If you want to start a salon business in Kenya you need to be ready to do the following things.
Everyone tells you you can’t go wrong with a salon business but not everyone gets into the detail of how to get started. Starting a salon business in Kenya is not as easy as it seems but it is profitable and fun if you love hair and beauty products and have an entrepreneurial spirit. Here’s what you need to know before jumping into the salon business.
1. You need to be a trained beautician
You obviously can’t just start a business that you’re not good at. You’re required to be a trained beautician which means if you haven’t already gone to beauty school then this should be your first goal.
2. You will need about 100k to start
You can start saving because at the very least to start this business you will need 100k. This is the safe estimate to have for those who want to start small. Jumping into a business venture is not the easiest thing to do. You want to make sure that you have a solid plan and you can use the KCB Goal Savings account which is tailored to encourage customers wishing to have short term saving between 6months – 5 years to get there. All you have to do is open a saving account with them, make sure it’s fixed for more than 6 months so that you can track your target goal until you reach your desired amount. If you wish to attain this goal you can save 10k in 10 months and get 100k all at once. Remember when you want something you need to be ready to sacrifice, so what is 10k a month compared to the outcome you will get?
3. Look for a place to rent
You need to get a location that will make sense for you rent wise and at the same an area where there are people. You can get a small stall but as long as it can serve the purpose you shouldn’t worry. This is about growing your clientele and proving to your customers that you can do their hair.
4. Buy salon equipment
Buy what you need for a startup. Chairs, dryer, blow dry, water storage tank etc. Your budget depending on where you buy should be 60k, remember to start small if you don’t have all the funds you require.
5. Get a license
Get a license because this is Kenya and you certainly cannot do anything without a license. You need to get it from your county government then after an analysis is done. A small salon will cost Ksh5,000 – Ksh15,000 per year to license.
At the end of the day every business you start you need to be ambitious and consistent. You shouldn’t stop because the first month the profit won’t be what you expected. Remember to also market your business, tell everyone about it using social media and word of mouth.