There's no checklist... no field guide to starting a business from scratch, let alone a salon.
I've spent countless hours researching, Googling, messaging - trying to find cohesive answers or consolidated information. Alas, no such thing exists.
If I had the time (which I don't because I'm a start up - oh and I'd like a life), but if I had the time - I would write and self publish an ebook that gave a little more than a vague idea of how to start a salon. But you see, the concept is so much bigger than a check list. There are many legal entities at play- IRS, L&I , governing cities, state licensing, cosmetology licensing....the list seems to go on and on. And undoubtedly someone will send you a letter or if you're lucky, call to tell you - you forgot a license somewhere.
Despite wasted hours of trying to connect dots, I found the process of discovery somewhat gratifying. I feel proud that this was information I assumed was available to a new business and when I learned there wasn't a checklist, it was ok knowing.
I would dig - find resources - make awkward calls - ask stupid questions...and ultimately find answers.
So here we are, literally days away from opening our doors. Licenses in place - amazing people excited for you, working with you and mentoring you!
What advice can I give? Pick up the phone. Even the phone calls with "big brother" (aka government entities) were incredibly pleasant, kind and helpful. Ask for help and don't delay - these processes are timely but not quick. Seek out a mentor, someone in the business, who has run the business and is willing to share lessons with you. They've done it, they've gone through the growing pains, achieved success, learned. Find a mentor who fulfills those categories. Over all, be kind to yourself. I've wanted to throw the MacBook through a window so many times, but when I overcome obstacles (granted they're small obstacles at best) - I feel a growing sense of accomplishment!
Owner Rose and Crown Salon