How to Make Your Home Salon Work
We all love the idea of being bad-ass bosses of our own life! So it’s no surprise that so many of us want to run our own beauty businesses our own way. It’s especially all about you when you run it from the comfort of your own home – convenient and easy on the pocket! However, while working in a place where your phone charger is always within arm’s reach and plugged in and your PJ’s are never far, it can be a challenge to make your home salon work for you. But it doesn’t have to be impossible! Check out these tips to ensure your home salon not only works, but prospers!
1. Comply with government regulations
Like all businesses, a home business must play by the rules of the state. Before starting out, look for information concerning the government requirements and the regulations you must adhere to. For example, in Australia, all businesses must be registered and must be tax compliant. You may also be required to get a permit for parking and signage from your local council as well as a license for salon operation. There are also health and safety regulations that you might have to comply with if you intend to undertake skin penetrative procedures such as microdermabrasion, tattooing, etc. It is wise to consult your local council and government websites before you begin operations to prevent trouble with the law. Not only will you be legal as, you’ll also appear far more professional to potential clients!
2. Have a dedicated workspace
While working from home, it is important to establish a proper workspace that is not shared between home and work use – no one wants to be hanging out in your kitchen getting their brows done while the dirty dishes are only a foot away! This will help you to be more professional and will prevent distractions that may affect the quality of work that you do – like not washing the dishes half way through a brow job! A dedicated room for your home salon will make a good first impression and will help new clients to trust your services.
3. See the bigger picture
Many small business owners become too engaged in running the day to day activities of the business that they neglect the more important aspects of the business. If you find that you have become too busy running errands or performing menial tasks, it is a good idea to employ a manager, so that you can focus on more important aspects of the business. As a business owner, you should spend more time on important undertakings such as seeking opportunities for growth, assessing your marketing efforts, determining return on investment, etc.
4. Maintain good relations with your neighbors
One of the main challenges in running a business in a residential area is that you run the risk of upsetting the neighbors! This can result in lawsuits and hostility both which can hurt your business. The wisest thing to do is ensure that your business does not affect the people around you negatively. Comply with zoning rules and keep distractions to a minimum. Talk to your neighbors and listen to their concerns and you never know, they could become your most loyal customers!
5. Draw a line between your business and personal life
While running a home business, it is not easy to separate your professional and personal roles. However, it is important to set boundaries early enough for the long-term success of your business. For example, let your family know that you are not available during work hours – you’re busy being a boss here! On the other hand, make your hours of operation clear to your clients to prevent disappointment or conflicts.