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Hair Salon

Help people do it up right with a hair salon.

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Hair Salon

Startup Costs: $100,000 +
Franchises Available? Yes
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

There are numerous approaches that can betaken when considering starting a hair salon as a new businessenterprise. The first approach is to establish a hair salon thatoperates from a fixed storefront location. The second approach is tostart a mobile hair salon.

Prior to starting a hair salon, consider thefollowing aspects of the business. 

  • Location. Is there a suitable location available for the business inyour community? Good locations for a hair salon can include a homebased hair salon (providing the proper zoning is in place or can easilybe secured), a busy mall or strip plaza, and the lobby retail area of alarge office building or complex.
  • Competition and pricepoint. How much competition is there in the local market, and is thereroom for another hair salon? What is the competition charging forservices? Can a profit or reasonable return on investment beaccomplished?
  • Services provided. Will the salon be afull-service hair salon that also provides additional services, such asmanicures and facial treatments? Or will the mainstay of the businessbe haircuts and hair styling? There are also additional considerations,such as staff and certifications. To generate additional revenue andprofits, sell hair care products at the salon. The products can includeshampoos, conditioners and all other related hair care products.

Forthe really innovative entrepreneur: Seek to develop your own hair careproducts line, as there are many manufacturers of hair care productsthat do private label manufacturing. This means that the manufacturerwill place its product in your packaging, under your product name.Private label packaging is a fantastic way to not only give yourbusiness the look of professionalism and success, it’s also a way towholesale your products nationally.

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Perfume

Make the world a better-smelling place by making or selling perfume.

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Perfume

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Creating, packaging and distributing yourown perfume line can make you rich. Developing your own perfume orperfume line will take some careful planning and research. However, thehard work could really pay off, especially if you can secure nationalaccounts with well-recognized specialty retailers.

In terms of the typeof perfume your business develops, consider an all-natural approach tothe ingredients, as all-natural products are the biggest trend rightnow. The perfume can be sold to retailers on a wholesale basis,directly to consumers via the internet, or by establishing a perfumesales kiosk set up in high-traffic community gathering places. Formail-order sales, advertise the perfume in specialty publications.

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Pedicure Service

Enjoy flexible hours while keeping people’s feet looking great with a pedicure service.

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Pedicure Service

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Calling all pedicurists tired of working forsomeone else, the time is now to take control of your financial futureand start creating profits for yourself by launching your own pedicureservice business. A pedicure service is a great business to start andmanage from a home based location while operating the service on amobile basis.

In terms of gaining clients for the service, seek outunusual opportunities. Go to people who can’t come to you. Clients caninclude busy professionals, residents of nursing and retirement homes,long-term hospital patients and just about anyone else looking for aterrific in-home or office pedicure service. Providing your clientswith exceptional service will guarantee you a very comfortable incomeand repeat clientele for many years to come.

Potential income range is$25 to $40 per hour, plus the potential to sell foot care products.

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Skin Care Products

Anti-aging has never been hotter. Capitalize on this market unlikely to dwindle anytime soon.

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Skin Care Products

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Creating and marketing your own skin careproduct line is a fantastic business venture to set in motion. With somuch emphasis on ‘natural’ these days, a skin care line devoted toall-natural ingredients would definitely be a wise decision in terms ofproduct marketing and consumer acceptance.

The starting point for thebusiness will be research, and this can be accomplished with assistancefrom the internet, the local library and even the local cosmeticscounter. Most cosmeticians will be more than happy to explain thebenefits of their products, including what certain ingredients will dofor your skin.

To keep business startup costs to a minimum, initiallystart with basic skin care products (cleanser, toner and moisturizer),and expand the skin care product line from there. Good advertisingmedia to promote and market skin care products would be the internet,promotional fliers, newspaper ads and home shopping parties, but yourbest advertising will be by way of word-of-mouth referrals. This typeof business enterprise is well-suited for a home based businesslocation.

To jump-start the business, offer free skin care analysis tocustomers along with free samples of the natural skin care productsthat you sell.

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