How Does a Salon Business Owner Spend a Workday?

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How Does a Salon Business Owner Spend a Workday?

Keeping Informed

A salon owner must keep up with the newest trends and styles in the industry. This will involve setting aside time to read trade magazines, attend conventions, conferences, classes, and seminars specific to the industry. An owner must keep informed on new hair styles and innovations in hair colouring or permanent wave techniques. An owner must promote the business. Doing this will include developing a marketing strategy and budgeting for advertising. When participating in local civic activities, the focus will be on beauty related projects, such as beauty contests or participating in fundraising fashion shows.

Obligation to the Client and Shop

A salon owner has the option to hire employees, rent out stations to other beauticians or to work alone in the shop. The owner who works as a beautician in the shop with the employees or renters has the responsibility not just to the individual clients, bu he must see that the day to day operations of the business runs smoothly. It is the owner's responsibility to see that the shop opens and closes for business each day, that the front desk, waiting area, rest rooms, and all of the stations are sanitary. He must make sure the floor has been cleaned and the trash removed from the previous day. While the owner might not personally attend to these tasks, it is the owner's responsibility to see that there is an employee who is assigned to these duties.

Working with Clients

The salon owner who also works as a beautician will spend much of the day on her feet working personally with clients. It is a social occupation, and the owner will visit with the client and other occupants in the shop while working on the client's hair, nails or make-up. The owner may hire a shampoo person or assistant to help wash hair or retrieve the necessary products, such as hair dye or permanent solution. Specific tasks must be done throughout the day. Combs, brushes and scissors must be sanitised. Hair must be swept from the floor and disposed. Appointments must be made for clients who call or drop in, and someone must greet clients who come into the shop. While the salon owner does not necessarily perform all of those duties, it is the salon owner's responsibility to see that there is someone assigned to those jobs.


All businesses have a certain amount of paperwork. This might be done each day, or they may be done on a specific day during the week or month. An owner must see that payroll is prepared, tax records kept and invoices paid. Broken equipment must be repaired or replaced, and the premises must be properly maintained, such as regularly changing air conditioner filters, replacing light bulbs or tubes, and seeing that windows are washed. A salon owner must establish a relationship with a beauty supplier. Products such as hair dye, shampoo and conditioner must be inventoried and ordered, and it is the salon owner who will oversee this task.

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