It is almost every hairdressers goal to own their own salon one day rather than spending their time lining somebody else’s pockets. It is a big step though and owning a salon comes with many business responsibilities, as well as the task of running a hectic salon day to day. If you are thinking of pursuing your dream and starting your own hairdressing business, we have put together a few tips for you;
- Putting in a bit of extra money yourself for complimentary extras for customers, such as a good selection of drinks and biscuits (or even a beer!) up to date magazines and small testers of treatment will make customers feel like they are receiving a luxurious service and it will have them coming back time and time again.
- Stand out. There are so many salons opening and closing on the high street, and the ones that really stand the test of time are the ones that stand out. You don’t have to own a huge salon, but decorating it without ‘run of the mill’ salon theme with the bare minimum effort put in, can really pay off. Customers are paying for a treat, and it is great to get your hair done in great surroundings!
- Consider your costs. You need to put together a business plan, and work out your salons outgoings such as rent, products, staff wages and equipment and compare this to what you are hoping to earn. If it’s possible, try and move into a space that has been a hair salon previously, it may already come with the fittings you require. There has also been a recent law come into place that all business owners have to put certain staff into auto enrolment pensions. As a business owner, it is essential to familiarise yourself with policies such as these.
Cover yourself. If you are going to be offering colouring treatments, your salon must adhere to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations. You must also ensure that allergy tests are carried out on clients before going ahead with a colour treatment.