July 23, 2013

How to Open Your Own Salon or Spa (Part 1)

Do you love the thought of being a licensed hair stylist or esthetician, but want to do things your own way? Opening your own salon or spa will give you total independence and the opportunity to make a real mark on the beauty industry!  

If you’re considering going this route with your beauty career, it’s important that you make informed decisions so you’re running a profitable business. The cosmetology and esthetics programs at Salon Success Academy provide students with valuable business and customer service skills, so they’re prepared to open their own business when they graduate.

In this two-part series, we’ll cover everything you need to know in order to open your own salon or spa! In the first blog post, we’ll take you through everything you need to consider as you prepare to open the doors to your new business. In next week’s blog post, we’ll have some additional tips to ensure your salon or spa business continues to thrive!

Here are some tips on how to get started with opening your own salon or spa:

Figure Out Your Finances – Calculate how much money you need for monthly expenses. This should include rent, payroll, products, equipment, licensing, and an emergency fund. Once you your monthly expenses established, you can figure out how much you’ll need to charge for services in order to make a profit. To save yourself time and trouble, seek advice from a reliable accountant who can help you can help you figure out your operating budget and how you’ll pay your taxes.

Choose a Great Location – Choosing a location for your salon or spa is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. You’ll want to choose a location that’s easily accessible by highway, with high traffic, and plenty of parking. Busy streets and shopping plazas are ideal because they can generate a lot of walk-in business.

Take Care of Licensing – You must have certain state licenses to operate a salon or spa. In the state of California, you’ll need to fill out an Establishment Application and pass an inspection by the California Board of Barbering & Cosmetology. You’ll also have to contact your city and county regarding additional permits or licenses. Keep in mind that everyone you hire will also need to have their cosmetology or esthetics license if they’re working with clients.

Focus On the Details – You should make the atmosphere relaxing your salon and spa, so clients are completely at ease while they’re having their services done. Play soft music and use gentle overhead lighting that’s flattering to the complexion and accurately renders color. Make sure your towels, shampoo bowls, and salon stations are all washed and clean. You should also invest in high-quality products and equipment. Your clients deserve and expect it.

Salon Success Academy offers hands-on training in cosmetology, esthetics, and nail technology at its five locations throughout the Inland Empire of California. The school offers flexible class schedules, extensive preparation for the State Board Exam, and Financial Aid to those who qualify. If you would like to learn more about training for a new beauty career with Salon Success Academy, fill out the form or call 877-987-HAIR (4247).

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