Starting A Press On Nail Business At Home Is Easy

Starting A Press On Nail Business At Home Is Easy

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Starting a business is HARD work. Starting a press on nail business is even HARDER. So, as you may know, I graduated from cosmetology school. When I was there, I was basically hair-focused. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, all I knew was that I couldn’t wait to graduate. I completed the schooling and, like many, never worked in an actual hair salon. I briefly worked in a hair salon prior to going to cosmetology school, though. It was a paid position in which the stylist needed minor assistance. You could say I was the shampoo girl.

Yes, I am still hair OBSESSED. I have natural hair, I grew it, cut it, and grew it again. Many years later I submerged my obsession with the “nail industry” and I LOVE IT! 

Press On Nail collection

This was an experiment that turned into a collection.

Well, when I first started painting nails, I had no intention of turning it into a job. Becoming a nail technician was a spur-of-the-moment decision that I eventually came to like. I repeated it several times each week and perhaps several times each day for the entire month. It was exciting and entertaining. It started out as a hobby with the potential to grow into something bigger.

While they introduced you to nail basics in school, nothing compared to what I really wanted to be, and that was a designer. Down below is a fresh set that I did while in school. (No, I had no idea they would be this good.) She was shocked too.

What Is A Press On Nail Business?

A press on nail business is a business that sells press on nails. Press on nails are artificial nails that can be glued onto the natural Nails. They are one of the most popular alternatives to traditional nail polish and professional manicures. They come in a variety of colors, different shapes, and a number of sizes. They are typically low-cost, depending on the style that you are in the market for.

This is a great way for the wearer to save money that they would spend on manicures and pedicures. This is due to the fact that they can be reused and worn in many different ways. This is also a way for people can get salon-quality nails from the comfort of their own homes.

How Do I Start A Press On Nail Business:

You finally decide that this is something you are really interested in. So how do you start your business? Most people will tell you that “you need to get yourself an LLC or business license“. Of course, you do whenever you start a business. Why would that be my FIRST step? I don’t even have any products. No nails, nail glue, nail polish, or decals.

To put it simply, you do not need to be a licensed nail technician when starting your business. This is because you are not physically working with the public. Also, when starting up, you don’t even know if you will make any money. (Hopefully, that’s not the case.)

Okay, so BOOM! I don’t want to get so far ahead into the legality of all the business because that may confuse you. (Self-included) I haven’t started a business press per se; instead, I’m researching and creating content for the future. Yes, I have already begun making sets (not for sale) and practicing for myself and my daughter. I purchased nail supplies, watched YouTube channels, and read up on “business”.

1. Choose Your Press On Niche

With the vast number of press-on nails available, you need to choose a niche that you are passionate about. When choosing your niche, decide on a specific type of nail art you want to create. You could also determine the style of nail you would like to base your business around. For example, let’s say you like stiletto nails. You would create your own collection of stiletto nails for your press on business. Perhaps you only want to specialize in hand-drawn nail art; your business would be a stiletto and hand art business.

Perhaps you only want to do a certain color of nails, and you will focus your press on nails business plans around that color. Maybe you want to focus on doing only natural-looking nails, only gel nail polish, or only acrylic press on nails. Whichever option you choose for your niche will be your main focus within your business plans.

2. Is A Press On Nail Business Profitable?

Once you figure out which products you want to sell, you will need to create your press on nail business plan. Doing this will help you map out your business strategy and assist with goal completion. Your plan should include your target market goals, your competition, and your plans for marketing and business investments. If you begin your business out of pocket, you will need to get funding from additional sources, such as banks or investors. Be sure to find the grant or loan that best suits your business’s needs.

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3. Get Creative With Your Nails

You are fully able to purchase WHATEVER items you want for YOUR business. Everything is not for everyone! When I got started, I purchased a random beginner kit and just went to work. I already knew the basics. That was more or less for personal use, but it came equipped with things that I could reuse over time.

Personal nails are a great way to express your creativity and artistic skills. Experiment with different colors, designs, and nail art decals. Once you know which type of nails you want to sell, you need to find a supplier. Your supplier will be the person who will provide you with products. These products can either be full-price, discounted, or sponsored. It’s important to do your research and find one that offers quality products at a fair price.

Many people are skeptical about using products from brands that they are unsure about. I like to use products from multiple brands when beginning to create. This is due to the fact that you may make many errors as a beginner. Most of the items that you create probably won’t be saleable. In the event that this happens, using inexpensive or off-brand items will save you money over time. You don’t want to buy a $28 bottle of nail polish and create multiple nail sets that will be thrown away.

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Tools Needed For Your Press On Nail Business

Static press on nails are reusable pop-on manicures. This type of press on nail business is preferable to regular press on nails because it appears more natural. They come in a variety of designs, shapes, and sizes. They are easy to apply and also last longer. And the best part about wearing these luxurious press on nails is that they cost less than a trip to the nearest nail salon! The main items you will need when starting your nail business will include any of the following:

Nail File/ Emory boardNail Brushes
Nail GlueNail Dryer Spray
Nail Tabs (Optional)Nail Drill
Nail Tips (500 Count)Acrylic Powder
Nail BufferAcrylic Monomer
Nail StandsTable Mat/ Cover
Adhesive PuttyPaper Towels
Nail PolishUV/LED Nail Lamp (If Using Gel Polish)
Nail DecalsManicure Table (Optional)

Trust The Process:

Before you begin, use your towel to cover your table or workstation. Gather all your materials and set them up. Choose the correct sizes you will need for your full set of nails. Apply the adhesive putty to the tip of the individual nail stands. After that is complete apply the nail to the stand.

Buff or file the top of the nail to remove the shine and allow the nail polish to stick. Apply a base coat on the nail first. Be sure to apply 2-3 coats of polish. If using gel polish, cure the nail underneath the UV lamp to dry and set the polish. Apply the decals or nail stickers then set with the top coat and cure. (This may be optional if you are using acrylic.) If using acrylic, follow these directions.

Be sure to get comfortable using your nail art supplies and creating nail art designs. Once you do that, you are on your way to a luxurious press on nail business. If you have difficulty in the beginning, keep practicing. Watch YouTube video tutorials while you work on your press on nails. Pinterest is also a great option for you to use if you need help coming up with a design. They have tons of pins waiting to be recreated. They also provide you with additional resources for your business. These include packaging, funding, marketing, and more.

How much do I need to start a press on nail business?

Starting a press-on nail business from home can be a great way to earn extra income or even turn it into a full-time business. However, there are some initial start-up costs that you will need to consider. Starting any business from home can be a relatively low-cost venture, but there are still some initial expenses that you will need to precisely budget for. Once you have your startup costs covered, you can start generating revenue by selling your press-on nails online or at local craft fairs and markets.

Here is a hypothetical budget for a beginner to start a press-on nail business from home:

Start-Up Cost ItemsAmountOngoing Service CostsAmount
Shipping Supplies$50-$100Shipping$20-$50*
Branding & Marketing$100-$200Marketing & Advertising$50-$100*
Website & E Commerce$100-$200Varies*
$350-$700N/A*= Per Month$120-$250*
  • Nail supplies (nail polish, brushes, files, buffers, etc.)
  • Packaging supplies (boxes, bags, labels, etc.)
  • Shipping supplies (boxes, bubble wrap, etc.)
  • Marketing supplies (business cards, flyers, etc.)
  • Computer and software

Your actual costs may vary depending on the size and scope of your business, as well as the quality of materials and supplies that you choose. However, this budget should give you a good starting point for planning your financial needs.

These are some of my beginner nail sets. Don’t mind the polish around the edges I didn’t expect this to be a real thing when taking the photos.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips for starting a successful press-on nail business:

  • Conduct market research to understand the current trends and the needs of your target market.
  • Develop a strong brand identity and create a visually appealing website.
  • Use high-quality materials and construction methods to ensure that your nails are durable and long-lasting.
  • Offer competitive prices and discounts for bulk orders.
  • Provide excellent customer service and support.
  • Promote your business through a variety of channels, such as social media, trade shows, and online advertising.

By following these tips, you can build a successful press-on nail business that provides your customers with high-quality products and services.

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