Salon Business

I Fought the Law

If you are remotely interested in opening a home-based business, you need to get educated on what (if any) zoning regulations are in place.  For example, the State of Virginia allows home-based businesses, and in 2016 I built a single chair salon in my basement. But a business in a residential area has to conform to pre-set “Standards” that a business in a commercial area would not have to.

 

Those “Standards” are the rules a business like mine needs to follow. I live in the Town of Herndon.  They have written their own standards, which supersede the State and County Standards. Meaning: Regardless of what the State of Virginia says about home-based businesses, I must adhere to what my town has written.  This is actually a very good thing because if you find yourself unable to follow a Standard, the appeal process should be relatively simple because everything can be done on the local government level (as opposed to the county or state level). 

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Good Site. Bad Site.

Four years ago I had the best conversation of my professional life with someone who was an expert in website design.  It blew my mind, and it really helped me create some beautiful, and super functional salon websites.  Although hairstylists are experts at being creative, our obsession with aesthetics becomes our biggest weakness when we try to design a website.  We want our own website to be stunning, better than everyone else’s, in-fact we want THE BEST, MOST SPECTACULAR WEBSITE EVER CREATED, and you know what that usually leads to? Crap.

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