One the most used businesses in our daily lives is the hairdressers. It’s something that is in a bit of strange position. We don’t usually see it as a necessity such as we go grocery shopping. On the other hand, our hair isn’t going to stop growing, so we have to use it. Over time a salon or barber can become a sanctuary for some people. It’s a place they come to converse and share their joys and lows in their lives. It’s also a place where the end is going to be positive because getting a slick haircut uplifts your spirit and confidence. It’s totally understandable if you’re ready and excited about opening and running your own salon or beauty shop. However, like all businesses, there are some gremlins you have to flush out before you put your foot to the floor.
All kinds of business need protection or varying sorts. It doesn’t matter if you sell fruit and vegetables, or cars and suits, you need to have a safety net. After all, you’re dealing with customers who have that human condition streak within them. One day they can be fine and agreeable, the next day they suddenly want to take you to court for something. What you salon business needs is insurance that is specific to its nature. It’s not just to shield yourself from angry clients but internal disputes that could cost you your business. If you have hired a stylist, they could somewhere down the road decide to break up with you and steal some of your business such as logos, branding etc. With adequate employer liability protection, you stand a high chance of sidestepping this battle.
Like a men’s barber but only higher, salons have a chance of causing an injury to a client because of the condition of the floors. Wet and dry hair litters the floor and makes it slippery. If someone is wearing inadequate footwear or perhaps is old and frail, slipping and falling can cause great injury. But at the same time, it can feel like trying to stem a tide with your hands. Hair is going to scour the floor of a salon no matter what. Taking the time to brush the floor regularly is a good stopgap measure, but really, you need to have a floor that provides friction. Wooden flooring may be stylish but not very practical for a salon. Instead, you can get rubber flooring tiles or a composite or plastic. With this kind of material, the soles of shoes gain more grip and less likely to slip even when hair is trapped underneath.
Salons are a whirlwind of activity at the best of times. Some clients may want to highlight their hair, get a high-quality shampoo and conditioner, and or blow dry their style into a fixed position. For this to work safely, you have to section your sections properly. Keep one side purely for drying hair, another purely for water usage, and another where the initial and or final scissor cuts are made.
Barbers and salons are great places for the community to regularly come, spend their hard-earned money and feel good about themselves. But beyond the chair, running the business is just like any other. It’s complex, it’s risky but ultimately if done properly, incredibly rewarding.