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How to Start a Home Salon Business

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How to Start a Home Salon Business

Setting up Your Salon


1. Register your business with your local government.

Choose a catchy name and select your business’s legal structure. Register your business with your state or province, then apply for a federal tax identification number.
  • You could name your salon after yourself, reference your neighborhood in the name, or name it after things you like. For instance, if you love camellias, you could name your salon Camellia Beauty.
  • Keep in mind there are limits on what you can choose for a business name. For instance, a name might not be available or your state might prohibit some words.
  • Consult an attorney or accountant to choose the best legal structure. A limited liability company (LLC) is the best choice for many small business owners, as your assets are protected in the event that your business faces a lawsuit or bankruptcy.

2. Obtain licenses, permits, and insurance required by your city, state, or province.

Your requirements depend on your location, so check your local government website for information about business licenses and insurance. Additionally, you might need a cosmetology license or licenses to perform other services, such as nails or hair removal.
  • It typically takes between 9 and 12 months to complete a cosmetology program. Specialist programs, such as nails, usually take 6 months.
  • Other requirements might include a business owner’s insurance policy (which covers general liability and commercial property), general business license, home occupation permit, sign permit, and health and safety permits.
  • Search online for “cosmetology board” and your state or province. Your local board’s website will provide information about how to legally operate a home salon.

3. Renovate the space to meet local codes, if necessary.

Depending on your home’s existing layout, you might need to make adjustments to meet local codes. Many jurisdictions require a permanent wall between the salon and the part of the house where you live. Additionally, the salon might need a separate entrance and public restroom.
  • You could apply for a business loan from your bank, open a line of credit, or find a silent partner to finance renovations and other opening expenses.
  • If you don’t own your home, you’ll need to get permission to operate a business and make any necessary renovations from your landlord.

4. Set up a wet station.

A wet station is a large ceramic sink for shampooing and conditioning clients’ hair. Some customers expect a wash to be included with a cut, and access to water is essential if you offer additional services, such as coloring.
  • While an ordinary sink or tub might work, you’ll have a better shot at gaining customer loyalty if you have a professional salon sink.

5. Decorate and furnish the space.

Your salon should reflect your tastes and create a soothing, comfortable atmosphere. Light, soft greens and blues are good wall color choices, and plants are great decorative features. Brainstorm potential looks by creating a mood board with colors, images, and design elements that inspire you.
  • Additionally, large mirrors, comfortable chairs or a bench for reception, and shelving for equipment storage and retail display are all must-haves.

6. Purchase a chair, products, cutting and styling supplies, and other equipment.

A salon chair is a basic requirement, and you can find one online or at a beauty supply store for $100 to $300. Purchase scissors and razors, and stock up on shampoo, conditioner, toner, hair spray, hair gel, and hair mousse. Keep in mind you’ll need to replace your product inventory regularly.
  • Look for brand name hair products that your clients will be familiar with and trust. You can buy hair products at a beauty supply store or online.
  • If you’ll offer hair coloring and extensions, you’ll need to stock up on products for these services as well.

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