How To Start A Barbershop

According to the US Bureau of Statistics, the barbershop sector is set to record a growth rate of over 10% in the next ten years. In view of this, if you have great entrepreneurial skills, you should consider starting a business in this profitable sector. Even during a recession, barbershops still thrive and grow because people need haircuts despite the state of the economy.

How To Start a Barbershop: Key Steps

If you have a passion for hair barbering and have good business skills, you can start a barbershop by following these simple steps:

Getting a Barber’s License

In most states, one must have a barbers license in order to work as a barber or start a barbershop. Even though the qualifications for such a license vary, most states generally require an individual to provide proof of graduation from an accredited school. Therefore, it is vital to undergo training in a state approved beauty school. At Evergreen Beauty College, we offer state approved barber courses that guarantee our graduates barber licenses.

Conduct Market Research

Identify a suitable location for a barbershop and conduct research in order to determine if there is gap that a new business can fill. You can determine this by asking consumers what changes or improvements they would like to see in the current barbershop in the area.

 Business Requirements

Once you determine that opening a barbershop in a certain location is a viable business idea, contact the cosmetology board in your state and establish which requirements you need to meet to qualify for a barbershop permit. In some states, you need to have to open the shop and purchase install items such as sinks and washbasins before getting a business permit.

Lease A Suitable Building/Space

Ensure that you choose a suitable location for your business. For instance, your barbershop should be easily visible and accessible to ensure your clients can locate the shop easily. In addition to leasing a suitable business space, also make sure you comply with all the health and zoning requirements of the local government health and zoning/planning authorities to avoid legal problems. Depending on the terms of your lease, you can put up signs advertising the services you intend to provide outside your business premises.

Hiring Staff and Purchasing Supplies

This is the final but equally important step. Depending on your budget, you can hire several experienced and licensed barbers who will assist you in providing services to your clients. If you have limited funds, you can also hire several part time barbers. Besides hiring staff, also ensure you stock your barbershop with quality products such as shampoos and other hair care products.


Starting a business can be a challenging and costly endeavor. However, the greatest challenge of starting a successful business is attracting and maintaining customers. Therefore, ensure you design and implement effective business promotion strategies to appeal to your target customer base. To achieve your revenue target, also ensure that your barbershop is always clean and has friendly staff.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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Matthew Dixon
Matthew Dixon
2 years ago

This is really great, basic information to get you started.. Thanks!