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When you get a great idea for a new career, it’s tempting to just dive right in. You decide you want to own and operate a barber shop, so you race off to find a location and get that lease signed. But there are a few things you need to consider before you make any moves at all, and they will help you to determine whether you want to commit to this new venture fully. Take stock of where you are now, so you can get a solid foundation laid for your new venture.
Maybe you’ve trimmed your buddies’ hair for years now, and they always loved it. Or maybe you just picked up a pair of shears last week. Regardless, you may be farther away from your dream than you might think you are. Opening a barber shop means that you must comply with the regulations that your local Board of Cosmetology lays down. If you are not licensed to be a barber, then you cannot offer your services, even in your kitchen on alternating weekends. Take the time to learn what licensing requires from you, and then get in there and get it done. You’ll be able to do so much once you’re properly licensed.
No one likes to think about bad things happening to their business, but it’s a possibility. The building could have issues, a client could sue, or any number of other things could happen. Heaven forbid a client slips and falls on the way to the shampoo chair! If you have insurance to cover the premises and your business itself, then you are a step ahead of the problem. Some business owners see their insurance premiums as something that they might work toward and get later. This is not the right way to think about it because you never know when you need that coverage. It’s too late to get it after something happens.
Many small business owners do not think that they need a business plan. They’re just starting out, so how could they need to know about marketing budgets and all of that kind of thing right now? The truth is that a business plan helps you to see where you need to end up, from the very beginning. The act of formulating a plan helps you to see who your customers are, what they need from you, and what you need to do in order to provide those services. The clearer your perspective is from the very beginning, the faster you will be able to say you are a successful business owner.
No matter how tempting it is to rush headlong into your new career as a barber, take the time to approach the process carefully. You want to become successful in your chosen career, so it pays to do things the right way the first time. You’ll appreciate having taken the time when you start to show a profit far sooner than you thought that you would.