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Have you always dreamed of succeeding in the beauty business?

Calculate the funds you will need. Starting a business can cost a lot of money and most entrepreneurs don’t make a profit in the first year or two. Here’s what you need to think about.Will you be able to afford to live while you start your business? Calculate how much money you need each month, how much you’ll save, and how much you absolutely must earn each month to stay afloat.Draw up an operating budget. Calculate how much money you will need each month to run your business. Include rent, taxes, training, salaries, products and emergency fund.Set your rates. Once you have an operating budget, you’ll know how much money you’ll need each month. To make a profit, however, you will need to go beyond these needs. Estimate how many services (haircuts, colours, manicures, etc.) you will be able to sell each week and how much these services will have to cost to make money.Keep in mind that you will have to set prices high enough to be profitable, but that setting prices too high will drive customers away. Try to set a price that is fair to both you and the customer.Have an idea of what beauty salons charge. Review similar salons in your area and take note of their prices. Your prices should be in the same range.Deal with the different permits. Unfortunately, running a business means you have to manage the administrative side as well. Here’s what you’ll need to take care of.Get a business licence. All businesses must get a licence to operate.In some countries, all beauty workers must be licensed, whether it’s to dye or cut hair, paint nails or apply makeup. Laws differ from country to country, so find out what the laws are in your country.Make sure your salon can pass a health inspection. To avoid fines or worse, having your salon closed by the health authorities, make sure you maintain good hygiene conditions and follow the regulations in force in your country.The choice of real estate and location. The location is crucial to the success of your business. Take these factors into account.Locate in a high-traffic area. High-traffic streets, shopping malls, or places close to high-traffic areas (such as supermarkets) are ideal.Try to be easily accessible. If parking near your living room is complicated or the traffic to get there is too heavy, people may not consider it worth the trip.Get away from your competitors. Don’t park directly next to another salon, you’ll hurt each other. Instead, try to find a place where you will be the only salon in a large part of the neighbourhood.Hire qualified and competent staff. Cosmetic procedures performed by incompetent staff can cause health problems for your clients. It is important to hire only qualified and well-trained beauticians, stylists and other staff.Remember that as the boss, you will be responsible for ensuring that your staff is competent and understands each and every service offered.Experience may allow an aesthetician to master a treatment, but without the proper training, she would not be aware of the pros and cons of the procedure.Establish a clear and short code of conduct as soon as possible and have your employees sign a contract as soon as they start work. These documents are easy to find on the Internet and you can then adapt them for your salon. You’ll save a lot of energy over time if you’re well prepared from the start.

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