If you love makeup and fashion, at the same time you like the idea of working from home (especially with the pandemic around), then getting into beauty careers from home is perfect for you.
Yes, you read it right, you can work from home while enjoying your love for anything to do with beauty. Thanks to the radical transformation brought by technology.
Over the years, the beauty industry has grown. People become so conscious about how they look and how they feel about themselves that they run into beauty experts to ask or solicit for help.
In the United States alone, based on a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in “personal appearance worker occupations is projected to grow at least 13 percent from 2016 to 2026“. The growth is faster than the typical 7 percent for all occupations over ten years. On average, BLS projects around 115,600 annual openings.
Similar to other industries, the beauty industry has already evolved. Back then, when we talk about beauty, the first thing that comes to mind is the ones working as cosmetologists, skincare specialists, hairstylists, barbers, etc. Today, with the advent of the internet and with digital technology, the beauty industry has widened. Meaning, it is no longer limited to those occupations we mentioned a while ago, but that it also includes beauty writers, influencers, bloggers, personal shoppers, and more — which by the way is what we are going to focus on today.
When the remote work setup became popular, these beauty careers from home also existed – giving an alternative option to people who want to pursue a job or career in fashion, but at the same time, love the idea of working from home.
You know what? With the pandemic going around, we won’t be surprised if this industry grows more in the coming days, weeks, months, or even years. The beauty industry is definitely one of the badly hit industries when the pandemic occurred. So, for sure, people who are working under this industry will find ways to continue doing something they love but in a safer environment.
As already mentioned, today, we are going to share with you a couple of beauty careers from home options that you may want to look into. Who knows, this might eventually be your full-time career, right?
WHAT IS THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY ALL ABOUT?
First of all, before we share with you the different beauty career options you can do at home, we thought it is also important to go down memory lane and refresh your thoughts on what the beauty industry is all about.
As we always say, it is important that when you jump into something, you are fully aware, fully knowledgeable of the industry you are getting yourself into. In anything, expertise and knowledge are very important in order to succeed. Of course, passion and interest are also keys to success.
Anyway, traditionally, the beauty industry, or more popularly known as the cosmetic industry is the kind of industry that encompasses sales of different beauty products like perfume, skin and hair care products, and of course, cosmetics.
Meanwhile, beauty spas and salons are considered as service sector of the industry. Furthermore, some economic experts also include cosmetic surgery as well as health clubs in their definition of what comprises the beauty or cosmetic industry.
Additionally, with the changes brought about by the advent of technology and the internet. The beauty industry’s career scope has widened as well. Beauty bloggers, writers, etc. are also considered as part of the industry now.
The beauty or cosmetic industry is a huge market. In the United States alone, according to a report by GlobeNewswire, the beauty or cosmetic industry was worth $93.5 billion in 2019, which was a big increase from $74.7 billion from the year before that. Meanwhile, globally, the beauty industry is worth about $532 billion according to a Forbes report.
In 2020 and the years to come, experts believe that the beauty industry in the country and in the world will continue to grow.
Now, before we proceed, if you are interested in pursuing a career in the beauty industry, check below video by Beauty Schools Directory to know where to find them:
WHY WORK FROM HOME?
So, now that you already have an idea of what the beauty industry is all about, this time around, we are going to share with you some of the benefits of working from home. This section is for people who have not tried working from home yet or are hesitant about the idea of working from home.
Hopefully, this enlightens, encourages, at the same time, gives hope to displaced workers who are part of the beauty industry.
Some of the benefits of pursuing a beauty career from home are:
- You own your time. – Generally speaking, working from home allows you to work at your own pace – unless of course, your client specifies a particular work schedule. To be honest, this is one of the key benefits of working remotely. You are not pressured with being on time, because it’s generally very flexible.
- You can work anywhere. – Apart from working at your own pace, working remotely allows you to work anywhere you want. You can work from home, from your favorite coffee shop, you can even work while on vacation. Where you do not matter. What matters is your work, your output.
- You get to save money. – Since you work from home, you get to save money from gas or transportation expenses. You also save a couple of bucks from eating in restaurants and buying your favorite latte from your favorite coffee shop. Especially during these times, savings is really a must.
- You get to decide who and what to work for/on. – One thing we like about working from home is that you are able to decide who to work for, and what to work on. You have the freedom to choose, which is actually good because it makes you more productive when you want what you are doing or the person that you are working for.
- You can stay more focused on the work. – When you are in an office setting, there usually are a lot of distractions. However, when working remotely, unless you have super hyper kids to care for, you get to focus on the work more. When you are focused on the work, then that means you get to give your best to it – and your client will be happy, and you, too, of course.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT BEAUTY CAREERS FROM HOME TO CHOOSE FROM?
Having already discussed a few important points on what the beauty industry is all about, plus some of the benefits of working from home, in this section, we are going to share with you what we promised for since we started — the different beauty career options you can do from home.
Some of the beauty careers from home that you may want to get into include:
- Beauty Writer/Copywriter/Blogger
- Online Beauty Advisor
- Beauty Vlogger or Social Media Influencer
- Beauty Brand Ambassador
- Online Seller of Beauty Products
- Personal Makeup Shopper
- Freelance Makeup Artist
Now, let’s dig deeper into knowing more about each beauty career —
Are you passionate about beauty, at the same time, you have excellent writing skills? If your answer is yes, then becoming a beauty writer or a blogger is the perfect job for you.
If you love beauty and writing, you have three career options: one, beauty writer, two, beauty copywriter, and lastly, beauty blogger.
Yes, the two are totally different from each other although both require the same things – your knowledge on anything that has something to do with beauty, and your writing expertise.
First, as a beauty writer, your job is to create stories depending on what your client needs. You basically work as a ghostwriter. Normally, as a beauty writer or ghostwriter, you work for beauty bloggers, lifestyle websites, or if you do have really good work, you can even get a byline as a freelance beauty writer for magazines.
Second, as a beauty copywriter, your job is to write descriptions for beauty products online, and in catalogs. You can work for a specific brand, or you can work for an online beauty store.
Lastly, probably the most profitable option among the three is by becoming a beauty blogger. As a beauty blogger, you can write reviews of beauty products and services, or you can collaborate with brands to make money. Apart from that, you can also earn from ads and sponsorships. As we have said, there are a lot of earning potentials when you pursue a beauty blogging career.
How much you make as a beauty writer, copywriter, or blogger differ from one another.
When you work as a beauty writer or copywriter, your income or earning usually depends on what you and your client have agreed on. Also, it depends if you work fulltime or part-time. Your expertise, experience, and knowledge will also be factored in.
To give you an idea, though, generally speaking, freelance writers earn an average of $52,807 annually, according to Glassdoor. Meanwhile, freelance copywriters could earn $81,748 per year on an average.
Now, for beauty bloggers, they earn anywhere between $10 and $1,000 up to more than $10,000 a month. Successful beauty bloggers out there even earn as much as over $100,000 in a month! But then again, that depends on a number of factors like sponsorships, collaborations, ads, consistency of your content, etc.
Online Beauty Advisor
Also known as makeup consultants, online beauty advisors are the ones people go to when they need advice or recommendations on certain beauty needs.
As an online beauty advisor or consultant, you work directly with people. You answer their beauty-related questions, demonstrate makeup techniques, inform clients or customers about product details, and provide beauty product advice as well.
To be an online beauty advisor or consultant, you need beauty expertise. You must also be familiar with beauty products and techniques. Otherwise, no one will believe you.
While there are a couple of ways to set up this kind of business, the best thing to do is to start within your circle of friends first. Once you have gained confidence, and your friends have spread the word about the service you offer, consider creating a private Facebook group specifically intended for business. The group will serve as an avenue where your clients or potential clients can ask questions.
How much you make as an online beauty advisor or consultant greatly depends on how many clients you have. So, basically, the more people you have reached out, the higher your earning will be.
However, to give you an idea, some make as much as $8,000 a month. Again, it really depends on how hard you work to gain clients.
Beauty Vlogger or Social Media Influencer
Vlogging or video blogging has become really popular these days. Even normal people, without beauty background, can set up her own YouTube channel, and earn as much as six digits a month!
Meanwhile, social media influencers are growing. Vloggers are actually considered as influencers, the same as those people with growing Facebook and Instagram followers. As long as you have a huge following in your social media accounts, you are automatically considered an influencer.
Generally, social media influencers are present in all social media platforms — including YouTube (which means they also vlog).
Both as a vlogger and/or social media influencer, you earn from a couple of ways similar to blogging. You can earn from ads, sponsorships, reviews as well as collaborations.
How much you make as a vlogger or social media influencer depends on a number of factors, which we mentioned earlier. In addition, the number of subscribers is also factored in.
However, successful vloggers and social media influencers are actually able to earn as much as five to six digits a month! Now you know why there is a lot of video content creator turned social media influencers these days.
Beauty Brand Ambassador
A beauty brand ambassador’s job is to help companies, organizations, or brands to help raise awareness about the products or services they offer, and essentially, increase sales.
As a beauty brand ambassador, you are expected to promote/advertise/market the products or services offered by the brand across all your social media pages.
Beauty brand ambassadors are usually social media influencers or vloggers, too. It’s just that they are committed to the brands they are working with.
Again, this kind of beauty career from home is ideal for those who have huge social media following.
According to Glassdoor, beauty brand ambassadors can make an average of $29,311 a year.
Online Seller of Beauty Products
Apart from the beauty careers from home that we already shared, another option is to become an online seller of beauty products.
There are two popular ways for you to choose from: one is to sell products that you personally made or created, two are reselling existing products.
The first option requires a lot of time and effort. It requires dedication. Also, it can be challenging especially with so many existing products to compete with.
Between the two options, we highly recommend reselling beauty products. Let’s be realistic, it’s easier to sell products that people already know.
You can also try reselling products offered by direct-selling companies like Beautycounter, Avon, Mary Kay, Rodan + Fields, and EVER.
Now, to sell online, you can take advantage of various online marketplaces like Amazon or Etsy, or you can sell via social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram.
How much you make depends entirely on how hardworking you are. The thing about online selling is that there are no guaranteed sales. How much you earn depends on month after month.
Personal Makeup Shopper
Generally, a personal shopper is someone who helps others shop by making advice and suggestions. Although a lot of personal shoppers are usually on clothes, some focus specifically on makeup. Thus, personal makeup shoppers exist.
As a personal makeup shopper, you basically do the same thing as other personal shoppers do — you give advice and make suggestions based on what you think suits best for your client’s needs.
Becoming a personal makeup shopper is actually another opportunity to run your own business.
As a personal makeup shopper, you can either shop independently or be with your client at the store to help them pick things out. However, since you are your own boss, you can decide what type of service you are going to offer your clients.
Usually, you decide how much your rate is. When you are deciding on your rate, you need to consider a lot of factors like your expertise, knowledge, experience, the time you are allotting for the work, and more.
Typically, though, personal makeup shoppers earn roughly around $60 per hour. But again, it could be more or less depending on the factors we mentioned.
Freelance Makeup Artist
Technically, this job requires you to be onsite. However, the reason why we included this in our list of beauty careers from home is that when you work as a freelancer, you basically own your time. You also make decisions on your own – like who to service to and who to decline.
In addition, as a freelance makeup artist, you do not have to work on a particular work schedule on a day to day basis. How much time you allot for work depends on how many gigs you decide to work on.
According to Glassdoor, a freelance makeup artist in the United States can earn an average of $34,114 annually. Again, how much you make depends entirely on you. If you want to earn more, then you have to accept as many makeup gigs as you can.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON BEAUTY CAREERS FROM HOME
With how crucial health and safety are these days, working from home is the most ideal way to stay healthy and safe, at the same time, make money.
It’s nice knowing that unlike before, today, even beauty experts and enthusiasts can pursue a career in this industry even from home.
Are you in this industry or planning to pursue a career in this industry but are afraid of the health and safety risks?