Learn How to Become a Beauty Supply Distributor

If you're looking to work in the beauty industry but aren't interested in a career as a hairstylist or esthetician, then you might enjoy a career as a beauty supply distributor, or beauty rep. 

A beauty supply distributor usually gets to work independently, and there often can be travel involved. You essentially will become a middle man between big beauty brands and the salons and spas that purchase equipment and products from them.

Becoming a beauty distributor is an exciting career, perfect for someone who loves beauty but likes to work independently. Read on as we walk you through the simple steps to becoming a beauty rep. 

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Research

The first step you'll want to take on the path to becoming a beauty supply distributor is to research where you will be getting your products from. There are several wholesale beauty distributors that hire representatives. The most important aspect in partnering with a distributor is making sure they have high-quality products that you would want to represent.

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Network

Contact other beauty reps in your area and see if they will sit down and share some of their experiences with you. Learning from someone else can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

This is also a great way to find out which companies are the best ones to work with, and who takes the best care of their reps. 

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Licensing

Most beauty reps are required to have a vendor's license. To find out which forms you'll need and what the fee is for your state, contact your county auditor's office for appropriate instructions on how to obtain your vendor's license. 

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Applying

Once you have your vendor's license squared away, and you've decided which company you want to work with, go to their website and enter your contact information. A representative will contact you and send all the application forms and information that you'll need. 

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Getting Started

Once you've become a beauty representative, your company will send you a start-up kit that will include everything you need to get your business started. 

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Create a Website

Having a strong online presence is more important than ever. Building your website and utilizing social media can be one of the fastest ways to attract new customers, build your business, and make more money.

Don't feel like you have to invest a ton of money on a web designer. Sites like squarespace.com and weebly.com offer everything you need to build your own website. I have no tech knowledge myself, and I've been able to build several sites using these outlets. 

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Give Face

Online marketing isn't the only way to get new clients. Go around to your local salons and spas and introduce yourself to the managers and salon owners.

Bringing in samples and brochures of your products is a great way to catch their eye and get them interested. Salon owners want to work with easygoing representatives that aren't going to try and sell them on every product they represent, so be direct, but not pushy.

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