Opening a salon is often the next step for many successful mobile hairdressers and beauticians. Being a salon owner enables you to become your own boss. Many owners are hairdressers or beauticians themselves and will often work in the salon. A salon could either be a hair salon, specialising in hair, or a beauty salon that offers a variety of treatments such as manicures, pedicures and facials.
No formal education is required to become a salon owner. Many salon owners are beauticians or hairdressers and have completed either a three-year apprenticeship or trained at a full-time college. However, to be the owner it is not a requirement to be trained in a particular area of beauty.
Good planning, communication and management skills are essential. The owner is responsible for managing the day-to-day running of the salon, so it is important to be organised and have the ability to manage time effectively. The owner will deal with staff and customers so she must be confident and have great social skills.
The owner will manage a wide range of tasks depending on business needs. One day may require the owner to interview and hire new employees; another to deal with customer queries or ordering new stock and supplies. Part of the job will include organising staff schedules and ensuring the smooth running of the salon.
Salary varies widely depending on location. An upmarket exclusive salon owner will make considerably more than a smaller neighbourhood salon. Your overall salary will depend on overhead such as how much the building lease costs, staff wages, stock and how much you charge customers. The Occupational Employment Statistics survey of May 2008 found that salon owners earn on average £29,784 annually.
The benefit of being self employed is having the ability to choose your own working hours. However, it isn't all glamour; becoming a salon owner is extremely hard work. According to the bureau of labour statistics, many salon workers put in an average of 40 hours per week, including weekends.