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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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Massage Oils

Help people work out the kinks by providing them with massage oils.

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Massage Oils

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Like developing your own perfume line,developing your own massage oil line also has great potential. In fact,the two products could be developed together and wholesaled to the sameretailers. Given the current popularity of all-natural products it’d bea wise decision to develop the massage oils from all-natural andorganic ingredients. Seek out joint venture business opportunities withestablished companies that can assist in the development, marketing anddistribution of your products.

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Massage Salon

Knead away people’s cares, and they’ll probably be back for more.

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Massage Salon

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting a massage salon or a career as anindependent masseuse requires professional certification or staffmembers with professional certification. However, the training tobecome a certified masseuse generally takes less than one year andcosts less than $10,000. There are a couple of ways to operate amassage therapy business.

The first is to work from a fixed location ormassage salon, and the second way is to operate the business on amobile basis, where you go to the client. Both approaches to operatingthe business have their pros and cons. A mobile massage therapybusiness is by far less costly to establish and operate, but alsogenerates less revenue than a salon.

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Makeup Artist

Wow clients with glam looks as a makeup artist.

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Makeup Artist

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

Business Overview

If you’ve got a way with makeup–you know how to create magic withpowders, lipsticks and shadows and you like transforming Cinderellasinto princesses–then this could be the business for you. As a makeupartist, you’ll help clients look their best for weddings or otherspecial events, give beauty makeovers to people who want to updatetheir everyday images, or you might specialize in helping peopledisfigured by accident or illness look and feel good again.

If you livein an area with a viable film industry, you can also become a makeupartist to the stars (or star-hopefuls) by working on TV or movieprojects. The advantages to this business are that you can startpart-time and on a shoestring, and you get the rewards of helpingpeople feel good about themselves. As a makeup artist, you’ll need theskills and talent to turn a plain Prudence into a dazzling Diana aswell as the teaching skills to send your clients home with tips on howto achieve everyday glamour results for themselves.

The Market

Your clients can be just about anybody who wants to look good, althoughthey’ll likely be female. You can target brides by establishingrelationships (be sure to leave brochures and business cards) withwedding-oriented businesses like bridal consultants, bridal shops andcaterers. Work up referral networks with event and party planners, too,along with public relations agents.

Nab clients who want a beautymakeover by placing ads in local Yellow Pages and newspapers andleaving brochures at hair salons, trendy boutiques and dress shops.Give workshops for women’s groups or experiment with home parties à laMary Kay–but keep in mind that if you sell your beauty products,you’ll need a resale license. If you plan to work with disfiguredclients, introduce yourself and leave brochures with plastic surgeonsand oncologists.

Needed Equipment

In some states, you need a cosmetology license to work on clients’skin, so be sure to check with your state board of cosmetology. Otherthan that, all you need is makeup, brushes and sponges, and your owninnate talents.

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