Q:

How do you open a cosmetology school?

A:

Quick Answer

The steps to opening a cosmetology school include securing a business license and meeting the state or local requirements, finding a location and financing, procuring equipment and supplies, hiring a teaching staff and marketing the school. Different states have different specific requirements for cosmetology schools.

Continue Reading
How do you open a cosmetology school?
Credit: Bambu Productions Stone Getty Images

Full Answer

Most state governments require licenses or permits for any post-secondary school as well as specific permits for barbering and cosmetology. State or local governments also often require a minimum number of students already committed to the school before they agree to issue a permit, minimum square footage in the school's facility to accommodate those students and a proposed curriculum. As the business license and permits are being acquired, the new cosmetology school's owners should develop a business plan designed to help raise financing, plan marketing efforts and choose an appropriate location for the school.

To determine the amount of financing needed, the business owner needs to assess what renovations may be needed in the chosen location; all equipment needed, including barber or beauty salon chairs, sinks and mirrors; the cost of inventory, including shampoos, hair color and other hair product; and the salary costs involved in hiring qualified cosmetology instructors. In hiring teaching staff, the business owner should verify that the potential instructors are fully licensed cosmetologists themselves and should get referrals from previous cosmetology schools who have employed them.

Learn more about Managing a Business

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are some tips for starting your own driving school?

    A:

    Tips for starting your own driving school include getting information on the laws in your state, setting up your business as a limited liability corporation, writing a business plan and getting the driving instructor license. Submit all paperwork and fees, and advertise your driving school business to get clients.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you start a small retail business?

    A:

    Aspiring retail business owners should determine a business model, find a location, secure financing, determine a business structure and deal with regulatory requirements. Community business leaders and small business development organizations can help aspiring retailers determine the best strategies to complete these steps.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you start a gym?

    A:

    To start a gym, write a business plan, secure financing, obtain the required licenses, find a location, purchase equipment, and hire staff. Consider starting a niche gym, such as one focusing on boxing or women’s health.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you set up a halfway house?

    A:

    To start a halfway house, identify a location, register the business, establish guidelines and secure financing. Possible residents of halfway houses include at-risk teens, young mothers, local inmates, substance abusers and veterans.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore