Business insurance for Barbers

Working as a barber is your passion, but things aren’t always clear-cut – so it might be smart to protect your business with insurance.

A mobile or freelance barber might experience a close shave by snicking a client’s ear, or clippers could stop working during an appointment, preventing a full service.

A tailored barber insurance policy with Hiscox can help to help cover costs and keep your focus on sharpening up appearances.

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Why choose Hiscox for your barbers' insurance?


Saving time and money

Our new professional, treatment and public liability policy combines multiple coverages, so could save a barber time and money


Specialists that understand you

Access to a claims team who understand what it means to work as a freelance or mobile barber can help to fix issues


Support that goes above and beyond

We make it easy to update your policy, supporting you as your business grows. We also offer help through the Business Support Hub

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Why do barbers need insurance?

An honest accident

Your apprentice barber attempts a hot towel and shave for the first time. All is going well until your client has a reaction to the beard oil. Unfortunately, the consultation process wasn’t carried out to your usual high standards, meaning an allergy was overlooked. You might even visit a client at their home and knock over an expensive vase in the process of plugging clippers in. Customers could decide to claim in both instances – so barber insurance including a professional, treatment and public liability might help.

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As the owner of your own mobile barber service, you rely on your hands to create the look your client asks for. Whether there’s an incident at work and you slip on some spilt product, or you’re in a minor car accident and sprain your wrist, adding personal accident insurance to your policy provides a level of reassurance. Personal accident cover can support you with weekly payments while you can’t work, medical expenses and even retraining if your injury is permanent.

Equipment breakdown

While visiting a regular client, you notice that your usually trusty clippers begin to stutter and malfunction. You make it to the end of the appointment, but when you reach your next booking, they stop working completely. Without the full use of your essential kit such as clippers, scissors or your straight razor, it’s impossible to offer a complete service to your clients. Adding portable equipment insurance helps with repair or replacement for the tools of your trade if they’re damaged, lost or stolen.

What insurance is available for a barber?

Professional treatment liability insurance and public liability insurance can be helpful for a mobile or freelance barber. So, we have combined them into one product – professional, treatment and public liability insurance. Though we talk about them separately below, professional, treatment and public liability insurance is a combined cover with one combined limit. You can get public liability cover as a barber by purchasing this combined cover. Contact us for further details.

Tailored barber cover could protect your venture – you might benefit from products such as personal accident, employers’ liability and cyber and data insurance.

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These are just some of the types of business insurance we can offer for barbers. We can provide other cover types and build them into a policy that’s tailored to the requirements of your business.

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Insurance for barbers: FAQs

Do mobile barbers need insurance?

When you travel from client to client as a mobile barber, you expose yourself to certain risks, so insurance may be an important consideration.

As a self-employed barber, the buck stops with you if something goes wrong – whether that’s an accident involving a client or broken equipment. The financial impact for you without the protection of business insurance could be damaging.

Both professional, treatment and public liability insurance and portable equipment cover could be especially helpful for a mobile barber, protecting against potential accidents and unwanted downtime due to lost or damaged equipment.

What insurance do I need as a freelance barber?

A freelance barber could find a comprehensive combination of insurance to be beneficial due to the nature of the working environment. 

Working in close contact with people comes with a variety of risks, including exposure to possible accidents, plus damage to property and injuries. That’s why a professional, treatment and public liability policy might be especially helpful.

Additionally, obtaining cover for your equipment and a personal accident policy may help a freelance barber operate with reassurance.

What cover is included in barber’s insurance?

With the help of Hiscox, you can tailor a barber insurance policy based on your specific requirements. Nobody understands your business better than you, so we can work with you to create a policy relevant to your mobile or freelance barbering business.

For instance, if you hire employees – whether they’re fellow barbers, apprentices or even someone who helps with accounting – you may be required by law (external link) to have an employers’ liability policy. Those with valuable equipment may also need cover for portable property.

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