Setting up your own hair or beauty salon

Are you dreaming of setting up your own hair or beauty business?  Do you dream of quitting your day job and opening up your dream business?  What’s stopping you?

Are you concerned it’s not the right time to set up your business?

Are you hiding behind the “now is not the right time to start a new salon business” excuse?

Is there ever a perfect time?  I am going to say no there is not… Perfection isn’t possible.

Stop hanging around waiting for the right time.

Could it be that are frightened of failure, hard work or the perceived risk?

Setting up a new hair or beauty business and becoming your own boss takes guts, hard graft and commitment.  It’s not for everyone.

Just because you’re a brilliant therapist or stylist and love your job doesn’t mean you will become an overnight business success.  Succeeding as an entrepreneur calls for a different skill set to that of an employee.  So, before you rush to hand in your notice do your homework.  Find out if you’re really going to enjoy being ‘the boss’.


  • Shadow a salon owner for the day.
  • Enrol on an online course aimed at hair and beauty start-ups and benefit from expert advice.
  • Speak to as many salon entrepreneurs as you can.

Just make sure you don’t fritter away your opportunities worrying about the ‘right time’. You may end up dissatisfied with your job, but don’t kick yourself in 10 years for not doing it, just do it and enjoy the rewards of being an entrepreneur. 

Prepared to work long hours in your new start up?

Ask yourself if you can, or indeed want, to devote all your spare time to your new venture.

I admit since setting up my salon 18 years ago I worked harder than I have ever worked in my life.  But it is still the best thing I have ever done.

If you like a quiet life, have busy family commitments or an absorbing hobby that you love, then perhaps setting up a salon isn’t for you. But you could still be your own boss by starting a mobile beauty or hair business or go self employed by renting a chair or beauty room.  Explore the right option for you.

I love this quote from entrepreneur and founder of Innocent Drinks Richard Reed. “A good test of whether you have the staying power and commitment is if you can come home after your full-time job and work on your business plan rather than watch EastEnders.”

Whichever route you chose – salon start up, going mobile or salon freelancer – setting up and running your own business is demanding.

Anyone who says otherwise is telling you porkies. But the benefits of freedom, building something to be proud of and the financial rewards beat watching EastEnders hands down every time.

Are you worried your new business will fail?

Fear stops many of us pursuing our dreams.  We are so frightened of failing that we don’t take that first step.  Here’s how to control it, harness it and push through it:

  • Ask yourself what you are afraid of.
  • Do your homework.
  • Believe in yourself and your abilities.
  • Set goals, deadlines and write a plan. (Need direction to get started? Look at my Feeling Inspired course).
  • Take action: “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”Susan Jeffers

Reduce the risk-factor in your new salon start-up

Go in with your eyes-wide-open, especially if you are putting your family home on the line.

By doing your business homework you reduce your risk and greatly increase your chances of success.

I am not suggesting you jump in and open a hair or beauty business blindfolded.  Read and learn as much as you can before you dive in.

If you’re thinking of setting up a hair or beauty business, or you’ve recently taken the plunge and started, then use the Creating Salon Success site to give you some tips to help you, or utilise the group/one to one coaching with Louisa. 

I share resources to help you start and grow your business, whichever route you choose to take; salon owner, freelance or going mobile.

Still waiting for that perfect timing??

Just ‘do it’.  Take that first step, and turn your ideas into a real business.

Remember the perfect situation, time and circumstances don’t exist.  You can do this, believe in yourself

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