ENTREPRENEURSHIP / SEP. 13, 2014
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How To Set Up Your Own Nail And Beauty Salon

Setting up your own nail and beauty salon can be an exciting time, but it does require a fair amount of planning and organisation. Unfortunately, many start-up businesses struggle within the first few years and fail to turn a profit. If you’ve always dreamed of becoming the owner of your own beauty salon, companies such as NSI Nails provide an extensive array of professional nail and beauty supplies and accredited training courses that can help you develop your career in the industry.

To ensure enduring success, it’s important to carry out some in-depth research on how to set up your own business before you start and to maintain a strong business outlook.

Meanwhile, to help make the process seem a little less daunting, here are some of the key factors to achieving access.

Set a Budget

Before you start, it’s important that you set out a realistic budget. Even if you have a certain amount of leverage with your funds, being cost-effective from the outset will help you save money in the long run. Start-up firms involve a lot of trial and error, so it’s important to have enough leeway in your budget to accommodate for unexpected occurrences, as well as factoring in any future updates and recurring purchases. At the same time, you want to project an image of success and deliver a high quality service to your customers, so it’s vital not to scrimp on the detail.

Generally speaking, important operating expenditures will include rent, utility bills, licensing, equipment and products, staff and training. To remain within your established budget, try to figure out the minimum amount money you will need to make each month to keep your business running.

Choose the Right Location

Location can be a crucial contributor to the success of your business. If you want to increase your chances of drawing in potential customers, you should aim for a property that will have a lot of passing traffic. Sites on busy streets and in shopping centres, or at locations next to frequently visited places like supermarkets, are ideal. You may also want to think about parking facilities and ease of access, and avoid areas that have near-by competitors.

Of course, your chosen location will need to be within your budget, and a property with greater visibility will likely have a higher rental cost, but may gain you more customer sales in the long term. You will also need to think about the interior and make sure that the space is big enough in size to accommodate the procedures you want to carry out.

Decide on your Services

You will also need to think about what services you want to provide, and how much each procedure will cost. While you may want to specialise in one area, offering a range of services, including hair, makeup and nails, will give you an advantage over competitors who may only offer one of these services. Remember that ultimately you’re setting up a commercial business, so it’s important to be as sales savvy as possible, to give your customers a unique experience that will set you apart from other salons.

Kit out your Shop

To ensure a prompt and efficient service for your customers, you will also need to think about kitting out your salon with the required equipment. As well as the necessary tools and products, you will want to think about furniture and workstations, as well as additional accessories. Your provisions should be high quality and up-to-date with the latest industry innovations to ensure that you are giving your customers the very best service.

Visual presentation is crucial when drawing in new clients and encouraging customer loyalty, and you should try to avoid clutter and opt for a sleek and sophisticated interior that is both safe and relaxing. You may also want to put some items on display for sale to encourage customers to buy your products.

Hire Qualified Staff

If you’re just starting out in the industry, you will need to do plenty of research on how to get the skills and qualifications to become a nails or beauty expert. To ensure your customers leave your salon satisfied, it’s also important that you invest in a team of skilled beauticians. As the salon owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your employees are properly trained in each procedure that you offer and can provide customers with professional advice when required.

Interpersonal skills are also highly useful in the beauty industry, and good customer service can help with the growth of your business. Remember that the best way to promote your business is often through word-of-mouth, and ensuring that your customers always receive an exceptional service will mean that they return again and again.

 

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