Cutting costs for home-based salons and spas
If you can’t raise your prices, how do you increase your salon or spa profits? You cut costs. If you are a small business, you have to learn how to cut costs to stay profitable. You’ll be surprised at some of the shortcuts you can make to keep more money in your pocket.
If you still need to keep a separate business phone from your personal phone, VOIP might be perfect for you! One of the easiest cost cuttings I found was when I switched from a landline to a VoIP system. I was paying almost $40 per month for the land phone line. Now VoIP numbers are extremely cheap! Check out the deal below with our Affiliate partner:
•Cell phone/ Internet
When is the last time you checked your actual cell phone and internet fees? Find the previous six months of each bill. Average out how much you are using in terms of data, minutes and texting. You may be paying too much by being set up under a package that is way too big! You can call your provider and ask to switch packages.
You can also price shop and look at other service providers who might offer a better deal to cut costs.
Referrals are the most valuable form of advertising and can be done for free. Just ask your clients to refer their friends and family. You can also add an incentive such as $10 off their next service for every referral they bring in.
Email marketing is key. Make sure to collect client emails to add them to your email marketing list. Double check the laws in your area for email advertising.
Social media is one way to advertise for free. Take advantage of all the social media platforms to get your name out there. We have a great article that will show you how. This is a great Free Social media Cheatsheet.
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Try to engage current customers rather than finding new customers. It is easier to retain and engage an existing client than it is to find a new client.
*Additional reading: How to get more clients
•Core supply costs
Do you buy all your supplies at the designated beauty supplier or industry supplier? Price shopping suppliers can be a way to cut costs in your business. Keep a list of supplies that you use. Find the best price and the second-best price for each item at your regular suppliers.
Sign up for email blasts at all the supply stores, so you get notified of any sales. If there is a significant discount on one of your products, purchase enough for three months.
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Amazon Prime. I order most of my cleaning supplies and disposables on Amazon.
*Additional reading: Buying spa supplies
Do you take credit cards? Let your clients know that you PREFER Cash, checks and e-transfers over credit cards. Explain the high fees that you have to pay to process a credit card. State this on your website, as well as your social media. You can also post a little sign at the checkout. In some countries, you can even charge a fee to process credit cards.
Check out your business insurance. You can get a free quote from other companies. You might be surprised at some of the price differences. Hiscox gives free quotes, so you should give it a try! Check out this deal from one of our partners!
Accounting can be a significant expense. If you are interested in seeing just how easy doing your accounting and books is’ take a look at this blog post. I also highly recommend FreshBooks for its inexpensive easy-to-use accounting system.
•Manage your own website
Just thinking about managing your business website can be daunting. But it's straightforward. I wrote this blog post to show you just how simple it is. You can also check out our favourite website-building platform. They give great tips on how to build your business and build your website.
•DIY Branding and social media designs
One of my favourite resources is inexpensive, easy to use and gives your business a bit of pop. Canva is a really simple (free) design program that you can design banners, social media posts, t-shirts, business cards and more. I have used it for years. I upgraded to Pro a long time ago but the free version is amazing too!
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