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Tips for creating a home hair salon

Updated on May 4, 2015

Is your dream to have a Home Salon?

Are you tired of the daily grind? Are you an experienced hair stylist that would like to live 'the dream'? Well it's possible... and it's YOU that can make it happen.

I'm a working from home Mom living my dream and I know it can be done! All you have to do is set your mind on the task and work towards it with drive and passion. I promise you... it can be done... if you're willing!

With a bit of pre-planning and research you'll be on your way in no time... to a job where you get to set the hours... you can be there when your kids get home, you can choose when you work, you don't have to worry about when you can set your dentist appointments, and you can work in the most relaxed environment you know.... your home!!

Setting Up a Home Salon

Best place to start is by writing your goals and a business plan.

And here's some ideas of the kinds of questions you'll need to ask yourself (for which the same applies to most businesses):

Most importantly, what's your budget. If you need finance you need to look into applying for credit through banks etc. Once you know your budget you can do a more extensive & detailed plan.

Look into whether you require a license.

And find out if you require insurance, if so what kind and what's the cost.

What is your ideal salon, what equipment will you need, will trade work be needed for plumbing etc (if so, look into quotes).

Will there be access to a rest room for your customers? (I believe in most parts it's a requirement)

What entrance will customers use. Do you want it separate from your home or a part of it.

What atmosphere are you going for. What look do you want (that's the fun part... look through magazines and the internet and make style boards of all your ideas and loves). Do you want professional chairs, professional sink etc. or can you adapt your home set up to suit.

What equipment do you need. See if you can find cheaper wholesalers if you buy in bulk. Buy Quality so as to make sure it lasts and withstands the heavy use.

Do you wish to sell hair care products from your home salon for extra revenue. If so, contact your preferred supplier and request prices and ask the requirements for getting an account with them.

You can be as simple or as detailed as you like. Depends to what level you're wishing to take the business. If it's just for some extra pocket money then perhaps keep it as simple and affordable as possible. But if it's your plan to make this your income then how big do you want to go?

Check out what your local council requirements are. Do you need an ABN. Speak to a tax accountant (or do extensive research yourself) for advice on setting up your books and requirements for your business.

Check out your competition in the local area. Find out their prices and decide whether you're going to beat it or whether you're going to focus on quality and amazing service in stead.

Set up your appointment book... will it be hard copy or online? Will you create your own business phone/internet line or use your home number. Perhaps invest in an answering service for times you're not home.

What promotion can you do through social media and the internet (A Facebook page would be a must!) What other free social networks could you use to get word out. Where can you advertise locally and what are the costs.

Get your business stationery prepared. Business/Appointment Cards being your essential must have item! Do you want to go as far as create your own logo or just find an online template (like those below). Budget for many hundreds (at least) to hand out and leave in local shopping centres/community centres etc. and to hand out whenever you're out and about.

Be sure to get friends and family in for a 'freebie' (just 1 though cause otherwise you'll lose money... make sure to always cover your costs at least!) or discounted appointments to help get the word out and to let them know that you need them to spread the word. Give them plenty of business cards and ask them to put them everywhere! Perhaps ask them if they be willing to do some mail drops in the local area (you could offer some pocket money to younger relatives).

Think about possible promotions to get more interest or more importantly to get 'regulars'. Perhaps you could create loyalty cards or offer discount after a certain amount of appointments.

Do you want to go into partnership... perhaps have another stylist on board or hire a beautician to compliment your styling. (another Mom would be perfect).

Find other ladies that have already set up a home salon and don't be afraid to ask them questions! (or even find them online) Ask them what were their biggest lessons learned or mistakes at the start. You'll find most the time people love to share and have no problem helping if you ask.

Decide whether you'd like to have a Grand Opening to get the ball rolling and get the word out. This can be as big or as casual as you like. Great start though to get people to see your set up and to hear about your services and see your 'quality' first hand.

ADDED NOTE FROM VISITOR TO THIS PAGE - You must have a Cosmetology business license in your home salon along with approval from your city (varies state by state). You cannot have employees. If ran as a family business you may have them work for you only if they live with you.

You'll Need Business Cards to Promote Yourself

Here's some designer templates {ready made} to choose from.

I cannot stress how important business cards are! I once got word of mouth to over 20 people and repeat business from just one business card! And the wonderful thing about Hair Salon business cards... they can double as your client appointment cards too.

Click on the link below the business card image directly below this text and then make a selection from hundreds of my own designs via zazzle. All double sided... full color, gorgeous quality! You can easily and quickly make your own custom cards online for free! Just click on the design you like in my shop and then fill in the text fields under the 'Personalize It' heading to see the changes to the business card happen live on screen there and then! Couldn't be easier! And I promise they're one of a kind designs...exclusive to zazzle so you know there won't be anyone in your area with the same cards!!

Click here to view all the hair salon business card templates available in my store....
Click here to view all the hair salon business card templates available in my store.... | Source

How Fabulous is this storage idea! - Keeps the items hidden away but easily accessible at all times! GREAT idea for a home salon (or any ladies home for that ma

Fun Designer Patterns (Zebra, Leopard Prints) Hair Salon Capes

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      Anonymous 18 months ago

      Do you have any info on Mobile Salons

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      Shirley 2 years ago

      "You cannot have employees" here in Texas you can rent out a booth and they only need there Cosmo license just like working in a shop. You only supply chair, dryer, shampoo bowl. They are not considered employees.

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      @hairlover_josie 2 years ago

      I'm a stylist working part time because I'm also a mom. But I have a spare room and 3 days off. IV been thinking about using that room and this is exactly what I needed for that little push. Thanks so much for this article! Blessings to you! ♡

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      ehomedesignidea1 3 years ago

      I love the business card designs. So chic! :)

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      BlowDryBar 4 years ago

      The drawer above with the blow dryer and curling iron is awesome! I'd love to incorporate something like this into my new blow dry bar!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      In the state of Michigan, You must have a Cosmetology business license in your home salon along with approval from your city. You cannot have employees. If ran as a family business you may have them work for you only if they live with you. Just a few things I did not see on your blog.

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      davidsmith4 4 years ago

      Great checklist of things to do.

      Thanks for the tips!

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      Danielle 5 years ago from Australia

      My friend has always wanted to do this. I might show her your lens. Thanks! :)

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      ElinorArnason 5 years ago

      Having good salon software is a must as well. http://www.slideshare.net/angiebrockett55/keeping-...

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      sihemkhalil 5 years ago

      money making machine that's exactly what I need!!!

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      @anonymous: thank you... always means so much to have your support. x

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens Pip! You have some great advice about opening up a home hair salon!