You’ve graduated from beauty school, and are now a licensed beautician. What is your career move now? Many who attend trade schools have the idea to one day own their own business, and you may be one of those people. That’s awesome! Owning a business can be rewarding, but do you know where to begin?

First and foremost, you’ll want to work as a licensed beautician, or partner up with someone who has owned a beauty salon to learn the inside and out of running a salon.  You can also check out small business workshops, or beauty salon workshops. There are plenty of ways to get the knowledge you need to begin the process of becoming a business owner.

Next, you’ll want to check out financing for your salon. This step is crucial, and you’ll want to look in to this before finding a location for your salon. Make sure to look in to your state requirements for financing, and with the regulations the banks have for loans as well. The banks will want to possibly look at previous tax forms and what kind of assets you have.

Approved for financing? Great! Now you’ve got to find a spot to fit that salon in to. Analyze and research this location, find out if this spot can get you the kind of business you want. Luckily, you can gain clients from previous customers you assisted and word-of-mouth. You can also get new clients from walk-ins just from the location itself. Now, if you are looking at a salon downtown, prepare to pay a premium.

Now that you’ve found a place, let’s talk about the innards of the salon. That’s right, the equipment and supplies! You’re going to need items for your stylists and clients. Creating a list that includes the basic supplies and equipment like shampoo bowls, scissors, chairs, etc., is going to be your first thought. Maybe you’ll want to partner up with some salon suppliers? Just definitely get what you need so that your salon is ready for beauticians to come in and work their magic. Also, make sure to avoid purchasing unknown equipment and supplies, that way it isn’t unsanitary and potential health issue for not only your clients, but employees, too.

Speaking of employees, you’ll need to staff your salon. Since you are the owner, look for an experienced manager. Create a job description, and post it on different job sites. Salon managers need to know the ins-and-outs of different procedures in the salon. Make sure to spend a good bit of time with each person you interview, and find your best candidate. Afterwards, the search for hair stylists, nail technicians, and a receptionist begins.

The final step is upon you, and the time to open you salon is here. Make sure to have everything ready for the big opening day. Ensure your salon has been inspected and meets the standards of regulators, and put out a press release in the local paper to show you are now open. Get yourself a website created by yourself or a expert website designer, and get your social media presence up and running. You are now an owner of a salon!

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