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#59291 - 01/22/09 07:17 PM Working from home?
spicegirl479 Offline
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I have just qualified in all 3 methods off electrolysis but due to financial difficulties cannot afford to rent out a room in a salon ,this is my question would you feel comfortable going to my house for treatment obviously with same standards of a salon? or would it put you off?
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#59292 - 01/22/09 08:10 PM Re: Working from home? [Re: spicegirl479]
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I certainly don't want to discourage anyone from posting, and I hope you get lots of replies. I just want to say that most electrolysis providers either start out working from home, or end up there at some point in their work life. If you have the right situation, it can be a non-issue. As long as you have a good space set aside for your work, with no distractions, an entrance where people don't have to walk through your entire house to get to the treatment room, a rest room close to the treatment room and they don't see the dishes left in the sink from last night, most people would not let your working from a residence stand in the way of getting good treatment.

I have often joked that my clients would see me if I worked out of my basement, because what they are paying for is the condition of their skin when I am done. Having said that, I will grant that there are people who will only patronize someone who has a swanky address in a professional building, or in a salon. Of course, those marble floor lovers are missing out on a lot of talented practitioners, because many of the best workers in this business are not visible due to their only taking work by referral, no yellow pages listings, and they work the number of hours they choose, and they do it from home.

I can't tell you how many times I have seen tens of thousands of dollars worth of interior decoration couples with electrolysis equipment that could be had off of Ebay for $500 to $1,000 total.

I would think that you should be able to find 40 billable hours of work to do at your house (provided your place meets the standard described above) and build it from there. You may not want to leave home later, unless you just make so much you buy a different home wink

I know of more than one electrolysis person who ended up having the business take over the entire house, while the practitioner ended up moving the family to another house entirely.

You might want to fill out the rest of your profile, as we always have people here looking for someone near them, and you don't know how much business you just lost because people read your post and did not know that you are in their area. Now go back and at least put your location in your profile.
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#59295 - 01/23/09 12:11 AM Re: Working from home? [Re: James W. Walker VII]
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Thank you for the responce x
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#59296 - 01/23/09 01:28 AM Re: Working from home? [Re: spicegirl479]
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In the same vein as what James said, it could be a selling point. Speaking strictly as a consumer, anything that can help reduce the cost of business for the electrologist (and therefore the cost of electrolysis for me) is a good thing. Especially for those who need many, many hours of electrolysis, even a little savings here and there can really add up.
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#59301 - 01/23/09 04:41 AM Re: Working from home? [Re: VickieCNY]
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I guess it depends on the setting. I certainly prefer a place which is more private. Where I've been going now, the electrolgist works from her home and I like it that way. I've gone a place where it is in a small business building but I alway feel self-conscious when I go there. Anyone who sees me, knows where I am going.

That was the one thing I really HATED about having LHR at a mall. I did it anyway but the stress of sitting out in the waiting area being exposed to the world is nearly overwhelming.

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#59306 - 01/23/09 11:59 AM Re: Working from home? [Re: BRR]
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I total agree with BRR...I much prefer to home visit. It makes the siutation less stressful, especially so when you can walk back to your car and not have to walk through the Mall or high street with a red chin. Surely it must be an advantage for the Electrologist too...no need to travel, rent expenses and such.

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#59309 - 01/23/09 03:19 PM Re: Working from home? [Re: max1970]
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You have reminded me of something I have heard a lot of in this business, but forgot about. Although those who know you can't help but notice the results of good electrolysis, no one wants anyone to know they are seeking the service. People who have business names like "Hair Away Today" have customers who don't want anyone seeing them walking into the door underneath that sign. They don't want people seeing their cars parked near that sign.

People have told me that they can easily say they were visiting a friend on Maple Street to fend off questions, but if you have a stand alone practice that doesn nothing but hair removal, the client has privacy issues.

This is why my business name is an in joke. If you know what I do, you get the joke, "Executive Clearance." If you don't know what I do, you still don't have any idea. Parking for my clients is in the rear of the building, so no one sees your car, and the drive way is a little ambiguous, so anyone who DOES see you turn into the driveway, may think you are visiting the one residential house on the block, which happens to be next door to my building. Lastly, from the front of the building, it looks as if Executive Clearance might be a former business occupant of a now vacant storefront. Clients sneak in from the side door, unseen by people on the street, or walking by on the sidewalk. If I could have had the entrance in the rear, I would have done that!

These are all things that I got from my clients when I surveyed them during the time when I was operating out of a former dentist's office in a VERY visable area with parking up front. In all that time, I had only two walk-ins ask me for services... and they both wanted to know if I did nails, haircuts and hair perms!

I would have to say that although it is counter intuitive, it appears that although everyone may want a first appointment, and consultation in something as close to a doctor's office as possible, they want their regular treatments in a secret location that appears to be someone's house, or the Batcave like slight of hand that I employ.
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#59310 - 01/23/09 03:28 PM Re: Working from home? [Re: max1970]
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I have so many nice people as clients and I could do this from home easily, but it is worth paying rent for the few people that have come through my door that make me uncomfortable. Also, I have a very active household and live on a very busy street so privacy and peacefulness would be an issue. I did start off at home after I graduated, so I know that this wouldn't work for me unless I move somewhere more in tune to what clients need. I would gladly forego rent, communication and security expenses so I could do this where I live. Most of my clients wouldn't care where they lay as long as I can remove their hair with skill and the environment is clean and peaceful.

I have a colleague that moved from an office to her home and loves having an extra $600 a month in her pocket.

If a an office is private enough, I think new clients who have no relationship with the electrologist feel more comfortable walking into a place of business.

Dee
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#59311 - 01/23/09 03:36 PM Re: Working from home? [Re: dfahey]
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I would prefer togo to someones house as long as it was clean and they were professional having electrolysis done on myself for a few year i hated having togo into town and wait in a room with other people it was embarrasing to me so i guess i have answered my own question.
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#59313 - 01/23/09 03:47 PM Re: Working from home? [Re: spicegirl479]
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If the electrologist schedules well, then there will be no one sitting in the waiting room with you. If she/he has a back exit, then one won't see you leaving when the next person arrives.

One thing I missed saying concerns pricing. I have come to learn that many who work out of their home do not reduce their prices just because they don't have to pay rent and such. I commend the ones that have made adjustments downward when they move home. I am aware of several electrologists that charge more than me working out of their home, AND.....! they are still using an old analog epilator from the 1980's and the vision wear is laughable. So, don't think you will get a better deal necessarily because they have reduced their overhead by working out of their home.

Another positive, they can claim a certain percentage of their home space, utilities and communication for a tax deduction as well, which is very attractive, ummm, at least at the present time. Who knows how hungry government is going to be for confiscating (stealing) more of our hard earned dollars.



Dee


Edited by dfahey (01/23/09 03:59 PM)
Edit Reason: more toughts
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