Below are the most important things you need or must have to work on before you start a barbershop.
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1. Education (optional)
Yes it’s optional which means it’s not compulsory you have it in Nigeria. You don’t really need to have a degree in barbing before pursuing a business career in it.
Education or a degree for the barbing salon business is 80% not compulsory, it’s very optional. But if presented the opportunity to learn a thing or two about any skill of your choice; be it fashion designing, catering, car wash etc.
2. Learn the skill (Barbing)
This is arguably the most important success factor(s) to start a barbershop. This aspect will in no doubt determine your success or failure running a barbing salon business in the nearest future. You need to learn how to give a very good haircut.
Based on research, the appropriate length of months suggested to perfect your barbing skill is 12 months. However, some individuals tend to spend 6 months learning how to deliver a good haircut. It all depends on your level of understanding, how quickly you can get to know important things or everything related to barbing.
Make sure you do your personal research on where to acquire your barbing skill as it is very important. An apple doesn’t fall far from the tree they say; which in this case means if you get your training from a very good barber, you stand the chance to be good yourself and vice versa. It’s advisable you get your training from someone who has relatively high patronage with – years of experience .
Learning from a trainer with lots of customers is very important because there will be no time for play and most importantly you will stand the chance to learn and deliver different hair styles. Customers are different, Not all individuals will come for the same hair style throughout your barbing career. Learn the various trendy haircut styles to keep your customers satisfied and coming back.
3. Management skill
Management too is important to start a barbershop business. That’s why its Third on my list. During your course of training you should also learn or copy the management techniques adopted by your boss to grow his barbing salon to such high level. For your barbing salon or barbershop to be a success on the long run, you need to prioritize satisfying customers.
Aside that, the way you manage salon affairs which involves planning, organizing, staffing, controlling etc. plays key roles in its success, not forgetting cash flow management. Focus is key during training. When you are focused during training, you tend to know every techniques needed to be known to run a business.
Note: Nobody is perfect, and your boss isn’t exempted. There must be things your boss isn’t doing right or you felt could’ve been done in a different way during the course of your training which you noticed. Make sure you note it and work hard on them when you start a barbershop of your own.
For example, maybe your boss gives no room for suggestions or opinions; how do you work on this? Be open to opinions and suggestions but be careful as well the ones you implement.
4. Get a good location / rent a shop.
A good location is very important to start a barbershop. Your location is basically the place where your salon business will be located or sited. It’s otherwise known as the place where your shop/space will be sited so that customers can reach you for your services.
During the course of searching for a barbing salon shop at a good spot to rent, have in mind the exposure of the shop. Let’s say you’ve found a shop at a complex or a mall and you are ready to be sited there. Considering, analyzing or looking at the structure of complex or mall, make sure the shop is at the outer part of the complex not on the inside (that is a shop in the complex that is more or very expose). The essence of this is for people to quickly and easily notice and locate you.
Furthermore, it’s advisable you get a shop that is very spacious both on the inside and on the outside.
The benefit of this is that, your customers will have the chance to park their cars, bikes etc., enter into the shop and can also wait on another customer that is being worked on comfortably without any issue. Why? Because you’ve made life easy for them by being located at a spacious place both internally and externally.
Lastly, when you start a barbershop of your own, make sure you are not located at a place boosting of a high crime rate. Customers value life and prosperity.
5. Choose a name
Brainstorm on a perfect name for your barbershop. Getting a good name for your barbing salon business is very important. A good business name helps you spread like wide fire in little or no time. A business name is what represents your business or the tag of your business.
You should consider the following when choosing a business name.
Simple and memorable
Your business name should be very simple and easy to understand for everyone. You can consider what you are popularly know as or called as your business name. It could be your last name, first name, or even your Nick name. You can also reach out to a professional to help you out with a business name for a particular fee. The secondary thing you need to do is provide the person details of your business.
Lastly, you can try the online business name generators for a good business name.
It should be that of when heard, speaks or passes a lot of information about what you do without mentioning what you’re into. Example Best touch barbing salon.
6. Get your license.
A barbering license is a must to acknowledge a professional barber. You need one for proper identification.
Requirements to obtain license differs based on your barbershop or barbing salon business location. Know your current location requirements and make sure you fit in before you apply. Acquiring a license isn’t free though, it requires some cash.
7. Furnish your shop
To furnish – is to make sure all the necessary furniture’s like shelves, chairs and other necessary equipment are available in your shop. Make sure to properly arrange or place necessary equipment not to the detriment of other needed spaces.
Having served as a trainee at a top notch barbing salon, you should be able to furnish and arrange your salon similarly or better with possible adjustment where necessary; based on your experience.
Lastly, Make sure you have a printed list of prices you charge for a haircut and other related services; based on the sex of the individual, Age, style etc.
Post the price list boldly on the wall where customers can easily see.
SOURCE: Entlife online