Nail Salon

Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? Yes
Online Operation? Yes


Passionate about miniature art and nail maintenance? If you’ve got experience with manicures and pedicures, running your own nail salon -- or operating a manicure/pedicure service on-the-go -- could be a worthwhile business venture. Your customers could include busy professionals, companies looking to impress clients, event planners and just about anyone else looking for a terrific in-home or in-office nail service. Providing your clients with exceptional service could guarantee you a comfortable income and loyal clientele for many years to come. To boost your revenue, you can also sell nail polish and other relevant products to your clients.


How much money can you make?

In 2017, nail technicians made a median salary of $23,230, with the best-paid 25 percent making $27,040, according to U.S. News & World Report. In terms of running your own nail salon, pegs potential profits between $40,000 and $75,000 annually.

What kind of experience do you need to have?

“For me, nails are always the first way I relax: It's a weekly ritual for me, and I think most women agree with that or can relate to that. Even if I do my nails myself, it's very meditative and is the moment of me doing something for myself. It's also a creative practice.” -Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, Chillhouse, in an interview with Teen Vogue

What’s the most important thing to know about this business?

“I essentially wouldn't have a business if it wasn't for [Instagram]… It's like a real-life focus group. So I think people don't realize the power of the data that you can gather up for your customers and fans and followers. I don't think they understand that is a channel to show your brand's personality. And I don't think they understand that it's an incredible customer acquisition tool. People want to be part of a community.” -Sharmadean Reid, WAH Nails

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