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You’ve seen the look on people’s faces when they see a haircut they love. It can be a transformative experience to get a hairstyle you’ve always wanted and see it look beautiful on you. So it’s no wonder that more and more people want to open their own salons and give people the joy of stunning hair.

This article is a step-by-step guide to opening your own hair salon so that you can get a head start on your dream.

Business Fundamentals

You need to begin with a concept to start your salon business. This concept will affect your design, price range, and the type of customers you receive. For example, a high-end salon will have a larger array of services, a higher price range, and a sleeker design, while a local salon will have a homey and more welcoming feel and a price range for that demographic.

In addition, you need to come up with a concrete business plan before registering your business with the IRS. This plan will lay out a company description, a marketing, management, and financial plan, what services you will provide, and an analysis of your targeted market. This may seem overwhelming, but most of it comes from the creative process and research.

Once you have a concrete plan, you can move on to registering your business with the IRS and receiving your Employer Identification Number, which you will need to legalize your business and file taxes.

Starting Up

Location will be a significant determining factor for your business’s demographic. For example, visibility includes how well someone can see your hair salon and how many people pass it by daily. This may seem insignificant in the current digital age, but don’t entirely rely on social media to get people to see your business.

You will also want to come up with an interior mock-up so that when you look at locations, you can analyze the size and shape of the building to determine whether it matches your needs. Remember that the size and shape of your interior will affect how many customers and staff you can have inside the building and how easy it is to move around, as fire marshals will need to inspect the safety and capacity of your hair salon.

After you choose a location, and before inspection, you’ll need to fully set up and design the interior of your hair salon, which means setting up your salon equipment and deciding where it will go. This may change a few times, but make sure your interior is solid before bringing in inspectors.

Getting Customers

While hiring staff with knowledge and experience is important, you also want to make sure that they’re friendly and love what they do just as much as you do. Your staff is the lynchpin in getting your customers to return.

In addition, developing a marketing plan with your outline of offerings and services is critical. While social media shouldn’t be your only marketing strategy, it’s undoubtedly important. This is where most of your advertisements go, aside from inside your salon. You can also invest in email marketing and paid advertisements. Be unique, and don’t be afraid to be bold when advertising.

Hopefully, this step-by-step guide to opening your own hair salon shows that no dream has to stay a dream. So you can begin brainstorming and start on the path of your ultimate career change.

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