How to Start a Nail Salon Business

Having your own nail salon is not that expensive as it may seem, it is one of the easiest and cheapest way to earn money and be your own boss at the same time. Most people consider maintaining beautiful nails as one of the beauty rituals they do, to pamper themselves, especially women.

If you have your own nail salon business, you will have freedom of using your creativity of designing not just your own nails but other people's nails as well. Here are the ways to start your own nail salon business.

What type of nail salon would you like to put up? Would it be a Mobile Salon? Or a Walk-In Salon? Or would you like to start on an Exclusive Nail Salon a retail place? What nail services will you offer? These are all just basic questions you need to address before you put up your own nail salon or simply called “business plan”.

Types of Nail Salon

You have the option of a Mobile Nail Salon at first, all you need to do is ask for some referrals from friends, relatives, neighbors or repeat customers. In this way you will be recognized socially and will not run out of customers.

You can also open a walk in salon at your own home. By this way you can avoid paying rental fees but you need to have licenses and permits that will allow you to accommodate customers at home.

You simply need to have a separate area at home where your customers would feel relaxed.

If you can afford to open an exclusive salon that provides a full service nail salon with manicures and pedicures of all types, writing a business plan will help you set this exclusive salon. The business plan should include how you will be financing your business. For this type of nail salon, you need to consider: location of your business, lease of shop, equipments, and products. You also have to address your staffing needs, hours of operation and advertisement.

Types of Nail Services

There are different kinds of nail salons, each salon offers different service option and here are some services that you can provide your customers:

Manicures, pedicures, artificial nails, nail polish, nail repairs, nail and cuticle treatments, you can also include hand treatment service and different nail designs. One of the known nail procedure is called French manicures the ones that have white finish at the tips and usually uses natural color nail polish or clear ones.

You have to also ensure that you are well-stocked of all the nail polishes and nail products, by this way your customer will be more pleased to go back and have your services repeatedly as they know you have variety of products they can choose from.

Basic Nail Tools that you would need for your Nail Salon:

The following nail technician tools are just basic needs for you to use if you choose to set up a mobile or walk in salon: Terry Towels, Orangewood Sticks, Cotton or Gauze Pads, Polish Remover, Files or Abrasives, Cuticle Nippers, Nail or Toenail Nippers/Clippers/Scissors, Cuticle Pusher, Curette, Nail Brush.

You may purchase additional equipments in the future if you are planning to upgrade your nail salon and place it on a retail location, such as: Paraffin machine, hot oil machine, nail dryers, nail machines and other modernized nail equipment that will help maintain beautiful nails.


  • rojina said on September 12, 2011
    is there any provision of having online training on nail art.
  • hannah said on February 19, 2013
    how do you write a businesses plan for this industry (canada)
  • bily bob joe said on June 30, 2014
    i need a list of supplies


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