Opening a grooming salon: a few tips and tricks for getting started.

Would you like to get into the grooming business and set up your own salon? Laboratoire Diamex gives you tips and tricks to help you get there.

If you’re dreaming of opening a grooming salon, now’s the time. With market growth and the number of grooming salons doubling in 10 years, the grooming sector is booming. So there’s room to spare!

First of all, keep in mind that grooming is a passionate profession. It’s a physical job that requires good interpersonal skills, both with the animals and their owners. Knowledge of animals and their needs is also essential.

It sounds logical, but training is very important. Grooming requires attention, rigor and dedication. It’s manual work that requires dexterity, patience and rigor.

If you don’t go through an apprenticeship, becoming a groomer and delivering quality work will be difficult, if not impossible.

Here are a few tips for opening your salon:

Take a training course

We’ve said it before, but we can’t stress it enough: learning the trade and perfecting it are key to keeping a company thriving.

Draw up a budget

Ask for a quotation from a wholesaler for the purchase of large items (table, bathtub, etc.), as well as small items (scissors, clippers, etc.). Whether you choose to work from home, from a van or from your own premises is another matter to consider.

Don’t forget the purchase of merchandise (shampoos, etc.) and ancillary costs (business telephone line, electricity, water, etc.). Opening a salon takes time, thought and investigation.

Survey the competition

Although the sector is not saturated, the number of groomers is on the increase. It’s a good idea to find out about the various professionals in your vicinity, so that you can respond as effectively as possible to different requests.

Determine your services and prices

Once you’ve sounded out the competition, you can now determine your services and pricing. Be creative and offer services that will set you apart from the rest.

Find a location

Many groomers have a furnished room in their home, but some prefer to have a business or a vehicle.

If you opt for premises, you’ll need to look for one to rent or buy (depending on your budget and your project). Look for visible, well-located premises. The ideal location is where the population is dense and traffic is frequent.

If you prefer the vehicle option, you’ll need to get in touch with us to find a vehicle that’s equipped or to be equipped, to suit your profession and your needs.

Choose a legal status

Société à Responsabilité Limitée (SRL), Société Anonyme (SA), Société Coopérative (CS), Indépendant Complémentaire, etc.

It’s important to find out about the different types of status so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs. For more information, contact an approved organization.