Opening Your Own Salon or Barber Shop in Columbus

You are moments away from taking the first step to opening your very own salon or barber shop in Columbus! By carefully following the steps outlined here, you will be on your way to opening your doors for customers who desire your artistic and professional services.

In the pages that follow you will be provided the guidance necessary to open your business in just a few simple steps.

Please note: we developed this website under the assumption that you are 1) properly licensed as a Salon Manager (PDF) (or have your Cosmetology License and will have a salon manager on-site at all times) by the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology, or a licensed barber through the Ohio Barber Board, and 2) are opening your business in a location that was not previously a hair salon or barber shop. You can confirm the status of your license and update your contact information at the Ohio eLicense Center.

For any entrepreneur who contacts the office of Small Business Concierge, we strongly encourage you to determine your ownership structure before you begin identifying locations or start the permitting/licensing process. Please consider the advantages and disadvantages of the following legal structures: Sole Proprietor (Owner), Partnership (General or Limited), Limited Liability Partnership, Limited Liability Company, Corporations (Different Types), Fiduciary, Association, Business Trust, etc. The Columbus Bar Association’s Find a Lawyer is an excellent–and free–service that connects entrepreneurs just like you to outstanding attorneys licensed to practice law here in the State of Ohio. Additionally, you can contact the Columbus Bar Lawyer Referral Service from 8:30am-5:00pm at (614) 221-0754 or toll-free at (877) 560-1014.

Also, we cannot encourage you enough to BE INFORMED and HAVE A PLAN. The City of Columbus, along with many of its partners, provides resources to you for you at little to no cost. One such free resource to assist you in developing a business and marketing plan is the Ohio Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) at Columbus State Community College.

Through one-on-one instruction with OSBDC’s business and marketing experts, you will be guided through such activities as assessing where need for your service is the highest, developing a business plan that ensures you adequate funding to cover the start-up costs along with your day-to-day expenses for the first few years. You will also be guided through the development of a marketing plan that will enable you to target those customers you want and to do so in a manner that sets you apart from your competition.

With these preliminary steps out of the way, let us begin assisting you in opening your salon or barber shop! Please select from the links below to start the process of opening your own business:

Begin Planning Your Own Salon...

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