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The ABC’s of LLC’s

A few years ago I vividly remember starting a things-to-do list and  “Form a LLC” was at the top.  I have learned a lot since then.  If you are an independent salon owner like me  (or are planning to become one) you will need to figure out a few things about the type of business you are forming and operating.  I am not the person to guide you through all of the options, but I can share with you the options I chose, why I chose them, and how much they cost.  Here’s what I’m talking about:

  • LLCs
  • S Corps
  • Registered Agents

 

First I created a LLC

The very first step to starting my business was creating a LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) for it.  My LLC releases me from being personally liable for my business’s debts and obligations, and keeps me legally separate from my business.  How so?

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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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Color Formulation: The Good Root

If you have been paying attention, roots are getting a whole lot of play time these days.  Most modern hair coloring techniques go hand-in-hand with creating depth.  In fact, depth is finally getting proper attention and it is as important (or more so) than highlights.  But let me tell you, there are a whole lot of phrases floating around about this: 

 

  • Root Smudge
  • Shadow Root
  • Root Melt
  • Reverse Balayage
  • Root Stretch

 

Spoiler alert! It’s all the same thing. 

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Color Formulation: Creating Contrast

It’s all about the dimension, right?

 

This is a dear client of mine who was away for 5 months on the West Coast.  One of the reasons I adore her is because she loves to have dimensional hair, and since that’s kind of my *thing* we really work well together!  But, during her time away, her hair morphed into a golden (dare I say, brassy) palette that was no longer interesting or dimensional.

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