If you have a passion for cutting hair and want to start your own business you may be thinking about opening your own barber shop. Even if you have the talent for cutting hair opening up your own shop takes more thought and planning than you may think. These are some tips on how to open a barber shop and make your business successful.
Considerations before opening
Before opening a barber shop you are going to need to take classes and get your barber license. These classes can be taken in beauty schools and in some cases technical schools may offer training as well. Many states will require you to pass a test before receiving this license. Specific qualification for the state you live in can be found contacting the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences. States will also require a specific amount of training hours that need to be completed before testing.
Before opening the shop be sure to check out the website of the local government to find out the insurance that will be required, the size of the shop, the standards for electric and plumbing, health and safety standards and everything else that will need to be taken care of to open a barber shop. These regulations may vary based area. While online also apply for a business license. This may cost some money. While getting the business license be sure to get a tax id number to pay all taxes.
When starting a barber shop it is important to develop a budget. You are going to need to rent a store, purchase supplies, purchase chairs for guests to sit in, and other items. You are also going to need to pay other employees. You also need to figure out how you are going to pay for all of these expenses. You may want to fill out applications in order to get a business loan. These loans usually have lower interest rates but they may be harder to get. It is important to have a solid business plan.
The Location is Important
Location is very important when opening a barber shop. The location should in a place where there is a lot of foot traffic. This way customers can walk in and get their hair cut. Parking is something that needs to be taken into consideration as well. If the customers are not able to park they may move onto another location.
Once the location is planned it is time to get the equipment. There are some things that the barber shop is going to need. Each barber should have their own work station with styling chairs included. You also need to be able to have floor mats, cleaning products, combs, and similar supplies. Be sure to keep money in the budget for a phone system, point of sale register, and even the internet.
Market your new shop
When opening a barber shop marketing is important. You are going to need to make business cards and advertise for the grand opening. You can also market your business on social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are very popular for marking a business. Be sure that your page looks great and you update it often. This will help local customers know that you are open and ready for them. You can also post the hair cuts that you have done and the different styles that are popular that you are able to do for your clients. You can also advertise the services that you offer and any promotions.
You may love to cut hair but you are opening this business to make money. Research the prices of other barbers in the area. This way you can get an idea of how much money you can charge. You will be able to make money while being competitive with the competition. You can even open special promotions to attract clients to your business.
These are just some things you need to do in order to successful operate a barber shop. You can have all the talent cutting men’s hair but if you are not able to make a profit then that does not matter. If you have a solid business plan in addition to the skills your business should thrive and customers should keep on coming back.