Many salon and spa owners are licensed cosmetologists who’ve worked in the field for some amount of time, and have a vision for creating their own unique business. Fueled by creativity and entrepreneurialism, a salon owner takes on all aspects of running their business – including marketing, hiring, financial management, retail product sales, and more. Many salon owners also continue to provide services while presiding over their business.
A successful salon owner needs to be a good communicator and a seasoned business professional. Because the owner is the face of the business, a salon or spa owner needs to have great interpersonal skills and easily build relationships with clients and employees. The salon owner makes sure the premises are kept clean and stylish, and they need to be current on the latest beauty and spa industry trends and techniques.
See how Ronnita Bugg and other Regency Beauty Institute graduates have made their dreams of owning a salon come true.
owns her own salon and styles hair as a runway artist for fashion shows and other red carpet events.
had two kids and wanted a new a career. Now she owns her own salon.
saw how much fun stylists were having, so he went from behind-the-scenes businessman to behind-the-chair cosmetologist at his own salon.
Salon and spa owners can put in long hours and may need to work nights and weekends. However, some salon owners hire a salon manager to help out with the business and staffing end of the salon — giving them more flexibility to work with clients or work less hours.
Many salon owners start in the beauty business as cosmetologists working in several salons, learning the salon business, observing how salon owners manage their employees and customers before striking out on their own.
While some salon owners choose to also attend a traditional college to acquire business-building skills, some cosmetology schools also offer business courses. There is an advantage to taking business courses offered by a cosmetology school – you’ll acquire business knowledge specific to salon ownership rather than general business information. For example, a well-rounded cosmetology and business education will teach you about creating a business plan for your salon or spa, making critical decisions for successful salon ownership and salon operations.
Even if you don’t plan to have a salon owner career, being exposed to the business principles needed for a successful beauty career will benefit you no matter what specialty of cosmetology you pursue. Knowing how to attract and retain clients will help you build your career and thrive. Learning the operations side of the business will make you a valuable player at any salon or spa.
At Regency Beauty Institute, we offer a comprehensive cosmetology program including business-building skills along with hair coloring and styling, skin care and makeup, manicures and pedicures, and spa services. Our business building curriculum includes learning about:
- Salon ownership
- Decision making
- Salon professionalism and expectations
- Good business practices
- Effective salon retail display
- Business plan development for salon ownership
Enroll in Regency beauty school to get a quality cosmetology education while learning to think and act like a business owner.
Certain of these career paths may require additional training, experience or licensure, and others may not require a license to perform. Students should also be aware that (1) the law may differ by state as to the training, experience, or licensure that will be required for any of the career opportunities in the list and (2) state reciprocity laws may limit the application of program completion in one state to licensure in any other state.
Regency has not made and will not make any guarantees of employment or salary upon graduation.