Starting a Day Spa Business

If you are a student planning to open your own esthetician business or even a day spa then there are a few things you should be aware of.

Here is a list of things to know in order to start a day spa business, read on to find more.

Starting a day spa!

The spa business is a booming business with over thousands of newer and better businesses coming up every day. But there is business for everyone. After a hard days work, any one would like to be pampered and relaxed with the best in services you could ever wish for.

  • Keep a list of services which you would like to offer to your clients who come. Most clients don’t have the time to stick around for more than a few hours. Choose treatments which your customers can avail of for a few hours like Swedish massages, body mummification etc which are completely rejuvenating but take only a few hours to complete.
  • There are several things you have to be aware of while running a day spa like licensing requirements. Make sure you find out what are the options available for you to complete your spa application, health standards etc.
  • Location is really important as you can’t have the spa located in a residential locality where the walk through customers may be very low! For an initial establishment, to run only one person and 300- 350 sq ft of space is enough but more than that may be required if you are employing more employees.
  • You will also need to source the material and the equipment to run your day spa like tables, body lotions, powders, etc to keep your day spa running.
  • If you have a larger space then you should think of hiring expert staff like,
    • Stylists who are licensed cosmetologists who are licensed to give foot massages and head massages.
    • Salon managers are also needed to keep the salon’s day to day functioning normal. Although you can be tempted to keep the running in your hands only; don’t do it as it can be really tiring and confusing too.
    • Shampoo assistants are needed to shampoo hair in between jobs while stylists are busy with other work and to clean up hair clippings and other problems.
    • Receptionists are really great to keep your customers busy while your stylists are busy with other clients.
    • Manicurists and electrologists are specialized technicians who do need a little experience as well as a degree before you can hire them.
    • Publicize your opening well in advance as you will have to make sure that everyone knows about your grand opening at least a few days before hand and offer incentive discounts for the opening.


  • Jessica Howard said on February 23, 2010
    I am thinking about opening a day spa/ fitness center in Hopkinton MA USA which currently has neither services. This is a wealthy area, and I believe it would be a good investment. I need to know where to start however in the planning.
  • pendo said on April 13, 2010
    how do i start a day spa business in tanzania, arusha
  • said on April 17, 2010
    whats your email jessica?
  • Clairiess Hughes said on June 22, 2010
    I am thinking of opening up a day spay/fitness center in Tampa, Fl USA. I need to know the first steps to planning.
  • Liva said on January 6, 2011
    Hello, I and my friend together are planing to open a day spa & fitness center in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK. Would be happy to get more information about first steps in the planing. Thank you.
  • amna said on January 8, 2011
    Hello, i am thinking of opening a day spa/ fitness center in AlAin, UAE. But i'm not sure how to start and whether to focus in opening the day spa without including the fitness center? Thank you
  • Neisha said on February 6, 2011
    Hello I am working on starting an esthetics skin studio in Dallas offering spa services but mainly specializing in lash extensions I would like to get more information on getting started. I want to make sure I cover all the bases in planning. Thank you in advance for your help!
  • Tag Ceder beginner adviser said on March 6, 2011
    Hello Amna, Neisha, and everyone else, I offer spa consulting, if you are interested, and could guide you with the best lines and services to offer! Marketing is huge, too! Email me at
  • Jeanie said on April 5, 2011
    Hello, i'm only 16 but am starting to search for my career choices. I was just wondering if doing esthetics was a good thing to get into? I hear lots of different stories and just dont know what to believe anymore. If you could give me your opinion on it, I would much appreciate it :) thanks
  • Vijay said on July 4, 2011
    Hi I have opened a massage shop, please may I ask someone to assist with marketing ideas of growing the business. Its located in Johannesburg , South Africa Thanks
  • claire said on July 16, 2011
    Hey guys I have opened a day spa and hair place in south africa. Its all about being positive and fresh when opening. Its nb to remember that any business can boom In the first few months, after that the hard work starts. My best advice is never go into business with friends or even accepted extended family help, as this just complicates things good luck to all you ladirs, never let anyone talk your dream down just go for it and do it.
  • bakang said on March 3, 2012
    i want to open day spa in south africa i need to know how to go about it.
  • Josephine Chima said on March 13, 2012
    I want to start a day spa business in Abuja, Nigeria. Please what does it take to start a Spa business?
  • dharam said on June 25, 2012
    I have to open a massage parlour in dubai can u suggest me what capital i need and whats the procedure
  • cassie said on September 30, 2012
    Hi, i want to start up a day sap in lagos nigeria, pls i need more info on the start up capital, and the body of the biz thank you
  • Dale said on October 8, 2012
    Hi, Just wondering what the opportunities are for daily spa in London UK? THANKS
  • Rina said on November 23, 2012
    Hi, Im planning to open a spa here in Puerto Princesa PALAWAN, want too offer body massage, pedicure, manicure, waxing. is every one have an idea regarding the business, any suggestion? i really appreciate the feed you may give, thanks a lot
  • Kate said on April 7, 2013
    I am planning to open a spa in lagos nigeria. any suggestions pls
  • Ashley said on April 16, 2013
    Hi I'm in the beginning stages of starting my own full service Day Spa. I have no professional licenses and no experience in this business. I'm looking for a potential assistant or manager to help in this business. I also need to know if I can start my Day Spa with my lack of experience and license. I live in St. Louis, Mo and the location I chose would be in the downtown area which is an upcoming business area.
  • NGUYEN THI LUU said on April 29, 2013
    I want a small business as (Nail & massage locate in Dubai Marina area. Plz advice me the cost for license and square/ ft i have to rent to open shop. Thank alot
  • Fari said on May 14, 2013
    I am planning to open a day and spiritual spa in North East of GTA/ Ontario. It is my passion, but do not have any experience or knowledge. I am looking for people who can help me to start from zero to the end. Appreciate anybody who can help me.
  • Mary, Tiny Skosana said on May 15, 2013
    Hi! Dear, i would like to start a spa business, but i don't have any qualification or license. I want to open this business in South Africa, Gauteng. Thanks.
  • jane said on May 22, 2013
    Hi, i am planning to open a spa in kano, nigeria. i want to know first of all if i need to go school to learn the skills needed, secondly what kind of staffs do i need to employ for assistance and the sex too. thirdly what amount is needed and what are the things i need to buy to make the spa welcoming. fourthly what is the reasonable charge for various types of massage. Tanx
  • emmanuella eyefian said on July 18, 2013
    My name is Emmanuella am from Nigeria, I would want to start a body care and message business I need your assistance, if possible refer me to a school where I can be trained here in my country, here in Africa
  • georgina said on May 17, 2014
    Hi my name is georgina and I'm planning to open a spa in Zambia help me with same advice please
  • kikelomo said on June 7, 2014
    I want to start a day spa, in lagos, Nigeria. Please I need a guide.
  • Nguyen linh said on June 8, 2014
    I want to open a Day Spa or massage spa in Seattle. But I don't know what to start and what license I need. Can I open with cosmetology or nail license? ? Thank you!
  • peggy said on February 8, 2015
    Hi, i am looking for certificate to owner day spa at giyani .i was therapist at magwanani .i want to open my owner day spa
  • themba said on February 8, 2015
    Hy am looking for a license to open my day spa help pls
  • Ingrid said on March 11, 2015
    Hi please help I want to open a spa I was only trained by a spa and worked for that spa what do I need to have to start my on I'm in south africa
  • fatee said on May 11, 2015
    I want to start a mobile business in abuja, Nigeria and will like to know how
  • Evelyn peter said on September 9, 2018
    hello dear, I want to start a spa, hairdressing saloon, in Lagos Nigerian need a guide.


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