How To Expand Your Barber Shop

 

As a barber, the end goal is usually to be self-employed and either be renting a chair or have your own shop. Being self-employed no matter what industry you work in has its benefits, but in barbering you have the opportunity to really make a name for yourself and earning potential is as high as you want to make it. Not only can you choose how to run your own business, but you will gain many of your own clients who will stick with you for many years.

 

So, here is a breakdown of the things you need to consider when hiring a new employee.

 

The Boring Bits –

 

Running your own barbershop entails a lot more than renting a chair to another barber. Just like when you opened your barbershop, you have to think about the legal stuff: Public liability insurance is often an important cover for barbers and most other trades, as it can protect you if someone is injured or their property is damaged because of your business. If you have employees, contractors, casual workers or temporary staff, you’re required by law to take out employers’ liability insurance. It’ll cover claims from employees who’ve been injured or become seriously ill as a result of working for you. If you own the premises then you will need business buildings insurance, however, if you are renting the premises it’s still good to check with the landlord whether they want to make a different arrangement with you.

 

You will also need to ensure that the person you’re taking on whether they are renting a chair from you or being taken on as an employee, is up to speed with qualifications and up to date with the latest trends. There is always courses available to attend to learn extra skills, get back into practice if they have had a little time off or just to better themselves and their qualifications. Attending some of the biggest barbering events such as the Great British Barber Bash is also a great idea because you can meet new people, learn new things and see all the latest trends and products first hand. If this is your first time managing and you don’t feel confident, most colleges and academies offer management and business training courses too.

 

When renting a chair, it’s a good idea to run up a contract just like you would a normal employee. You won’t have to worry about things like holiday, national insurance or paying an employee… but you will have to clearly define responsibilities, finances and most importantly tax. The contract must also include how long the chair renting agreement is to last, how the agreement can be ended by either party, what happens if things go wrong, and notice periods. Be detailed and include everything that’s included or excluded. How you charge them their rent is also something to think about. Weekly, monthly, you decide. Are they going to pay a service charge for electric and water ect…? Whatever your arrangement, make sure it’s clearly stated in the contract.

 

But what should I look for in a potential employee?

 

What you see fit for your business is totally up to you and only you will know what sort of person will complement your own personality and how you want to run the place. But here is a few things to take into account not only from a business point of view but a customer point of view too.

 

Personal appearance – Working in the barbering business, it’s obvious that people are coming to you to enhance their own appearance and we all want our hair cut by someone who looks the part. Having someone who presents themselves smart and keeps their haircut looking well maintained will give off a good impression. Someone who keeps themselves clean with fresh clothes and washed hands is ideal too – who wants someones dirty fingernails running through their hair?

 

Social skills – Having an employee on your team that’s got the gift of the gab may be a good way to start. Someone who is confident talking to others is a way of building a customer relationship that can last and a lot of customers enjoy having a chat when having such a personal treatment done.

 

Confidence – It’s key in any business, showing you know what you’re doing and know you’re good at it will bring clients back time and time again.

 

Personality – Having someone on your team that can handle men, women and children and converse with them all appropriately is an asset to your team; and there’s no doubt that having someone of a friendly nature is a bonus too.

 

Potential employees that have these qualities will be sure to help grow your business and you can bet customers will be spreading a good word about your barber shop!

 

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