Breaking the Mold: Why You Should Consider Becoming a Mobile Hairstylist

As hairstylists, we thrive on creativity and change. After all, that's the essence of what we do, isn't it? We use our knowledge, skills, and imagination to give our clients a change they may not even know they're looking for.

Unfortunately, though, many of us are also stuck in a system that’s far too limiting. We were sold large pipe dreams in cosmetology school, but in reality, the industry isn’t nearly as full of possibility as we were always told. Most of us end up splitting our commission 50/50 with a salon while struggling to build up our own clientele. And there are so many stylists out there that the odds are really stacked against you.

That’s probably not what you envisioned when you signed up for cosmetology school, but it’s the truth.

If you're dissatisfied with the industry status quo—like so many of us are—why not make a change? Instead of putting in your hours at the same salon every single day, take your know-how on the road as a mobile hairstylist! Moving beyond the salon might seem scary, but it has the potential to change your professional outlook in more ways than one.

Eight Reasons to Quit the Salon and Become Your Own Boss


At Cribcut, we help hairstylists make the move from salon life to successful independent business owner. Here's why our many styling partners say that going mobile was one of the best professional decisions they've ever made.

1. You keep 100% of your revenue.

Let's start with the most obvious and valuable benefit: you keep 100% of your revenue.

Yes, that's right. As a mobile hairstylist, you get to keep 100% of the money you earn. Not the typical 50-50 split you see from hair salons around town. Not a low hourly wage or uncertain commission-based structure. Just you and 100% of your earnings—together like you should be!

This rule applies not only to your service fees and tips but your product sales as well. You can choose your own products, set your own prices, and keep 100% of the revenue from every sale.

2. Your work benefits you.

This one goes hand in hand with the previous benefit, but it brings a slightly different point to light. When you provide a mobile hair service, the work you put in benefits you.

In addition to keeping 100% of your revenue, your business is yours. It's an asset that belongs to you. That means that if you decide later on to stop styling, you can sell your business or pass it along to another stylist, giving you an additional return on all your hard work.

As another related side benefit, many Cribcut clients love our independent business model. They feel good about spending their money on mobile hairstyling because they know that it's going directly to a local business owner.

3. You can work as much or as little as you want.


Because you can set your own schedule as a mobile hairdresser, you can work whichever number of hours suits your lifestyle. You'll even have the flexibility to change your schedule from week to week.

Going through a particularly expensive couple of weeks? Then just set up a few more appointment slots and fill them with clients! Need to find time for family or other personal obligations? Block a few slots off your schedule and spend those extra hours taking care of business.

When your work schedule is in your hands, it's easier to achieve the work-life balance you need.

4. You can have more fun on the job.


Even if your brick-and-mortar salon has a great atmosphere, working in the same environment every day can get old fast. With Cribcut, you're constantly moving around. You can stop by the coffee shop between clients, grab lunch at your favorite deli, or zone out to your favorite playlist on the way to your next appointment.

And the mobile hairstyling appointments themselves are often more fun, too! You get to experience a variety of different homes and offices, and clients often feel more relaxed in their own environments. Mobile hairstylists get to share some good laughs and great conversation while still earning a profit.

5. You can take care of personal errands.

When you're tied to a salon chair for a set number of hours a day, it can be difficult to take care of all those little errands that accumulate throughout the week. Even a 5-minute phone call can be hard to squeeze into your day! As a traveling hairstylist, though, you're always on the go—which means that you're never far from the bank, post office, or pharmacy when you really need to get something done today.

Knowing that you'll be in a certain area of town anyway could actually simplify your routine! Just plan to stop by the grocery store or the gym on your way home from a certain client, and you've taken care of your professional and personal needs at the same time.

6. You can experience professional satisfaction again.


You probably became a hairstylist for two reasons: you like doing hair, and you like making people feel good about themselves. After years of working in a salon, though, it's easy to get caught up in the petty drama and office drudgery—maybe making you forget why you even joined this industry in the first place.

As a mobile hairstylist with Cribcut, you can cut through all that negativity and take yourself back to the core of it all: connecting with clients and making them feel great. You'll get to visit your clients in their own environments, have natural and unfiltered conversations, and walk away with a sense of fulfillment knowing how much they appreciate your mobile hair service.

7. You can get started today.

Making any significant career change is scary, no doubt about it. But the beauty of joining an established service like Cribcut is that you can take the leap with plenty of support. You won't be going in blind; you'll be following a proven model with access to resources, tools, and advice catered specifically to traveling hairdressers.

You can sign up today and be set to go under one week with support that includes:

  • Mobile salon equipment
  • Assistance with your "grand opening" marketing campaign
  • Website and software design/setup
  • Physical and digital marketing materials
  • Sales and business training

We also provide ongoing support that even covers insurance for you and your clients!

8. You can change your mind at any time.

The flexibility that’s built into Cribcut leads to another important fact: if you decide that running a mobile hair salon is just not for you, that's perfectly okay! Just as it was hassle-free to sign up and get started, it'll be easy for you to move on if you choose to. Because Cribcut works on a month-to-month basis (with no long-term contracts of any kind), you can walk away penalty-free at any time.

That being said, we haven't spoken with any mobile hairstylists who don't like the freedom and control of owning their own business. But it is a possibility, and we want you to know that you won't be tied down.

Ready to Set Your Own Schedule, Make Your Own Money, and Be Your Own Boss? Join Cribcut Today!


"Being your own boss" is a dream that many people hold onto their entire lives, but precious few actually get the opportunity to make happen. If you're a hairstylist working in a traditional salon, you have that opportunity now—and it's simple to get started.

Succeeding as a mobile hairstylist isn't always easy, but the work you put in can pay dividends in terms of a more flexible schedule, more money in your pocket, and a more fulfilling career. Find out more about how to become a successful independent business owner by contacting Cribcut today! We'd love to answer any questions you might have and help you take the first step on your mobile hairstyling journey.

Courtney Whynott

Courtney Whynott

Cribcut mobile stylist helping other stylists achieve their dreams! Get in touch with me at

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