“Be a lash boss!” Motivational quotes and examples of lash artists enjoying financial success and freedom are prevalent in our Instagram feeds. In no other area of the beauty industry do we see so much pressure to be an entrepreneur.
Running a lash business CAN be liberating and CAN be financially rewarding when it’s done properly. If you are running your lash business out of a room in your home, not only is this against the law in some states, but it can create a host of issues for both you and your clients that can be avoided when you operate from a designated commercial space:
- In many states, including Massachusetts, in order to run a salon business, you need a salon license. A salon license is different from your individual professional licensure. Failure to have a salon license can result in fines or even the suspension of your professional license. Review your state’s division of professional licensure rules and regulations to be sure you are operating by the books. In most states, a salon license requires that you have a designated entrance, a proper sanitization station, and a private bathroom. There are other comforts that a salon environment has over your home like no pets, kids, toys that clients can trip over. A salon also has a designated parking area. If a client’s vehicle is stolen or damaged at your home, that opens up other legal issues.
- Your homeowners/renters insurance won’t cover anything that happens to your clients or their property while at your home. As a salon business owner, you should have a general liability to cover “slip and fall” or any accidents, for example, a client trips over your massage table. General Liability insurance may help cover their medical bills. You will also need Professional Liability Insurance. It typically covers professional mistakes such as scratching someone’s cornea with an eye pad or singeing someone’s lashes off with lift product. Let’s say you get sued for the emotional stress this causes someone, professional liability will help you cover your legal fees.
- Cleanliness and sterilization can be too lax at home. In a salon environment, the board can pop in at any time to ensure that proper sterilization is being used, barbicide swapped out, equipment wiped down between treatments, sheets changed, etc. At home, some people might be more likely to let things slide thinking that the clients won’t really notice. This could lead to infections or other creepy crawlies like lice. Not to mention that your clients might notice the dual use of the space, the smell of food, pet hair, etc. and they might not feel as comfortable as you do at home.
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