Starting your hair salon: 8 tips!


Starting your hair salon

Have you completed your hairdressing training, and would you rather work for yourself than work for a boss in an existing hair salon? Starting their own hairdressing business is a dream for many who start the hairdressing training. If you want to and dare to take the plunge, good preparation is very important to succeed in your hairdressing salon. Below you will find eight tips for this. And how to create a barbershop business plan for your hair salon business

1.    Think about what you want

First of all, it is good to think about exactly what you would like to do and how you see your future company—specifically aimed at a specific target group such as men, women, or children? A trendy business or more classic? A budget hairdresser, where people can quickly get a haircut for little money, or a luxury salon where you spend much time with customers? Think about what would suit you well for your positioning as a hairdresser and your vision of the future.

2.    Open a real salon, work from home or start as a home hairdresser?

During the second step, you start thinking about your workspace. Opening a beauty salon is the ideal image for many people but does require a considerable investment. You can also take over a salon. ANKO offers an overview of salons for sale. Working as a home hairdresser or working from home is often the first step towards your hair salon. If you have a space at home that you can use, you should, of course, not have any problems with your customers coming home to you. You can also work as a home hairdresser. This requires even less investment (although you do need a representative car), but you also quickly build up a large customer.

3. Your salon or a franchise?

If you want to open your own business, there are two options. You can start your own business or open a franchise. Opening a franchise of an existing chain has the advantages that you do not have to do market research, you do less marketing because you already have your brand awareness and run less risk. You do give up freedom for this.

4.    Conduct market research

Then you will find out where and how your idea could be most successful. This includes, for example, research into competition in the area where you want to establish yourself. Are there many hairdressers already? Do they target a specific target group, or do they differentiate themselves differently? It is also good to check whether the target group you want to focus on actually lives a lot in the neighborhood you want to establish yourself. Always be realistic and do not sketch situations too rosy because you will regret this later.

5.    Registration with the Chamber of Commerce

If you start your own hairdressing business, it is mandatory to register your company in the Trade Register of the Chamber of Commerce (KvK). The Chamber of Commerce will then pass on the data to the tax authorities. Read your implementation of the tax rules for entrepreneurs. That way, you know what to expect and what to take into account. For example, don't forget to take advantage of financial benefits such as hairdressing supplies deductions.

6.    Determine your rates

Before you actively start working as a hairdresser, you must determine your rates. You take various factors into account. For example, with rates from competing hairdressers in the area, the costs you incur yourself, the time you spend per customer, and the type of service you provide. For example, a haircut in a luxury salon in a city center costs more than a haircut performed as a home hairdresser.

7.    Set up accounting

Every entrepreneur in the Netherlands is obliged to keep records, and this is also very easy for your VAT return, for example. This applies to all hairdressers, whether they have a salon, work as a home hairdresser, or from home. Accounting must contain invoices for your purchase and work as a hairdresser, bank statements, and a time registration. Time registration is necessary to be able to use certain financial benefits as an entrepreneur. All this can be easily recorded in an accounting program, such as in the accounting program. This accounting program is free for starters for the first 15 days. Nice bonus!

8. Take out the necessary insurance

Once you have started your barbershop and are working, it is advisable to take out certain insurance policies. As an entrepreneur, you always run a risk. Especially if you have just started, you probably do not yet have enough capital to pay for the risks you run yourself. If you have a salon, it is important to insure yourself against water damage and have inventory and goods insurance in theft. Absenteeism insurance should not be missing with employees. If you work from home or as a home hairdresser, then disability insurance and liability insurance are recommended.