Franchising allows you to benefit from the experience, marketing strength and reputation of a large group. However, this will also reduce your margins. An independent salon will give you more freedom and flexibility, but also more work to make yourself known. The choice isn’t always easy!
A hair salon is a local business. That’s why it’s important for your show to have a high profile. Setting up on a busy street, in the center of town or in a shopping area is an undeniable advantage, even if it costs more. If your salon is located in a less-frequented area, you’ll need to invest in marketing and advertising, or already have a loyal clientele.
For your future salon, you’ll probably need to recruit one or more people. As people play a key role in a hair salon, this is an important step. This means recruiting employees with the necessary qualifications, but also making sure they don’t change too often. Hair salon customers need to be loyal.
The main requirement for obtaining a business license to open a hairdressing salon is that the company founder or one of the employees must hold a Brevet de Maitrise. The Chambre des Métiers will be able to advise you on how to obtain a business license.
The initial investment can be substantial, and a number of items of equipment need to be acquired (bins, chairs, dryers, etc.).
In general, expenditure breaks down as follows:
Depending on the progress of your project, we’ll give you advice, put you in touch with one of our volunteers, or refer you to another entrepreneurial support organization.