Insurance for self employed hairdressers

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Insurance for mobile hairdressers.
Insurance for mobile hairdressers.
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The problem

Mobile and self employed hairdressers face many risks

A treatment going wrong

A client is demanding compensation because the treatment you have recommended or provided has gone wrong.

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A client getting injured

Where scissors, chemicals and heat are used, an accident can happen at any time no matter how careful and well trained you are.

Receiving unfair chargebacks

Sometimes an unhappy client might decide to claw back what they've paid you by initiating a chargeback. If it is a substantial amount, you'll need help to fight it.

Something you said is taken out of context

Your business takes you to your clients's homes where everything becomes more personal. If you say something that's taken the wrong way, you may find yourself facing a legal claim.

You need self employed hairdresser insurance that's flexible, easy to change and competitively priced.

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what insurance does a self employed hairdresser need?

Choosing the right insurance for you depends on the size and nature of your business. Key insurance covers hairdressers and barbers should consider include:

Professional indemnity

Provides you with legal defence against claims of mistakes, breach of confidentiality or saying the wrong thing.

Business legal protect

Pays legal costs & expenses including appeal costs if you or your business face a legal threat or an HMRC/IR35 enquiry.

Public liability

Protects your business against claims of causing an injury or property damage to a third party.

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Why is self employed/mobile hairdressing insurance important?

Working with the public on their own schedule allows self employed and mobile hairdressers to enjoy freedom in their work, but it also comes with a range of responsibilities that could turn into a headache, should something go wrong.

By ensuring you and your livelihood are protected by professional indemnity and public liability insurance for self employed hairdressers, you’ll be able to focus on your loyal customers without worrying about an expensive claim that could blunt your business.

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Public liability insurance for self employed hairdressers

Public liability insurance is intended to protect against accidents that result in an injury or property damage. It is an inexpensive cover which provides peace of mind should accidental injury or damage happen while you’re with a client.

Whether it’s a wobbly chair or a slip of the hand, causing accidental injury to a client when they’re in your hands is something no hairdresser wants to experience. With public liability insurance, you can rest assured that any such slip-up won’t result in legal fees that render your business unviable.

As a self employed/mobile hairdresser looking at insurance, you’ll be an established and skilled hairdresser with a business worth protecting. Should an accident happen while you’re working, public liability insurance will cover legal costs and make sure you are well equipped with legal advice. Any compensation due is also covered.

Professional indemnity insurance for hairdressers

It takes more than just super-sharp skills and tools to be a successful hairdresser. The most successful self employed hairdresser will be a charming and personable individual who relies on the relationships they build to maintain a regular roster of clients – so you can imagine how much it stings when hardworking hairdressers find themselves on the receiving end of an accusation from a client.

So what is professional indemnity insurance and how can it protect you from a disgruntled client? Professional indemnity insurance will immediately have your back the second you receive an unhappy email, phone call or text threatening to sue you or demanding financial remedy. Your insurers will appoint the appropriate legal aid to review your specific situation and advise you on what to do next.

As a busy self employed hairdresser, we know that there simply isn’t room on your calendar for concerning yourself with the ins-and-outs of the legal system. Professional indemnity insurance acts as a guard to you and your business and will take over all communication between you and the client following a claim, or can work with you to provide a response. This will make sure you can remain focused on your business without any legal blips having a knock-on effect and taking up your precious time.

But the benefits don’t end there. Taking out professional indemnity insurance will make sure all legal costs are taken care of straight away – in other words, there’s no need for you to pay anything at any point unless you wanted to involve your own solicitor. If you do, your insurers will need to approve them first and only pay you back when presented with settled invoices.

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How has insurance for self employed hairdressers helped in the past?

Hairdressers meet all kinds of people in their work, and while this is usually a perk of the job, there’s always going to be people out there with less-than-honest intentions.

Just ask the north London salon who found themselves accused of burning a bald patch onto a client’s scalp back in 2017. The woman had damaged her own scalp while dying her hair at home but tried to sue the salon for £30,000 over her self-inflicted bald spot.

If the salon’s owner was protected by professional indemnity insurance, their legal fees would have been completely covered, with the rogue accusation not causing a single penny to leave the company account. Without professional indemnity insurance, a false accusation against your business could result in legal fees eating into your hard earned profits.

Business legal protect
Included with your insurance

When you decide to protect your business with Suited we want you to get more than just insurance. That's why with every policy subscription we include Business Legal Protect. From the moment you sign up you gain access to extra support services which are all part of our price.

£100k of legal cover
  • IR35 & HMRC investigations
  • Legal matters concerning your business
  • Negative PR (£25,000 cover)
  • Criminal prosecution
  • Compliance & regulation issues
  • Unpaid invoices (over £200)
Telephone helplines
  • Free tax advice
  • Free commercial legal advice
  • Counselling for you and your staff
  • Access to a legal template library
  • Identity theft assistance

How much does self employed hairdresser insurance cost?

Price depends on many factors including business activity, the cover you choose and the level of protection (also known as the limit). With Suited you can mix and match covers and limits. Below are some cover examples, but you will be able to build your own.


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Hairdresser, Hair and beauty consultancy, Barber


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Professional indemnity

Our core cover, to protect you and your business if you make a mistake in the course of your work, say something wrong about a client, or are accused of being negligent and your client says it has cost them money.


Business Legal Protect

A commercial legal expenses insurance there to protect you and your business from commercial disputes, legal claims, IR35 investigations, HMRC enquiries, criminal prosecutions, negative PR and identity theft. It also offers free and confidential tax, legal and counselling assistance whenever you need it.

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Public liability

Defends your business against legal threats from third parties claiming you’ve caused them injury or property damage. Suited PL cover also pays compensation if due.

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Common questions

Do self employed hairdressers need insurance?

Hairdressers by nature of their profession work very closely with their clients and as such should consider business liability insurance to protect their reputation and bank balance.

What insurance does a self-employed hairdresser need?

If you are self-employed, it is a good idea to have professional indemnity insurance to protect you from accusations of professional errors or misconduct and public liability insurance to shield from claims of injury or property damage.

What qualifications do you need to be a self employed hairdresser?

In order to obtain insurance with Suited you need to have demonstrable experience or qualifications.

What does it mean if a hairdresser is mobile?

As opposed to clients coming to your premises for a haircut, you come to them. That may reduce your risk of being sued for an accidental slip or fall but there is a small risk of you causing property damage at your client’s home.

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No problem, with Suited you can flex your insurance as your business evolves.

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