Nowadays, with so many things to do, it’s become so easy to start your own business. Who knew that a lot of people need and want a lot of things? From candies to candles, balls to boilers, and gifts to treats, when you have a creative mind, there’s so many you can offer to people. And the best part if you can operate your business from your own home. It’s even better if you have a home gazebo in your backyard. You can do all sorts of things with it, including your own hair salon!
Whenever you or your neighbours need a cut, you’ll only have to pop on over to the back to get one. But is it really possible for you to open an operating hair salon in your home gazebo? Is it a feasible and safe venture to go into? These points might shed light on that matter.
Ensure A Lot of Space
Even during the construction phase, make sure that your gazebo will have a lot of space. This is vital for such establishments. With so many people wanting to get their hair done, as well as stylists and barbers working about, a spacious gazebo will do wonders for your salon. It will also help your employees work better and possibly faster. When there’s a lot of space for them to move about, they’re freer to work on the clients as they please. They might even let their creativity go wild, which can ultimately lead to a better business than simply cutting hair.
Keep the Roof and Ceiling High
Part of keeping the gazebo spacious is having the roof and ceiling quite high. With all the fumes and stuff that might emanate from all hair-styling and cutting going on, a high gazebo roof ensures lesser risks of suffocation. And sometimes, the chemicals these professionals use in their work can also smell bad. But when the roof and ceiling are high, the smell might not smell as intensely. So, apart from keeping the floorplan wide, make the height of the structure just as spacious. Though do also ensure that the foundation for such will be strong enough to handle its height.
No More 7 Salon Chairs Will Do
Look, if you’re going to operate a salon in your home gazebo, understand that it will be a small business. It won’t be an actual hair-styling emporium that you might see in the mall. The objective of this is to provide hair-cutting and styling services to your neighbourhood. You don’t have to sneak in a lot of salon chairs under your gazebo roof to impress your clients. A humble six or seven of them will do. In fact, even fewer chairs might still prove to be effective. Always remember that the goal is to provide services to a limited clientele.
Keep It Lit
You know when the girls go to the salon, it’s always lit! But this isn’t what this point means. When you want to operate a hair salon in your home gazebo, make sure that it’s lighted well. And while natural lighting is always beautiful, you’ll have to invest in electronic lights for this one. This might probably the most expensive part of the project, but then, just think of them as worthy investments. When, under your gazebo roof, you have the proper lighting, your employees will work better and more confidently when servicing your clients. Great lighting is not only a necessity, but it’s also an asset!
Of course, you’ll need mirrors! And the bigger they are, the better. Though always stay within your budget! If big life-size mirrors are too expensive for you to do, medium-size ones will be fine, especially if the lighting in your salon is stellar. Regardless, however, mirrors are a must! No self-respecting hairstylist and barber will ever try to cut other people’s hair without a mirror, no matter how confident they are with their craft. And your clients deserve to see that your employees are doing to their own hair too. Give them the right to voice their opinions lest you want your business to close down.
Build in a Storage Room
Hair salons are probably one of the few establishments that require a lot of equipment. From hair dryers to electric razors, you will need to invest in all sorts of hair-styling and cutting equipment in order to run the business properly. You can’t expect your employees to bring their own stuff, will you? They might not even consider working for you if you do! However, there are stylists and barbers out there who do prefer using their own equipment, and that’s okay. For their tools, keep a storage space ready for them. This will keep your salon neat and tidy, even when it’s hectic!
Now that you’ve built the right salon structure, it’s time to hire your stylists and barbers. Now, since this will be a home-based family business, you might be tempted to just hire your friends and relatives. This can be so as long as they’re actual professionals. When it comes to the people you hire, their skills should weigh more than your affiliation with them. Ask for portfolios and references too. a true testament to a person’s skills is how his/her clients like his work. And of course, a portfolio can stand as proof of just how amazing of a stylist or barber your potential employee is.
Make it a Friendly Environment
Finally, make your home gazebo salon a friendly place. Don’t copy those expensive places in the malls with snobby stylists and snooty receptionists. Since this is your own home salon, the key is to make it as homier as possible. Encourage conversation, invite your neighbours, and just make it a friendly affair. The more people feel comfortable in your space, the more they’re likely to come back. And when you get those loyal clients, you’ve finally struck gold with your business. Faithful and loyal clients are always the key to success! In no time, you’ll be showering in money!
Operating your own home salon is completely possible as long as you note these aforementioned points. When you do, you might just be surprised at how quickly your business will achieve success!