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How to Start a Cosmetic Business

Updated on August 7, 2015

Getting Started

How to Start a Cosmetic Business may not be as hard as you think. The first thing to decide is if you want to start your own line of cosmetics or if you would like to become a representative for companies that are already well established. If you want to start your own cosmetic company there is a lot more to consider.

One of the first things you need to do is write a business plan which is your plan for your business in full detail from start to finish. The next thing you should do is find out what your licensing requirements will be in your state. Your company will need a logo. You can design it yourself or you may decide that you want someone else like a graphic artist to design a more professional logo for you. You will want to patent your companies idea so that no one else can steal your idea and so that you are the only one with your companies name and brand.

Then decide what products you will want to sell. Next do your research and find companies that will supply you with the products that you want to sell. If you want to manufacturer your own products then you will need to go a step further. You may need a chemist to help prepare your products. Then of course there is packaging and labeling. You can find companies online that will help you with this. There are certain guidelines by the FDA that need to be followed when manufacturing your own cosmetics. Make sure you find out what those guidelines are.

Once you have products in line then you will need a personal website to create a web store. Catalogs, flyers, and business cards will also be needed to help market your business. You can make these yourself in Microsoft Publisher or have them made from companies that will handle your printing needs.

Organization is major when it comes to the success of your business. The use of the proper paper work will be very helpful. You will want to keep an inventory list to track your sales and to see how much you are selling. You should also keep a log of everything you sell. You can do this with the use of receipts that you keep from sales. You should always keep a copy of receipts for yourself. Keeping data in your computer will be very helpful as well. When the time comes at the end of the year to do your taxes you will have that information in your computer to give to your accountant.

Some other ways you can market your cosmetic business are by having pampering parties to show your line. You can also offer free facials. Set the facials up by appointment and use this as an opportunity to gain new clients. By offering special discounts and coupon offers repeat clients will play a major role in building your business. Make sure you offer a line of cosmetics that is fortified for all skin types. Spend the time needed with clients ensuring that they are well pleased by offering top-of-the-line services, will increase sales dramatically.

Another way to spread the news about your business is to hire sales representatives or affiliate marketers like some of the larger companies we know such as Avon and Mary K. You never know your company may grow as big as they are.

Helpful links:


Order cosmetic containers here.

This is another place to order cosmetic containers from.

This is a sample business plan for a cosmetic company.

Learn how to make your own cosmetics here.

This site will let you know how much money you will need to start-up a cosmetic company.

If you feel that starting your own cosmetic company is too overwhelming, try becoming a self employed beauty adviser for companies that are already established. Either way you will be self employed and responsible for filing your taxes at the end of the year. There are a lot of companies that would love to have you sell their products and earn a commission for your sales. Most companies will allow you to start working immediately with free training and an online store that they have already created. The start-up cost could be as low as $15 and as high as $200.00 Which ever way you decide, a cosmetic career can be very rewarding and exciting.

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      Drake Nz 7 months ago

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      Landon 16 months ago

      Hope you can find some things you want

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

      I really hope someone uses the tips!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Useful tips here on how to start a cosmetic business. most helpful to anyone of interest.