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Key Important Facts To SAVE You Money while opening a salon:
Number one thing you can do to save yourself money when opening a tanning salon this year: open the phone book and begin calling all the tanning salons in your area beginning with the one closest to your home. If you do this during normal business hours and they do not answer the telephone, then jot down the addresses of all the salons who do not answer the phone and plan to do a drive-by to verify they are closed and scout the location. While you are visiting each salon location, check to see if the front counter and walls are still intact and make a note of any contact phone numbers for the landlord which may be posted. If neighbors are close by, ask them smart questions about the location and why they think the tanning salon failed, etc. Get all the information you can from each location. KEEP IN MIND: A closed tanning salon location saves you TWENTY THOUSAND dollars or more in build-out costs for walls and electrical layouts.
We are currently
experiencing the toughest economic period since the great depression
and this has created a "consolidation" of indoor tanning facilities
and equipment. In the summer of 2010 the USA Today reported
the top 5 cities in the US for number of tanning salons were Pittsburgh,
Charleston, WV, Akron, Fargo, & Scottsdale.
The lesson learned here is that a consolidation period after an amazing growth period is only natural and has created great opportunities in both location selection, build-out costs, and equipment costs. The way to take advantage of this consolidation period is to find an "empty salon" in which the walls and maybe even equipment is still in tact and negotiate with the landlord to "take it over" so to speak. Keep in mind when negotiating a lease you should pay about half what the former owner was paying to be successful in the same location. In the end, you get $20k worth of building materials, half-priced rent, and his (or some one else's) equipment at .20 cents on the dollar.
Reason #2: The new Health Bill included a
10% tanning tax which went into effect on July 1, 2010 and this
event, coupled with poor economic conditions, caused many salons "on
the fence", to fail. This is a created a fantastic "buy
low, sell high" opportunity for the open minded business
Most of the recently closed salons were opened at the end of the growth period, which mirrored the end of the real estate boom...which created artificially inflated real estate prices and subsequently created incredibly high monthly rents for tanning salons. The current landlords were and are unwilling to negotiate "down" a lease with a current tenant, but perfectly willing to negotiate a "new" lease at a lower amount with a "new" tenant. My recommendation is to find a location near your home that has been empty for years and offer the landlord half of the previous 3 year's high...you would be shocked how many owners are now accepting these offers. Another GREAT OPPORTUNITY right now is to check your local papers for "absolute auctions" where the banks are selling commercial property to the highest bidder. For example, in my small home town in Ohio, I recently bought two commercial properties for only $40,000 total at auction. You will me AMAZED at the real estate deals for sale at auction every day in the US this year...check your newspapers for details. Imagine building a tanning salon business where you OWN the building or may one day!
Reason #3: The World
Health Organization (WHO) in April 2010 placed ultra-violet devices,
along with the sun, on the known carcinogen list. This is not
a surprise and this part of the continued awareness program the WHO
offers to make everyone aware of the damage the Sun, and sunbeds or
tanning beds, can cause to your skin if you ABUSE them or do not
take necessary precautions. This tanning bed and sunbed fact
sheet will from the WHO will explain how they say to "manage" these
risks. Click here
for health concerns.
Keep in mind, we NEED regulation and awareness in our industry. Over 30 of our states in the US have NO regulation or inspection of tanning devices what so ever. Also, try to understand we are going through a regulation period in the industry, along with a consolidation period of the number of salons, and a transition period to UV free spray tan products and red light therapy bulbs as well. If you embrace these changes and make it through these tough times, your salon will be "battle" tested and able to stand the toughest economic times...now! NOTE: You must provide some type of UV free sunless tanning option at your new salon like a spray tan booth or the hand held units pictured below. UV free tanning is growing in popularity and now many salon have ordered their second and third spray tan booths as they remove old outdated tanning beds. Make sure for 2012 you plan to add at least one spray tanning option in your salon. You can find used spray tan booths here.