So you want to own a beauty salon and are wondering what it takes in order to kick start your life? A career in the ever-changing and always paying cosmetology and beauty industry is a dream. However, there are a lot of things to consider when deciding to open a beauty salon after you graduate from cosmetology school.
Here are a few tips on what it would take to own your own beauty salon:
As a beauty salon owner, this is a big one, you should have prior work experience in the field you’re working – Cosmetology! True cosmetology experience includes work as a beautician, cosmetologist in the field or in a salon, or working as an assistant salon manager. If you have no prior experience, spend time with an experienced beauty salon owner.
Get your finances in order:
This is self-explanatory, but it’s a big part of owning your own salon and being a successful business owner. Right now would be an excellent time to start looking for financing options and also begin brainstorming for salon locations. Make sure that you’ve got your financing or at least a pre-approval before you look for a property.
Location Location Location:
Location is vital when starting your own salon. So research and take note of different choices for your business location. Try to start your salon where there’s a lot of foot falls. Most of beauty & cosmetology clients will come from word-of-mouth and prior satisfied customers.
Equipments & Supplies:
Try and develop a checklist of things you’ll need including shampoo bowls, scissors, combs and quality salon chairs. Try to link up with reputable salon suppliers and for sake of sanitary reasons always avoid purchasing unknown equipment and supplies.
Hire the right people:
You’re going to need the right staff of beauty experts and cosmetologists for your beauty salon. As a salon owner, begin with hiring a qualified salon manager and try to design the job description for your salon manager. Use this position as the turnkey umbrella that will run all other positions within the salon, and interview a lot before making any final decisions.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help & advice from people who have already done it!