With a growing awareness of health and alternative medicine, offering mobile-spa services can be a cost-effective business solution. It can also help you access a growing number of clientele who are unable to make use of the services of a regular spa, because they are recovering from illness or are bed-ridden.
How to Get Your Mobile Spa Moving
You might have considered purchasing a spacious van for your mobile spa (and even figured the cost of gas into the pricing of services), bought sufficiently portable equipment, and determined how to advertise to grow your client base, but there are other pressing concerns you would need to think of as well. Every state has its own regulations when it comes to mobile-spa services.
Observing the Rules
Here's what you need to know in a nutshell:
*Pay strict attention to hygiene. Ensure that all your equipment, including foot spas and hand-held implements are lined with disposable covers. Use only fresh, clean water in your foot spa and baths. As far as possible, bill disposable kits to your clients after use. Sterilize all manicure and pedicure equipment after each use.
*In some states, it is possible to offer mobile spa services only to clients who are bed-ridden or indisposed. Ensure that you are aware of all the regulations that apply in your state.
*Maintain a record of all your client visits, including the reasons for making the house call.
*As a trained cosmetologist, carry your license with you at all times, especially when making house calls.
*In some cases, appointments must be booked only through a registered premises.
*To prevent infections, do not re-use oils, soaps, lotions or personal care items.
Contact Relevant Authorities
Contact the board of cosmetology in your state for more information about starting your mobile-spa service. Ensure that you adhere to all the rules and regulations before you begin. You can contact people in the massage profession, private therapists and bigger spas that offer mobile-spa services on the side for more practical information.
Based in San Diego, Meena Valliappan has been writing since 2002. She is a regular contributing columnist of home and interior articles for magazines such as "Windows and Aisles," "Gurlz" and "Tathaastu." Valliappan holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Anna University, India.