What You Need To Know When Opening A Beauty Salon
Starting your own beauty salon can be the culmination of your life’s goal. Being able to practice in an area you are passionate about and being your own boss is an attractive proposition.
Making sure you are operating your beauty salon legally and being aware of your obligations as the owner of a beauty salon is imperative so you can make sure both yourself, your employees, and your clients are fully covered and insured.
Making you are fully qualified in the treatments you will be offering is a must. This goes too for anyone you employ or allows you to rent out space within your salon. Displaying certifications in your chosen field can help you assure your customers that you are indeed qualified to carry out the procedures you are undertaking.
It may be in your interest to take regular refresher courses or extra training in new practices to help keep your skills up to date.
Making sure you have public liability insurance vital. You need coverage if anything goes wrong or if a client pursues a claim for damages against you if a treatment goes wrong or an accident on your premises. You are legally obligated to display a copy of this certificate where public and official personal members can see it.
If you employ staff, you need to have employers’ liability insurance to protect you against any accident or injury your employees may have. Treatment risk insurance again will protect you in the event of any treatments going wrong. This is more specific than your public liability insurance and is designed for the beauty industry, where treatments take place on the premises.
Having written consent forms for your customers to sign can help you get permission to carry out any beauty treatments. For example, a Chemical Peel Consent Form alongside a checklist detailing all the procedures and what the client can expect can help you make sure you are covered in anything going wrong during or after the treatment.
Health and Safety
All of the equipment and treatment products you use will need to comply with UK health and safety laws. Making sure your salon is clean and hygienic at all times, as well as making sure you, along with your staff, are practicing good and health and safety practices, will ensure your salon passes inspections and is safe to carry out your beauty treatments.
Paying tax isn’t fun; however, when starting your own business, you need to make sure you are registered to pay your own income tax and national insurance and local taxes contributions as well as that of your employees if you are employing staff. Many small business owners find it easier to hire an accountant to take care of tax returns, deductibles, and PAYE contributions.
Doing all of your research before jumping and opening your salon will remove the stress of rectifying any issues or finding out that you are operating outside of the law regarding patient care and standards and your tax obligations as a small business owner.