Salon Suites

Business building ideas for our tenants.

Getting Started on Your Suite Success!

Suite Success!

Setting a strong foundation for your new or existing business is the key to success in your suite. Whether just starting out your business or growing your thriving business more, we’ve included some helpful common sense ideas for you to consider.

Set goals

Make sure your goals are SMART; ‘specific’, measurable’, ‘achievable’, ‘realistic’ and ‘time-specific’. Short term goals are those that you set for your business within the first two years of starting it. Long Terms goals are set to be achieved within three to five years.

Your Business

Jot down a business plan and include your business name, purpose, mission statement, goals (from above), evaluate your existing clients, state your plan to grow new clients, etc. Create a simple legal business entity. Fill out an application, once approved, sign a lease. Create or get a logo. Get an Illinois sales tax number, merchant account, separate bank account and charge card. Decide how you will book clients, maintain your client list. Research your insurance needs;  health, professional and business liability insurance. Evaluate your equipment tools, plan on adding or updating where needed. Keep your state of Illinois license up to date, plan continuing education. Focus some of your continuing education on enhancing your business. Join industry organizations.

Create a retail plan

Make contact with beauty supply sales people for the brand you most associate yourself with. Create pleasing retail space in your suite. Be informed and inform your clients on your product line. Have a running inventory list and re-order before your product supply runs out.

Marketing

Budget yourself marketing time each week and use it wisely. Research ideas for marketing that will fit into your allotted time. Consider some of these:

  • Try Groupon
  • Design & print your business card
  • Plan cross-industry networking opportunities: photographers, wedding consultants, local health clubs
  • Create your BUSINESS social media spaces; FaceBook, Instagram, You Tube, Pinterest, etc. Ask family, friends and clients to like you. Share, like and post!
  • Register your business with Yelp
  • Plan an open house!
  • Create a referral program
  • Build a year long calendar of events centered around holidays, wedding seasons, prom promotions, girls night out, make-over event.
  • Create a rewards program: birthday,
  • Always book next appointments.
  • Use your continuing education to gain news skills to market.

“Having my own business and private suite has been life changing. I work the hours my clientele requires with their hectic schedules. Early or late we accommodate!”

-Debra MacArthur, Hair Designs by Debra, Palatine Suite 106

 

 

“My clients love the intimate atmosphere in the professional setting.”

-Carla Vaccaro, Carla Marie Salon, Elk Grove Village, Suite 102

Carla Marie Salon

“My salon is a beautiful, intimate space where you can come, relax and leave looking & feeling beautiful.”

-Lisa Jacobson, Salon Allure, Palatine Suite 103