10 essential steps to open your hair salon

What are the important steps to take before opening a hair salon?

Many dream of opening their own beauty salon or hairdressing salon, but the road is long and tedious. To help you see more clearly, we have listed 10 essential points to respect.  

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1. Get a diploma to open her hair salon

In order to open a hairdressing salon or beauty institute, it is absolutely necessary that one of the founders is a graduate. Indeed, the State wants to ensure that at least one person can control the services provided.

For a hair salon, the BP is required. For beauty salons, the CAP is also accepted.

2. Surround yourself with people who have a diploma to open your hair salon

If you don't have a degree, perfectly legal situations exist. Indeed, it is possible to open a hairdresser's salon provided you have 3 years of experience as: manager of a hairdresser's salon, self-employed or employee of a hairdresser's salon.

You can also, as soon as the show opens, hire a graduate employee on a permanent full-time basis.

3. Do a market survey before opening your hair salon

Once you are legally able to open a hair salon, the first thing to do is market research. To know if your business will be profitable, you must first of all be able to answer these 5 questions:

  • Who are my clients?
  • What are they looking for?
  • Who are the competitors?
  • What are the rates? -
  • What else does my establishment have?

4. Train yourself in entrepreneurship to open your own hair salon.

Unfortunately, diplomas do not, or not sufficiently, train for entrepreneurship. In order not to throw yourself into the unknown, we strongly advise you to train yourself in business creation. Online training courses exist that will teach you how to start a business. Drafting the articles of association, appointing the manager, depositing funds or even legal announcements... You need to know these terms to open your salon.

5. Train yourself in management before you open your salon

Then, before you open your hair salon, you must absolutely train yourself in management techniques. There are two points:

  • Administrative management: what are your obligations to your employees?
  • Emotional management: how to manage a team?

Different options are available to you depending on your experience. You can simply read articles on the subject, but we advise you to follow a real training, especially for the legal side.

6. Make a business plan of your hairdressing salon

The business plan is essential, it is the document that will allow you to justify all your expenses. When you apply for a loan from the bank, it will require a solid business plan. It must convince, with supporting evidence, that your hair salon will be profitable, that is to say that it will make profits that will allow your financiers to "regain" their money.

If you have personal financing, the business plan allows you to anticipate expenses so that you are not surprised at the end of the first year of the financial year.

7. Choose the right legal status for your hair salon

This is one of the essential steps, and it will seem much simpler once you are trained in entrepreneurship. To popularize the thing, there are several legal statuses: SARL, EURL, SNC, etc. To know which one to choose, you will have to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I want to partner or work alone?
  • What kind of input?
  • Do I want to combine or separate my assets from the company's assets?
  • What social regime would I want to be affiliated to?

8. Raising the necessary funds to be able to open a hairdressing salon

Opening a business requires funds. To do so, several options are available to you, either personal funds or external contributions (equity financing, donations, credit, etc.). To estimate the funds needed to launch your business, you must :

  • Calculate how much money you need each month to live.
  • Calculate how much money you will need each month to run your hair salon or beauty salon.
  • Estimate the amount of taxes you will have to pay.

It is by asking yourself these questions that you will be able to set a rate and avoid being in deficit at the end of the year.

9. Choosing the right location for your salon

Before you do anything else, you need to determine the location of your facility. You must leave nothing to chance:

  • How are the customers going to park?
  • Is this a busy street?
  • Where's the competition?
  • Etc.

Then you have to ask yourself some practical questions:

  • How do I configure the room?
  • Where to store the material?
  • What is the exploitable surface?

Nothing should be left to chance, before buying or renting you should also estimate the amount of work, if any, and integrate it into your business plan.

10. Putting in place a communication strategy

Once your hair salon exists, you're going to have to make it known. This is the most important step to hope to have a profitable business. In order to put all the chances on your side, don't hesitate to call on the Wavy team! With Wavy, you can benefit from:

  • The creation of a website
  • Animation of your Facebook page
  • Customer dunning
  • The implementation of marketing operations

If you would like to know a little more, we advise you to read the article 'How to choose the cash register software for your hair salon'.

Ecrit par
Aurélie Pauker
Toujours attirée par le monde de la coiffure et de la beauté, je réponds aujourd'hui aux problématiques que vous pouvez avoir.‍

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