skills to give professional nail services. Understanding nail care, and how to master safety and sterilization is one of the key first topics you will need to learn before starting to work as a nail professional.

You may also want to gain some basic business skills, so that you have the knowledge to set up and run your own business successfully, meeting all the legal and taxation requirements.

Thinking of setting up your own business?

Owning your own business can be an empowering and rewarding way to make money. You get to set your own hours, work where you want, and build a base of clients that you genuinely enjoy working with.

Before you dive in, however, it’s important that you give yourself the best chance of success by having a strong, well thought out plan. 

Below you’ll find a list of the top four things you need to consider before starting your own Nail Technician business or an independent career:

1. The details 

Ask yourself the following questions before rushing into it.

Remember this is your life, your career and your livelihood you are considering. You want to make the best decisions and give yourself flying start.

– What services am I going to provide?
– How many hours (realistically) am I willing to put into starting and building my business per week?
– Do I have all the skills and qualifications I need to start this business?
– How much money do I need to earn every week to pay for the running of the business, pay myself a wage, and cover my costs?

2. Research your market 

To be successful you will need to have a look at the market around you. Think about who your business competitors are.

Do some research on your competitors to find out:

– What services do they offer and what do they charge?
– How good is their customer service?
– What are their strengths and what are their weaknesses?

– Now ask yourself if there is a spot in the market for you to fit in?

– Consider how you are going to stand out from the crowd and what your point of difference will be. 

– What will you offer that your competitors can’t and why will customers choose you?


3. Finding your customers

Have a think about who your target customer is. Where are they located? How does this customer tend to behave (their spending habits, etc.)? What do they value (time, creativity, a good chat)? What are they looking for in a nail service (latest trends, a place to relax, a quick treatment)?

4. Marketing and awareness 

Now that you have a better idea of who you want to sell to, consider how you are going to let them know about your business, and why they should chose you over your competitors. Think about the name for your business, how will your customers find you and become aware of you. 

Can you use social media to spread the word? Perhaps you want to print some business cards, or attend some local networking events. Marketing will be the key to your success as nails professional. 

5. Qualifications and skills 

In order to begin as a professional nail technician you will want to have some qualification under your belt. Not only to offer quality service, but also to understand the health aspects of your client’s nails so you can provide the best service and client care. 

You may want to start with basic manicure 3 day training, where we cover all the aspects of nail autonomy, natural nail treatments, and manicure. 


After you have covered this, you can then look into specializing in various other areas, such as gel or acrylic nails, extensions, spa pedicures, nail art etc. 


Check out our upcoming courses to see when we next have a course available to suit your needs.