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How to calculate start up costs for tanning salon business

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have thought about starting a tanning salon business, you will need to figure out how much it will cost you to get started. You must have this information so that you can decide whether this business will be a profitable and worthwhile choice for you.

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  1. Consider the building in which you will run your tanning salon business. Decide whether you will rent a space, purchase a building or have a new one built. Find out how much this will cost in your area. Remember that you will need money to put deposits on utilities, including electricity, water and a telephone.

  2. Research commercial tanning beds and their prices. These prices can range from a few thousand dollars to much more than that, depending on what you are looking for. Look for companies that offer savings for new tanning salons who are looking to purchase more than one tanning bed. You will also need to have replacement bulbs and tanning bed parts on hand.

  3. Shop around for a timer system. The prices of the timer system will vary depending on how many rooms you will have connected to the system.

  4. Decide on how many furnishings, signage, safety signs and inventory you will need. Also, consider things that you will need to decorate your salon, such as curtains and mirrors. Remember that you will need tanning products for customers to sample and purchase, in addition to eye protection and towels for their use during their tanning session.

  5. Estimate costs of computer equipment to track customers, sales and expenses. You will also need money to advertise your business, so include advertising and printing costs.

  6. Find out how much commercial liability insurance will cost. Also consider a policy that will cover you if there someone sustains any sort of accident or injury while on your property.

  7. Remember that when it comes time to get financing for your business, you will likely have to put down some of your own money. Expect to be required to invest 20 to 30 percent of your own money to get your business started.

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