How to Start a Mobile Spa Business

Mobile spas have been picking up in popularity because of the convenience they give to customers. Realizing this, you may have thought of starting a mobile spa but you don’t know what you need.

This article will guide you through the steps of setting up your very own mobile spa business.

The spa is already a lucrative business. People frequent spas to relax by getting themselves a massage, or to work out their beauties by availing of facials, hair care and nail care services. What’s more, rich people like to frequent spas because they have the money to pay for them. There are rich people who like to have the spa come to their homes, which is possible now because of the mobile spa. Here are the important things that you need to have when you want to start a mobile spa business:

Financing for Mobile Spa Business

You would need a lot of money as mobile spa needs specialized equipment for a lot of services. The total money that you have to spend on your equipment depends on the type and number of equipment that you will procure. Since it is mobile, this type of spa does not need office space although you may choose to rent some space just to give your business a presence.

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One other reason for the high amount for financing is the salary for your employees. Spa employees are paid regularly every month, regardless of whether or not you have serviced people. You need to have some money set aside for this just in case business is slow, or else you’ll end incurring losses due to the salaries alone.

Qualified Employees

To boost up the reputation of your mobile spa, you need to have only the best employees that there are in the industry. It is these employees that will be responsible for the feedbacks that will ultimately make or break your fledgling mobile spa business. You would need these kinds of employees for your spa:

  • Masseurs, preferably skilled in these massages:
    - Aromatherapy
    - Deep tissue
    - Swedish
    - Stone Therapy
    - Thai
    - Indian head massage
    - Seated chair massage
  • Reflexologists
  • Beauticians for your facial, hair and nail services.

Making Contacts for Mobile Spa Business

Mobile spas thrive on having contacts, as these contacts will be the ones to hook you up with clients. You can build up contacts by either working first in a mobile spa company, or to conduct a successful marketing campaign.

People most of the times spend max of their time surfing the Internet and finding the information that they need there. You can take advantage of this by setting up a website for your company that is already optimized for the search engines. Using your website, you can launch a viral marketing campaign by posting invites in social networking sites as well as forums. You can choose to give out calling cards and flyers to people as well.

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270 Comments

  • Katrina said on February 19, 2009
    I started a mobile spa 9 yrs ago. Good business but didn't know how to market or work it. Could you please send me more information about running this type of business. Thanks
  • Keyana said on March 1, 2009
    I am interested in starting a mobile business and would like more information about it. Can you please send me more info. Thanks
  • Chavonn said on March 7, 2009
    I would like to start a mobile spa but need more info regarding salaries and rates. Can you please give me some guidelines. Thank you.
  • Ranesha said on March 18, 2009
    i want to start a mobile business but i would like more information about how to market it, what is required to get started, and whats the average to charge and what equipment needed. thank you!
  • parneet kaur said on March 25, 2009
    it is an interesting idea,I am interested in starting up a mobile spa but i have certain investment constraints. can u tell me the minimum investment needed. Thanks Parneet
  • Nakia said on March 25, 2009
    I am interested in starting a mobile spa please send me more info. Thank You.
  • Ranya said on March 25, 2009
    I am interested in starting a mobile spa, can u please e mail me some information especially in marketing. Thank you
  • Lynn said on March 30, 2009
    I am already in the mobile spa business, but need help on organizing it. There are time it just seem like it is too much stuff to lug around. Help!!!! Thanks.
  • Candace McLeod said on March 30, 2009
    Looking into starting my own mobile spa business, please give me information on what it would take to begin as far as a start up kit, supplies, fees to charge, and any other information I would need. Thank you!!!
  • Rochelle said on April 12, 2009
    I started a mobile service a few months ago, would like information on marketing, prices, salaries and rates, especially when employing an assistant. Also, need help on organizing, when going to a client. Thank-you!
  • Maris stellah mcha said on May 3, 2009
    Hi i have started a massage parlor which is most likely spa, i would like to know more about marketing. Thanks maris stela
  • SCJ said on June 1, 2009
    I am interested to start Mobile Spa Business. Even looking to technical Know how transfer also. Looking for your input. Regards
  • Irene said on June 3, 2009
    Hi, I would like to start a mobile spa. Hair facial, and nails... Please send me more information. I'm so excited I can hardly wait. Thank you
  • Evelyn said on June 7, 2009
    I would like to start a mobile business. I need to know if you have any information if I have an idea to make any change or add on to a commercial vehicle, to make it workable for my mobile business to be used for the type of business I have in mind. I also need to know if this would be an patent or trade mark needed by law? And with this idea how would I go at getting the manufacturing start to finish? And the cost of manufacturing, with no credit, no money, and no family or friends that can help me? Along with other business starting needs. This is not for any mobile business you already have on your list. I am sorry, but can you help me with any information please. Thank You!
  • meshell davis said on June 11, 2009
    Hola!! Yes I do need lots of info on starting a spa and also a mobile spa. How much does it cost..low end and high end? Please include employee salaries, equipment, supplies and anything else that I did not mention. Thanks
  • Vicky said on June 23, 2009
    Could you please supply more information on what does it take for starting a new mobile spa business? Thanks in advance V.X
  • deizy valigy said on June 25, 2009
    Good day, I am from Africa and thinking of opening a mobile Spa business. I would like to get more insight, and for those who have opened could i get some insight, what was done to market it correctly, plus minus how much was spent, what was harder. Share some insight. REGARDS
  • Cindy said on June 27, 2009
    Hello, I'm an Estheticia and I'm interested in starting a mobile spa business, but I don't know what paper work (license) I need to start the business. I would greatly appreciate any information. Thank you!
  • Jamellia said on July 9, 2009
    Hi, I am interested in starting a mobile spa in Jamaica. I just wanted some advice on what not to do so I can avoid the start up mistakes.
  • Denise Castille said on July 13, 2009
    Please send information on starting a mobile spa. Was interested in starting a stationary spa, but the idea of a mobile spa sounds perfect.
  • ramatar agrawalla said on July 17, 2009
    please send information on starting a mobile spa. i know about mobile spa. can you email me? thanks.
  • nes said on July 25, 2009
    I'm planning to start my own mobile nail spa/salon in our suburb & neighboring subdivisions. How can I market it effectively especially during its pre-launching phase? Thanks!
  • reex lopez said on August 9, 2009
    i would like to have information on how to start a mobile spa business. please advise
  • Deepa said on August 12, 2009
    I would like more info on how to start the business, market it and where to get the equipments. Is there any restrictions for a mobile spa, registration of names, need to meet certain criteria?
  • Aom K. said on August 16, 2009
    I'm interested on starting mobile spa business. please send me more information. thank you
  • RayNell said on August 23, 2009
    i have a mobile spa business now. need help on how to market more and and set the prices. Thanks RayNell
  • Roy said on September 4, 2009
    Hi, my wife is trying to start a mobile nail business in Florida, but I'm getting conflicting information on the legal requirements. Some say it can't be done, but I can't imagine there's not a way for a licensed nail tech to be able to go to her clients homes to give manicures and pedicures. Any ideas? Thanks!
  • Maria said on October 7, 2009
    I want to start a little girls spa party on the go. I have my NYS Certified Esthetic License, I would love to work mobile and be able to set up the parties. Maybe offer like mini mani/pedi, facials, dress up, a creation station; like make your own lip gloss, flipflop, etc...
  • Candice said on October 8, 2009
    I will be starting a mobile spa business but would like some more info on it. Best ways to lug around equipment, any laws I should know about etc... Thanks!
  • Brandy Croswell said on October 12, 2009
    Hi, I am very interested in starting a mobile spa business however I do not know where to begin and what is needed. I would appreciate any help that you could offer. thanks, Brandy
  • Carol Thomas said on October 12, 2009
    Hi, I am very interest in starting a mobile spa business. I would like more information about the business. Anything that would help me get started I would love to hear. Carol
  • Manish said on October 16, 2009
    Hi, A couple of my friends and I have decided to start a mobile spa. We would appreciate if you could share your experience with us. Thanks, Manish
  • Mrs Pauline Uwodi said on October 29, 2009
    I am interested in starting a mobile spa business. I would like to know how to go about it
  • Donna said on October 30, 2009
    I am interested in turning my salon biz to a spa mobile biz...any help would be greatly appreciated.......
  • Margarita B. said on November 7, 2009
    I would love to have some more inf..I'm in NJ, Esthetician. I'm interested in starting a mobile SPA Biz, Thank you.
  • Kerry said on November 7, 2009
    I really want to start my own Facial threading business at home i'm a licensed esthetician in Florida what other licenses do i need to do it at home? Thank you any help would be appreciated.
  • heather said on November 9, 2009
    Please could you send me information on how to get started on setting up my own mobile spa business? Do i need to register as i have thought of my mobile business name and how do i go about this?
  • caroline said on November 12, 2009
    Hi, I have been running a mobile spa for 1 year, i need help on marketing my business and keeping my clients. Thank you.
  • Divina said on November 15, 2009
    Could you send me information about how to start my mobile spa. Marketing and Pricing services. Thank you
  • Nox said on November 19, 2009
    Hi, could you help am looking into starting a mobile spa, my main problem is staffing. how do i pay them. monthly or daily and at what rate.. Also marketing strategies. How to draw contract and financial statements.. Nox. In Durban, South Africa. mobile spa business
  • shannon said on December 4, 2009
    Troy, IL, USA. I am in the process of starting a mobile spa business but can use all of the help that I can get as I am sort of feeling my way through this. Can you help me?
  • joy said on December 13, 2009
    The Mobile Spa is an excellent business, and very profitable for friendly people. I can provide help to anyone interested with start-up in the areas of training, licensing, marketing and determining which services to specialize in. Client selection is also important. If interested, please contact me via email for further details. Good luck to you all.
  • joy said on December 13, 2009
    Since I noticed my email is not clickable, here goes: [email protected] Please, no spam! In subject line, state "Mobile Spa". Thanks.
  • Maureen said on December 26, 2009
    looking for relevant information and assistance for a mobile spa and Gym. Also looking for interested persons looking to partner in new start-up mobile spa & gym biz based in London.
  • Quentin said on December 29, 2009
    I am interested in starting a mobile spa for parties, events, and corporate offices in Atlanta, GA, Dunwoody area. could you please send me info on how to market myself and how to write an proposal. thank you
  • Mr Henry said on January 11, 2010
    I would like detailed information on starting a Mobile Spa business in Van Nuys, Ca, los Angeles
  • Dionna said on January 12, 2010
    HI I'M IN NEW JERSEY AND I'M INTERESTED IN STARTED A MOBILE MASSAGE BUSINESS. IF THERE IS ANY INFO THAT YOU CAN GIVE ME TO HELP ME GET STARTED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
  • dhharram said on January 18, 2010
    would like to start a mobile spa business in mumbai, india. may i have an shop for the same? or any other info that u provide?
  • Tony said on January 18, 2010
    HI, I am in NY, and I am interested in starting a mobile massage business, but i need more information. Please help me to open that.
  • Paul Urso said on January 27, 2010
    I'm in Westchester County NY, lower Westchester and think I am in a perfect area for a mobil or even a store front spa. I have the money to invest but the hardest thing for me is to find good workers with there license. Please send me any info you have to help me get started.. I myself do not want to give the massage but want to hire the best of the best. I want to be know as the best, and classiest place around (Mobil and maybe store)
  • dee said on February 1, 2010
    406 w mango st lantana fl 33462 palm beach county. i would like to start a mobile spa business, i need help can u tell me how to start.
  • Chary said on February 8, 2010
    Hello, I'm in Miami, FL and would like to start a mobile spa business since there is such a big market for it. Please send me information on license and insurance requirements and any other information on using LMT's as subcontractors to work for the spa. Thanks
  • Dinah Jolly-keys said on February 10, 2010
    I am interested in starting a mobile spa business in Raleigh, NC. Something small with just me to start out with, and growing to the point that I am able to have a staff. Will you please send me any information that will help. Also I need to know where to buy mobile spa products. Please Help!!! Dinah Jolly-keys
  • memory said on March 1, 2010
    hie i'm a nail tech in durban i would like start my mobil business. what should i do to get clients. durban south africa
  • Elcie said on March 5, 2010
    hi, I am starting a mobile spa in Miami and can't seem to located the right equipment. I want to know where i can purchase cordless spa equipment to operate a mobile spa, for example steamer,lamp, etc.
  • Rosario Urena said on March 16, 2010
    Hello, i want to start my own spa mobil. I want to know more information all that I need it for this, I am living in New York. Thank you
  • virginia Nguyen said on March 21, 2010
    I would like to open a mobile spa in Houston TX. I want to know more about the mobile spa business. Thanks
  • Rebecca said on March 22, 2010
    I'm opening a mobile spa in London, Ontario, Canada...please send all the information you can
  • Jewel Whinfield said on March 22, 2010
    Hello, I'm interested in opening a mobile spa in my area, Brooklyn, NY. I would appreciate and further information that you can provide. Thank you very much!
  • Jennie said on March 27, 2010
    Hello, I started a mobile spa business (Clarkston, MI - USA) about a year ago and am having some trouble with advertising (finding clients). I would like to expand and make the business more profitable. Please send any help you have to offer.
  • Christina said on April 2, 2010
    Hello, I'm interested in starting a mobile spa business. I've already completed the Clinical Massage Therapy program and have received my certification. Please send me info and what other necessary steps I need to take in order to get the ball running. I'm interested in the following areas: Chicago, IL, Tampa, FL, and Atlanta, GA
  • Donna said on April 15, 2010
    Hello I am a Certified Personal Trainer, Sports Massage Therapist, NCBTMB Certified ABMP insured & Lic Esthetician. looking to start a mobile fitness/ spa service. I want to stay solo, not looking to grow just want to work when I want. I am in southern ca. beach area. How do I get started????
  • Tammy said on April 18, 2010
    Hello, I am interested in starting a kids spa business for entertainment purposes only. I need ideas on where to start and how to advertise my business. Once I start that business, then I want to cater to adults. I want to specialize in spa parties and eye lash extensions. Please help!
  • LANGA SLINDILE said on April 20, 2010
    I WANT TO START A SPA MOBILE BUSINESS BUT I AM CLUELESS ON HOW TO START IT SO CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME WITH ALL THE INFO YOU CAN GIVE. I WOULD APPRECIATE A PROMPT REPLY. THANKS
  • Jennifer Becher said on April 28, 2010
    I want to open a mobile spa business. Please send me more information. I live in Twin Lake, MI.
  • Heather Brown said on May 7, 2010
    Just like all the people above I am looking into starting my own Mobile Spa business. I'm thinking nails, facials, waxing, maybe air brush tanning, hair etc. I don't even know where to begin. I'm sure I need licenses, insurance etc. Can you please send me some more information? Thank you, Heather Brown
  • Robin said on May 11, 2010
    i am looking forward to open a mobile spa business in Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Paola Cohen said on May 21, 2010
    Hello, I am in Miami, Fl. Please send me information on how to start a mobile spa business, including license, insurance etc. Thank you
  • t. lovell said on May 23, 2010
    i live in nyc i will like to start a mobil spa, where do i start;
  • ritika gupta said on May 24, 2010
    hello, I would be interested in starting a mobile spa with fish therapy involved in it . please send me information . I live in mumbai , india
  • Hey i'm Annais said on May 26, 2010
    Hello! I will like to start a Mobil spa just me for now in Huntington Beach ,CA. I have license. Please i need a list with minim equipment and products just for facial and waxing, no body massage. Thank You !
  • Donna said on May 27, 2010
    I am a certified personal trainer, sports massage therapist & ca lic esthetician. I want to know the steps in starting a SOLO spa business. I am not looking to work full time or take on employees I am in Huntington beach and want to be very exclusive. I train people from Seal Beach to Corona Del Mar. I also have my Calif certification for massage and I am certified NCBTMB and insured ABMP for aesthetics and massage. I need info on what legal steps I need to complete. Thanks!
  • Jitender kaushik said on May 30, 2010
    Brand name for luxury services for sale. The brand name " Mobisca.com " is best for spa and related business. Other businesses which can use this name are: jewelry, perfume, mobiles and related fields. Price is in range of mid to high $xx,xxx. Thanks
  • Yolanda said on June 8, 2010
    I am interested in starting a mobile spa business in Dallas, TX. Please send me more information on how to get started and market.
  • Jess said on June 8, 2010
    I'm trying to set up my own mobile beauty buisness but i dont know where to start i would really like to start by the end of this year so any help would be amazing thanks
  • Binetou said on June 13, 2010
    I'm interested in the mobile spa business and fish therapy. Can you send me info please ? Dakar, SENEGAL
  • Jubilant said on June 30, 2010
    hi i opened a mobile spa february 2010 and so far i have managed to keep the clients i started out with so i guess i have the ability to keep clients, but now how do i market myself to get more clients. Middelburg Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Johanna said on June 30, 2010
    I'm trying to set up a mobile beauty business. Certification as chemical specialist, not sure what other if any certifications I would need to start a mobile business. At my previous job I did make up consults. So doing makeovers would be also part of it. Please help me out. Thanks. Mansfield, Texas.
  • dally said on July 2, 2010
    I am an esthetician specialize in facials and body treatments, i want to start mobile spa only in skin care right now. Can please help me and tell me how to start and what i need to start. Thanks. St Augustine, Florida.
  • brandon thomas said on July 6, 2010
    i want to start a mobile nail spa and i just need some help knowing how to start it and what i may need. huntsville Al alabama
  • Maribel Jurado said on July 8, 2010
    Miami, Fl. i want to start a mobile business but i would like more information about how to market it, what is required to get started, and whats the average to charge also what equipment is needed, please send me all information it will greatly appreciated. Thank you
  • Maria said on July 8, 2010
    I am interested in starting a mobile spa business. What are the steps that I need to start it up? what are the normal salaries to employees? where is the equipment being bought? What are some marketing ideas do suggest? Thank you!!
  • karen said on July 13, 2010
    Hi, i am interested in starting a mobile spa, can you advise what the start up costs would be, salaries for employees, equipment, marketing, etc. I have no idea where to start so i'm hoping you could help. THANKS, KAREN! Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sayron said on July 15, 2010
    Hello, I am currently planning to start a mobile buisness from salon to salon. Can you give me some pointers as to start up and a buisness plan? Thanks Miami Fl
  • Yuni said on July 26, 2010
    I am a Spa Consultant & Spa trainer from Indonesia. I set up/work now in Philippines. I set up many Spa in the resort from the beginning. I am the one set up the Spa at Badian Island Resort & Spa since the beginning & now I set up at Sheridan Beach resort & Spa from the beginning also. I train the therapist from 0 until the become professional Spa therapist, I create the treatment stepping/stroke, I make the products from Natural Ingredients. Looking for partner who want to set up a Spa business. Because I more interesting now set up my own Spa business.
  • Jan said on July 26, 2010
    I am interested in the mobile spa business. What is the start up cost? I am in Alabama and also Atlanta, GA. Any advice appreciated. We already own a small trucking business, but I'm looking to get into something else also. Jan
  • Pamela said on July 28, 2010
    I'm a massage therapist in California and State Lisc Esthetician please send me any info to Prepare and Plan for a mobile Spa Business Thank you so much.
  • tim danh said on July 29, 2010
    hi i'm a nail technician i have been working for nails company for 5 year in new zealand i do have a good job i also have all product and equipment of that company i work for but i do not have certificate of nail technician and now i would like to do a mobile spa but i do not know how to run a mobile business could you please send me any info to Prepare and Plan for a mobile Spa Business. Thank you so much.
  • cheryl williams said on August 5, 2010
    Hi, My name is Cheryl, I would like to start a mobile spa. What are the requirements to open the spa? Do i need a beautician license? I am going to be hiring employee's do i need to have a license? Can you please send me all the info to start a mobile spa including a business plan. For those that have the experience in operation a mobile spa feel free to email as well :[email protected] with your suggestion. Thank You, Cheryl
  • anita said on August 14, 2010
    Middelburg Mapumalanga South Africa. I have just started my mobile spa and would like to get more tips for this business.
  • lily said on August 15, 2010
    hi i'm a nail technician and now i would like to do a mobile nail service in Australia but i do not know how to run a mobile business could you please send me all information to start mobile nail service. thank you so much
  • vikas said on August 16, 2010
    i am interested in mobile spa in Delhi India. pls more information provide me. i would like more information about market & rates. thanks vikas
  • saupe kjeld said on August 17, 2010
    I am to open a mobile spa in Switzerland and would love to get some information. thank you for supporting
  • George said on August 20, 2010
    I AM PLANING TO TO START A MOBILE SPA IN HEILBRON SO I'M IN NEED OF INFORMATION BECAUSE I'M CURRENTLY STUDYING RETAIL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AS A 3RD YEAR STUDENT I REAL HAVE PASSION IN BUSINESS BUT I DONT HAVE STARTING CAPITAL PLEASE I NEED MORE INFORMATION
  • CR said on August 24, 2010
    my husband and I want to start in this business but we dont know what marketing plan use....please if you can send me more information how to get clients that will be great. thank you!!
  • Sustem ginting said on August 24, 2010
    i just started this business in bali, indonesia. but i really need some help to get client / marketing strategy. thank you.
  • pat s said on September 1, 2010
    I's like to do a mobile spa including hair and makeup Please advise me on what the legal requirements are and what licensing is needed other than cosmetology. I'm am more interested in the business legal side. I have been in the business many years Please send any information you have. thank you
  • Nakia said on September 1, 2010
    Hello, My name is Nakia and I am a recent esthetician grad. I want to start a mobile facial/waxing spa. Please send me info on how to start. Thank you very much!
  • marjorie said on September 14, 2010
    I would like some information on how to start a mobile spa business in miami fl
  • cindy said on September 14, 2010
    hi i would like to start a mobile spa business in gauteng, South Africa and need more information. please

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