Open a Hair Salon: The Ultimate Guide

ultimate guide to opening a hair salon It's time to have the hair salon of your dreams!
  • DEFINE YOUR BUSINESS

  • Select a hair salon business model

  • Employee-based

  • Booth/station rental

  • Identify what makes your salon unique

  • Identify your key target market(s)

  • Define the salon’s culture

  • Select salon business name

  • Decide on your salon service offerings

  • PLAN YOUR BUSINESS

  • Organize finances

  • Create salon goals

  • Set a budget

  • Elevate financing needs/options

  • Finalize service pricing

  • Identify start-up costs

  • Operational costs

  • Booking and CMS software - http://heymt.com/salonopen

  • Accounting software

  • Website (design, development, domain & hosting)

  • Workstation furniture

  • Waiting area furniture

  • Hair stylist equipment and tools

  • Salon lighting

  • Towels and smocks

  • Sink basins

  • Laundering solution

  • Plumbers, electricians & handymen costs

  • Salon decor

  • Consumer product inventory

  • Purchase backbar order

  • Identify ongoing costs

  • Lease or mortgage payment

  • Labor costs (i.e. wages, payroll taxes)

  • Utility bills (power, security, water, waste, etc.)

  • Internet/phone bill

  • General maintenance & repairs

  • Booking and CMS software

  • Accounting software

  • Credit card processing fees

  • POS/Terminal

  • Website maintenance - http://heymt.com/salonopenmarketing

  • Marketing costs - http://heymt.com/salonopenmarketing

  • CHOOSE BUSINESS LOCATION

  • Dedicate substantial time for location search

  • Submit LOI (letter of intent) and application

  • SETUP YOUR BUSINESS (Paperwork)

  • Get salon\'s Employer Identification Number (EIN)

  • Register for state and federal taxes

  • Open business bank account and credit card

  • Setup a business accounting process

  • Obtain permits and licenses

  • Cosmetologist license

  • State & local business license

  • Get certificate of occupancy

  • Get resale certificate

  • Get business insurance

  • Join trade organization

  • SETUP YOUR BUSINESS (Physical Location)

  • Contact utility providers (power, security, water, waste, etc.)

  • Hire any required contractors/sub-contractors

  • Order salon equipment and supplies

  • Purchase salon outdoor/indoor signage

  • HIRE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

  • Identify best hiring channels

  • Create a list of all needed positions

  • Create stylist training plan

  • Post jobs listings for team members

  • Interview & hire team members

  • Schedule & train staff on salon processes

  • PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS

  • Develop & launch website - http://heymt.com/salonopenmarketing

  • Develop a marketing strategy

  • Create social media account(s)

  • Finalize branding

  • Print business cards & other collateral

  • Setup search engine info

  • Connect website to online booking software

  • Grand opening marketing strategy - http://heymt.com/salonopenmarketing

  • Post flyers in local businesses

  • Reach out to local publications

  • OPEN YOUR BUSINESS!!!!

  • Crush it!

This checklist was created by mangomint

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