For most barbers, opening and running an independent barbershop is their top priority. It’s the time where they can fully express their creativity as a craftsperson. But, aside from thinning scissors and other pieces of equipment, what else do you need to start up your own business?
1. Start seeing it as an investment
If you want to start a successful barbershop, you have to look at it as an investment. Aside from learning new skills with cutting and styling hair, you still have to set aside a lot of time in creating an inventory of products and even the pieces of equipment that you need.
2. Consider legal considerations
If you want to operate your business legally (you should!), you have to be aware of the laws you have to follow. These laws include business, employment, and tax laws from the city up to the state level. It’s always best to consult other barbershop owners who know these requirements to give you an idea.
3. Get a county or city business licence
Getting a licence for your business might be much easier than you expected. You only need to fill out a one- or two-page application form to start. However, you need to know what type of business you’re trying to build before your applying.
4. Meet the State Board requirements
The state board requirements are different in every state. You can check your local board to know the requirements specific to your jurisdiction. The state board often coordinates with the local department of public health for business inspections to ensure that you’re following the state regulations.
These are just some of the things that you need to remember if you’re planning to start your barber shop. It’s always best to create a friendly and inviting atmosphere for your customers. Installing an HD TV or offering complimentary coffee are some ways to make them feel comfortable.