Salon Startup Expenses and Ongoing Expenses

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If you're looking to start a hair salon, you won't need a lot of startup capital but the list of initial expenses can add up quickly. You could get a small loan from a bank or use personal funds to start your business to cover the initial expenses such as inventory, supplies and insurance. Some of these expenses occur only at the onset, others once each year and still other expenses happen every week.

Here's a list of some expenses you'll spend on when starting up:

  • equipment and furniture (if not supplied by a suite if renting)
  • inventory (shampoos, conditioners, hair spray, cosmetics, crafts, CBD, etc.)
  • supplies (shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, color, etc.
  • licenses (state and local licenses to operate a salon)
  • insurance (liability insurance, medical insurance, dental insurance)
  • rent (lease/rental unit)
  • advertising (local, internet and social media)
  • provisions for clients (coffee machine/water cooler rental)
  • phone / internet / tv
  • taxes (sales tax, payroll taxes, etc.)
  • continuing education (after licensed)

Deducting Expenses in a Salon Business

You can deduct the cost of starting up your salon. You can also deduct expenses supplies and equipment as well as any other business related costs. It's a good idea to consult an accountant or tax professional to help you understand what is deductible, what isn't and how use Salon Accounting to organize all of it.

You will need to keep a business record of all expenses for your salon. Salon Accounting makes it easy to keep track of all the expenses you have in your small salon business and categorizes them for tax and other reporting purposes. You can even upload your receipt to keep track of your expenses, and ditch the shoebox.

This is important because the IRS requires you to prove you are running a tax-paying business, not just investing in one and deducting personal hair care costs. Establishing a business record for your salon will make this easier and help you out in the long run. It's also important to keep your personal and business accounts separate so the IRS can easily distinguish a personal vs business expense.

Not Deductible Salon Expenses

The following list of expenses are not a deduction as an expense to your business, don't track them in Salon Accounting!

  • Your wages (even if LLC, you are the employer and this cash draw is simply your income, not an expense
  • Supplies purchased for your home/personal use
  • Cosmetics and products used personally
  • Travel back and forth between work (view Track Salon Mileage)
  • Personal apparel and accessories
  • Legal violations incurred during work time (speeding, parking tickets)

This is a list of some of the most common startup expenses for a small hair salon. If you start renting, a new salon startup can established with little investment. It's important to know how to classify your expenses depending on whether they're personal or business related and what records need to be kept for tax purposes.

Can you think of other expenses that should be included? Let us know by reaching out to us on our social channels and continuing the conversation!

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