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I am taking over a Nail Salon soon, Do any of you have any advice to pass on? Thank you in advance...

Asked by ArabianKnightress (670points) January 23rd, 2012

I have been a client at this Nail Salon for 4 years and really have come to adore the techs. It is such a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere so I decided to go for it when I found out it was for sale. This will be the first time I have ever owned a business. The down side is that the salon needs to be advertized to bring in some more customers. I need to jazz it up a bit to be able to make it in the business. Nervous…....

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Employees, if they are able to will always steal from the business owner.

6rant6's avatar

1. Make sure you come up in Google locals when you search for “Nail salon [Your city]”
2. Makes sure you have real customers file real (favorable) reviews on Yelp
3. Make sure you have all the business information filled in on Yelp, including the website.
4. If you don’t have a website, take a video of yourself welcoming people and telling what the services are and put that on youTube. Then create a link on a new website to the video.
5. Create a Facebook fan page. Get freinds and customers to favorite it.

ArabianKnightress's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe I hear you,,,sad though..They know me well and they know that I am a fair person.

ArabianKnightress's avatar

@6rant6 WOW! I can’t thank you enough! I am not very computer savvy that answer is a HUGE help!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@ArabianKnightress I felt kind of crappy putting that out there but it’s true. Are the techs contractors or employees?

ArabianKnightress's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Its okay, it is afterall something I need to hear..I appreciate your honesty..The Techs are considered employess..

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@ArabianKnightress You’re in Jersey,but I’m assuming the laws are close to NY. Do you have all the numbers and insurances you need?

ArabianKnightress's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe OMG yes! I had no clue everything that had to be done. Sitting here now just waiting for a closing date….

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@ArabianKnightress It’s crazy what all is involved. Get a good accountant and good luck. One other little lesson I learned from a banker. He said know what you need to charge to make a profit. You can be the best mechanic (his example) in the world, but if you don’t make money you’ll be out of business eventually.

Judi's avatar

Call Tabatha! . Or at least watch a few episodes. I know you won’t be doing hair, but her common sense, no BS approach might offer you some insight that is important. Going from being client to boss is a difficult transition. You are going to see a whole new side to these people that you adore. Don’t forget that you’re the boss, and people do what you INSPECT, more than what you expect. Set standards and follow up regularly to make sure that they are being met. Especially when it comes to the sanitizing and cleanliness.

ArabianKnightress's avatar

@Judi Great advice thank you! And I think I will try and contact Tabitha :) OMG could you imagine their faces if she does walk into the shop!!?? LOL

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