Barbershops have proven to be an efficient business in today’s market. No matter how the economy is doing, people still need personal grooming services. Starting a barbershop can be a great way to realize your dreams. Before you jump on the bandwagon to open a barbershop, here’s what you need to know:
1. Pick an ideal location
Location is one of the most important decisions you will make in the early stages of establishing your new shop. Locate an area that is easily accessible with plenty of traffic and parking. The surrounding area should also be well lit, safe and attractive.
2. Get the right equipment
Do your homework before digging into your budget. Check the supplier’s reputation, price, delivery times, what service contracts they offer and warranties. Look for barber supply stores both online and physical. The equipment needed for a barbershop include barber chairs, men hair clippers, combs, and brushes.
3. Find funding for your business
Small business financing can be a difficult task. It is advisable to work with financing companies that will help you with the following three things:
- Find the best way to finance your shop.
- Be transparent about their rates and fees.
- Find loans that work for you.
- Hire the right staff.
A lot of customers look up to barbershops that have trained professionals. When hiring ask employees for certification. Research and contact the certifying group to ensure they are legitimate.
4. Advertise your barber shop
Marketing your shop can be done in the following ways:
- Television advertisements
- Using social media platforms, such as Twitter or Facebook
- Putting up flyers at parks and grocery stores
- Giving discount coupons during your opening week
Before starting your business, make sure you do your research on the basics of managing your barbershop. Managing your shop requires dedication, time and energy, in addition to good business sense and excellent people skills.