Business Management

Are You Really Ready to Open Your Own Salon?

If you think salon ownership is easy, take this quiz before you make the leap.

7. When it comes to duties in the salon, you…

 A. Are willing to delegate to others as well as fill in where needed.

B. Can do most of it yourself.

C. Expect someone else to do it. It’s their job, right. I’ll be the owner.


8. When it comes to money, you…

A. Know how to stick to a budget, have set up an emergency fund, and have an accountant who can help guide you.

B. Are able to pay your bills on time.

C. Spend it.


9. When you visit other salons, you…

A. Make mental notes about what works well, what doesn’t, and what you can incorporate into a salon of your own.

B. Look at what you can do better.

C. I’m not going in another salon. I had better not catch my employees in another salon either! Traitors.


10. When you visit a trade show, you…

 A. Make time to sit in on educational classes, scout out new professional and retail products for the salon, and network with other salon professionals to get ideas.

B. Go to some classes and shop for fun stuff for yourself.

C. I’ve been to all the classes, so I hit the show floor to shop and then go to the bar with girlfriends.


11. When you think of your first year in business, you…

A. Realize that you may not make a profit at first and will need to actively adjust your business plan and work longer or harder.

B. Think it would be okay. After all, the place you work now does all right without a lot of effort.

C. You’ll be glad not to work so hard. And you’ll finally have the money for that cute sports car.


12. You want to own your own salon because…

 A. You have a lot of experience in the nail industry, you love to mentor others, and you want to build a salon that expresses your idea of the greatest salon on earth!

B. It’s the next logical step; you have done nails a long time and know what you are doing.

C. You want to be the owner and let someone else do all of the work. We get it.



Mostly As: Salon ownership may be in your near future. You are on the “yellow brick road” to owning your own salon. Continue to do your research and get expert input to avoid the inevitable pitfalls all owners may face. You are level-headed and realize the risk and rewards.

Mostly Bs: Take some time to examine your motives. Perhaps try on the management hat a little longer in your current salon. You’ve got passion but are you sure you want the responsibility?

Mostly Cs: Who are you kidding? You are a free spirit and would never want to be tied to keeping certain hours or dealing with other people’s drama — let alone, staff members! Salon ownership is for someone else. Keep your job at the salon and you won’t ever have to take work home with you.


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