Running your own business can be tough and when the odds are against you, saving every little bit counts. I’ve had my own salon for 5 years now and I absolute love it, although it can be tough at times, the satisfaction and gratification out weights it all, your living the American dream, building and running your own business. So when your first starting off saving any where and every where is what helped keep me a float, I mean when more than half small business don’t even last the first year the first thing you think is, money, if you don’t have money to pay rent, the electricity, water, YOUR employee’s, your going to be a statistic. One of the first things I started doing was painting and remodeling the salon myself. Obviously if you have the extra money and you want to contact some commercial painting contractors yourself go right on ahead, but please be careful and make sure you have the money you need, like I said, if you don’t have any money in a couple of months, your clientele didn’t quite build up as fast as you thought, maybe you lost a valuable stylist, what ever the excuse might be trust me it can and eventually will happen to you. Accidents, mishaps, new opportunities happen all the time and if you don’t have that extra money saved up your going to fold.
Saving For Success
First things first, don’t be intimidated and don’t be afraid to get your hands a little dirty. Painting doesn’t have to be complicated and it can actually be fun, just make sure to prep your salon for the paint job and get all the proper supplies. Now prepping the salon for the paint job is absolutely key, if you don’t prep the floors, the chairs, your going to get paint drops all over them and they will be ruined or look atrocious and who wants to walk in to a salon and sit down in a chair full of paint drops, I wouldn’t, if I see amateur work around the salon, I’m going to assume the stylist is performing amateur work on his/her clients as well. There’s no room for error in first impressions when it’s coming to your business, so make sure and buy plenty of plastic sheet to cover the entire edging of the floor as well as some extra for any borders you might want to cover or windows, or even painters paper with plenty of painters tape, please make sure it is painters tape, if using the wrong tape it can stick to the wall and rip off the paint, no bueno.
Once you border off all the edges to the floor, windows and electrical fixtures you can bust out the buckets of paint and brushes and rollers and start your painting. Now remeber, when using the paint buckets be careful where you set them, if not placed on a covered surface you could end up with a white ring on your floor, or careful where you step you would be surprised at how much of a mess a gallon of paint could do, let a lone a 5 gallon bucket. Most paints these days come with a coated primer in it and at the most you may have to go over some spots 2 maybe 3 times, but pay close attention to what your doing and don’t spill any paint and you should do good, it’s really not hard at all, not only did you learn something, but you just saved your self a good 6 maybe even a $1000 depending on the job and size of the salon.