Hair salon business is among the Top Lucrative Businesses anyone can do in Nigeria as long as EntMirror is concerned. Just take a look around you, there are lots of girls, ladies or women with hairs who can’t stay a month without a hair makeover, something that makes them look more beautiful and comfortable. Remember, beauty rules the world. Years ago, this business was seen as a business for the ladies. But I’m seeing the male folks delving into this business and doing way better.
Starting a hair salon business isn’t capital-intensive, nor is the processes involved cumbersome. Once you’ve got the skills, then building an empire becomes very much possible.
While I was making my research, I came across an interview of a popular hairdresser in Lagos who have made it a fortune in the hairdressing business. She goes by the name Mrs. Franca Agboola and according to her, she now employs graduates as staffs.
So, not going to school doesn’t mean that you can’t make it in life as a business owner. You can be a dropout and at the end of the day, end up employing the so-called university graduates as staffs in your business enterprise. All you need to do is take a step. If you’re a graduate, congratulations. But sometimes, you’ve got to take the bull by the horn and stop waiting for the government. Truth be told, life as an entrepreneur is filled with possibilities and freedom.
In this article, I’m going to guide you on how you can start a hair salon business in few easy steps. Well, the steps might not be easy though, but it can be done if you’re determined to make this work.
HOW TO START A HAIR SALON BUSINESS
This is definitely the first step to take if you want to start a successful hairdressing salon business. I’ve seen some individuals, because they know how to braid hair, delved into the business and at the end of the day, come home crying that some invisible forces are after them.
There are no evil forces or village witches. When you undertake a training in a reputable salon around, you’ll see your skills honed and experiences gained. Working as an apprentice is a sure way to get trained. Not only will you know the nitty-gritty of the business, you know what works and what doesn’t.
So, before you start yours, take some training. It will tremendously help you in the long run.
2. HAIR SALON BUSINESS PLAN
After your training, the next line of action is getting a business plan. From your training and experience, it will be so easy to do. Like I always say, a business plan is a blueprint, it’s a map to success. Through a business plan, you get to know a lot more about the business and the level of competition.
If you discover that you can’t draw a business plan, then hire a business consultant who will. it won’t cost more than N10,000. In fact, you might be able to find a sample business plan on net if you search well, thereby saving expenses.
Nevertheless, the importance of a business plan shouldn’t be underestimated. It’s your road to success.
3. RENT A SPACE
You business location has to be in proximity to your target market. If it’s a place with heavy pedestrian traffic, go ahead. Look around and get a shed for your business. Make sure the location is good before you secure it.
If perhaps your capital isn’t enough for that, start from home. I’ve seen lots of hairdressers today who began from home. All they did was to make a sign post and the rest became history.
I believe in starting small and ending big, starting from home is just a step. Rome wasn’t built-in a day.
4. HAIR SALON EQUIPMENT
Whether you’re operating from a shed or at home, these equipment are needed to start operation. From your training, you’ll be able to know the most important ones to began with, then gradually buy the rest. Hair salon business is lucrative if you have the necessary equipments that will aid for more services. Take a look at some of the equipment below.
- Wash hair basin
- Standing dryer
- Trimming scissors
- Curling iron
- Hair straightener
- Carts and trolleys
- Fan/air conditioner
- Shampoos and conditioners
- Comfortable chairs
- Table with drawers
- Generator etc..
Get those that are more important and start this business. You can’t buy all of them at once. But if you’ve the finance, there’s no harm.
When we talk of a businesses that’s always high in demand, hair salon business is among. Depending on your location, you might not be able to meet up to demand. You’ll need help and that’s why you have to employ more hands. The more the business grows, the more hands that will be employed and the more expansion takes places.
Just like Mrs. Franca Agboola, you become an employer who employs graduates who are well trained and skilled. Although it will not happen overnight, but it will surely happen if you give in your best.
EXTRA SERVICES TO BOOST INCOME
Hairdressing Salon Business becomes a hot cake if you find a way to diversify your income. Despite the fact that your shop is for dressing of hair, you can also introduce more services like;
PEDICURE AND MANICURE:
This is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and toes. Since your hairdressing salon is going to serve mainly, the female gender, then the chances are of them requesting for pedicure and manicure services is very high. It will no doubt bring in extra cash.
Depending on how big your salon is, you might want to sell some ladies wears like bags, dresses, shoes, watches, ear rings, etc. This is also another strategy to boost income in your hair salon business.
SOFT DRINKS/SNACKS :
Some customers will love to take some snacks while doing their hair or waiting for their turn. In that case, you’ll need a refrigerator.
There are so many other stocks you can add up to make extra money like selling of makeup kits, perfumes, creams etc. When you start the business, you’ll understand your customers more and the things they need.
Hair salon business is a goldmine. But the major attribute you need to succeed in patient and a good customer service. With that, the sky will be your starting point.
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