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How to Start Your Own Hair Salon
Starting your own business can entail a great deal of planning, time, effort and financial capital. However, being your own boss is a wonderful and rewarding way to earn a living. The most important thing to consider when doing this is to plan thoroughly and be prepared to put in a great deal of time and take some losses financially as the business grows. This is true for any business and is also applicable when starting your own hair salon.
The first step for people to consider when starting their own hair salon is to plan a budget for the business. This should include calculating start up costs. This would be for the basics including: inventory, rent for six months, security deposit, salon chairs and other furniture, hair care supplies, costs for renovations at a location, costs for permits for renovations to space, and advertising. The final figure should also include 6 months operating expenses.
Once all of this is done and the funds have been allocated, the next step is to begin the search for space to open a business in. There are a few areas of concern when looking for space that should be noted. First, before getting interested in a space, hair salon owners should verify that the location is zoned properly within the town for this type of use and is a good location. If it is not properly zoned for this type of use, then it should not be considered a viable option.
Additionally, once a rental space is potentially found, it should be verified that the space can be brought up to code for operating a salon. Since a hair salon is open to the public, there are often special requirements to accommodate for this through the state and local health departments that must be met. There are also plumbing requirements that usually need to follow state and local guidelines as well.
The next step after a space has been located that meets the zoning requirements and can accommodate upgrades for all plumbing and health codes, then a lease should be negotiated with the landlord. From there, once occupancy dates are determined, permits should be taken out for any and all work to be completed.
The next step is researching the local media outlets for advertising, and making signage, the signage should include short term grand opening date and information and signange for longer term on the building where the salon is located. Once everything is complete, and the business is up and running, the beginning stages of running the salon and making it successful become the main issue. The continued success of any salon is a recipe that usually consists of part advertising, part signage, and a great deal of word of mouth customer referrals.
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