How to Set up a Home Salon

How to Set up a Home Salon

A career in the hair and beauty industry can be lucrative as well as a flexible career option that allows you to work the hours that you choose. Furthermore, with people needing the pick-me-up provided by pampering sessions more than ever the industry continues to grow and demand for hair and beauty services increases.

However, alongside these increases, the price of salon premises increases too pushing it into the realms of financial impossibility for many, especially those who want a beauty salon on a low-budget. This is why a home salon might just be the perfect idea for many as it is a much more affordable beauty salon option.

If you think that having a small home hair, nail or beauty salon is the best way to allow you to live your dream of being a small salon owner but have no idea where to start then this is the article for you.

Business Planning, Law and Branding

As well as what is often considered to be the more exciting aspects of setting up a home salon business such as decor and other creative home hair salon ideas it is important to get the logistical and administrative side of your home salon business organised too.

This involves:

  • Writing a business plan - don't worry if you have no idea what this is or how to write one. There are plenty of business plan templates out there and a quick internet search will provide lots of free options and advice on how to complete them.
  • Branding - is not simply about marketing and advertising your business, your logo and aesthetics, although it is a significant part of it. Branding is everything to do with your business, your attitude, who you serve, what you do and why. It should form a large part of your business plan.
  • Legal compliance - again the internet is your friend here. There is no need to seek expensive legal advice. To legally run your business from home you will need insurance and permission from either your mortgage company or your landlord.
  • Health and Safety Law and your home salon - just because you will be running your salon business from your home does not mean you don't have to follow health and safety laws. These laws are to protect yourself, any staff you have and your customers. You will need to be aware of and take action to minimise risks and make anyone else coming into your home salon aware of any risks. You will also be responsible for ensuring your home salon is hygienic and has adequate facilities as well as following the law regarding the storage and use of products which may be harmful to health, this is known as COSHH.

Customer Experience

Having a home salon business might mean you have to do some extra thinking about customer experience. You want to create the feeling of a salon experience within your home.

This means considering the journey through your home to the home salon area - ensuring the route is clear of clutter, clean and that pets are kept out of the way.

Equipment and Furniture

To come across to your customers as a 'real' salon to ensure your home hair or beauty salon is as professional as possible you need to have proper salon furniture and equipment.

Sitting your customer on a kitchen chair or washing their hair over the bath not only probably won't be legally compliant but will also ensure your customers won't be returning to your home salon business!

To create the right customer experience and salon image which will, in turn, create a loyal, return customer base you will need professional salon furniture. For this, it is a good idea to partner with a knowledgeable and reliable salon equipment provider like us at Concept Salon Furniture, as we can offer our advice and knowledge based on over 30 years of experience in the business as well as competitive pricing and leasing of salon furniture.

Design Ideas

Having a small home salon doesn't mean that you can't have a great salon design. Choosing the right space-saving salon furniture and opting for interior designs that can give the illusion of having more space such as colour choices and utilising mirrors are key tips for those running a hair or beauty salon from home. For more great tips and salon design ideas take a look at our other blog posts including our Top 10 Small Salon Decor Ideas.

Good Luck!

At Concept Salon Furniture we'd like to take this opportunity to wish you the best of luck with your home hair or beauty salon business and look forward to assisting you with all your salon furniture needs.