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The Ultimate Guide to Hair Salon Financing

In the United States, the hair salon market is worth $47.1 billion. Clearly, the opportunity for financial success is there, but only if you have the funds to capitalize on it — which is what makes hair salon financing so important.

If you’re interested in pursuing financing as a salon owner, it’s important to define your needs before you start the research and application process. This is because the financing that’s best for you will depend on what you need the funds for. Plus, in many cases, your lender will need to know how you plan to use the loan.

Once you’ve defined your needs, you can begin researching salon financing more seriously. To help you get started, we’ll review five different ways hair salon owners can use financing. After that, we’ll quickly overview the process of researching and applying for hair salon financing.

How Hair Salon Owners Can Use Financing

 1. Hire More Stylists

When you’re understaffed, your hair salon will suffer. Without enough stylists to serve new customers, your business’s growth will stall.

In addition, the stylists you do employ will be overburdened with customers, which will hurt the quality of service. In either case, hair salon financing in the form of a business loan can help you cover the cost of hiring more stylists.

2. Open a New Location

If you want to grow your hair salon business in the long-term, you’ll probably want to open a new location. When that time comes, you’ll need a significant amount of capital to make it happen.

If you’re approved for a business loan, you can use the funds from the loan to cover the cost of the new space, equipment, employees, and other expenses.

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3. Purchase Equipment 

From hair dryers to shampoo bowls, reception desks, product display cases, and much more, running a successful hair salon requires equipment. Financing can help you pay for whatever equipment you need to run your business. Plus, if you only need the funds to purchase equipment, equipment financing can be a great way to cover the cost.

4. Cover Marketing Expenses

While there’s plenty of opportunity for success in the hair salon market, there’s also stiff competition. For this reason, your marketing is often a key component of your long-term success. Despite this, salon owners often skimp on their marketing budget because they don’t have the funds. You can set yourself apart from the competition by using the proceeds of a business loan to afford salon marketing ideas without taking away from other parts of the business.

5. Acquire an Established Salon

In the hair salon business, you don’t necessarily have to start from scratch. Many salon owners opt to start their business by purchasing an existing hair salon and building from there. Of course, purchasing an existing business can be expensive, even if it’s a good deal. Rather than missing out on the opportunity to buy a salon because you don’t have the cash, you can use financing to make your purchase.

How to Research and Apply for Hair Salon Financing

After defining your financing needs, researching and applying for hair salon financing should be simple. For example, if you have the money for a new space but still need salon equipment, it’s clear that you’ll need to research financing to pay for that equipment, such as equipment financing.

Alternatively, if you need funds to pay for a new space, equipment, and stylists, a business loan may make more sense since the allowed uses of funds are more flexible than they’d be with equipment financing.

Also, once you have an idea of how much money you’ll need, you should restrict your research to the financing that meets your needs. While the rates for smaller loans may be attractive, those loans aren’t much use if they don’t provide enough money for you to grow your business.

After you’ve identified a potential financing source, make sure to compile all the documents you need to complete the application. Be prepared to ask your lender questions and try to respond quickly to avoid any delays in your application process.

Conclusion

The right kind of financing can quickly bring your hair salon business to the next level and beyond. However, as you can see from this post, there’s a lot to consider before making a final decision. Hair salon financing can take many different forms and it’s ultimately up to you, the business owner, to ensure that your financing plan facilitates your business’s growth.

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