A lot of people in the beauty industry dream of becoming their own boss. For the most part, this will mean opening their own beauty salon. For practical purposes, most entrepreneurs end up opening their own salons and operating out of their houses. Finding a commercial space is simply out of budget for most budding salon owners. This is why we have put together the following tips for opening your own salon at home. Let’s explore.
Professionalism is Paramount
First things first, just because you plan to work out of your home doesn’t mean that you can afford to be lax or take a casual approach. It is a business at the end of the day, and you need to treat it as such. This means total commitment to the business. You need to be totally professional in your approach. The location should not change your attitude toward your business; you should behave as you would if you were working out of a commercial property.
Look Into the Legality
Obviously, you should look into the legality of opening a beauty salon that operates within your home. As a beautician or an aesthetician, you should already be totally qualified and have undergone all of the necessary training. Unless this is something you are still working towards – in which case, you need to ensure that your training is of the highest calibre, provided by accredited institutions like the Derma Institute. After securing the licences on an individual level for yourself as a service provider, you will need to ensure that your premises are also registered and licenced as necessary.
Get the Set Up Right
When it comes to working out of your home, it might be tempting to make some space in your spare room or set up in a corner of the living room, but this should be avoided. This, again, speaks to your level of professionalism and your client’s perception of you. If they don’t think that you have taken your home salon seriously with a dedicated set-up, then they are unlikely to come back, and if word gets out, this could be incredibly damaging to your business. Having a proper treatment room can elevate your business and also allow you to charge more.
Remember to Alert Your Home Insurance Provider
When running a business out of your home, you will obviously need to register the business with the council, as mentioned above. You are also likely to need to secure business insurance. A lot of entrepreneurs, when working out of their home, view them as two separate entities: the home and the business, and while this can be beneficial when it comes to establishing a work-life balance, it isn’t always helpful. You will need to alert your home insurance provider and often your mortgage provider, too, if you plan to operate a business out of your home.
There are both advantages and disadvantages to starting a business out of your home; on the one hand, your overheads are often a lot lower, and on the other, it can often feel as though there is no separation between church and state, so to speak. If you are on a journey to start your own home-grown business, then be sure to take on board the tips mentioned above.Sydney Unleashed is one of Australia’s premier entertainment publications exploring the latest in lifestyle trends. From Sydney’s finest restaurants, cafes and bars to the hottest in gadgets, products, and home entertainment, Sydney Unleashed is your one-stop lifestyle platform.