Thinking about a commercial tanning salon start up and is it a good idea?
Each year, research makes it increasingly clear that prolonged exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can lead to long-term health issues.
As a result, more people are limiting their time in direct sunlight and choosing to tan at a salon as a health-conscious alternative.
For salon owners, this trend translates into more business, including increased sales of ancillary products. Operating a successful business requires keeping your inventory of commercial tanning beds in good working condition. Below, we’ll provide 4 useful tips for buying replacement models when the time comes.
#1 – Plan For Variety
Plan to invest in different styles for your shop. You’re likely aware that some models allow people to lay flat while others require customers to stand. One style is not necessarily better than the other.
Your customers will probably have different preferences; some of them will want to stand in order to receive an evenly distributed tan while other will prefer to lie down. Rather than only offering your customers one type of tanning bed, invest in both vertical booths and flat units.
#2 – Think About Your Floor Plan
If you’re still in the beginning stages of opening your salon, you may have the advantage of building your shop according to your specific space requirements. If that’s the case, you can buy your inventory of booths and build around them. Assuming you’re already in business, you’ll need to consider your space limitations when purchasing each new commercial tanning bed. For example, if you’re thinking about replacing a horizontal unit with a vertical booth, make sure that your shop’s ceiling is high enough to accommodate it.
Likewise, if you’re replacing a stand up model with a flat tanning bed, does your floor plan allow enough space?
If you’re still building your inventory, consider the number of customers who will actually use the different styles. After all, there’s no reason to invest in the same number of vertical and flat models if only a few customers will use the stand up units.
#3 – Speak With An Electrician
Operating a tanning salon is unlike most other types of businesses. Your power requirements will be different based upon the type of tanning bed you’re using and the number of units you’ll need to accommodate your customers. Each model can have different power requirements. Some of them need to be hard-wired directly into the power supply; you won’t be able to plug them into a conventional wall socket. Other units can be plugged into the socket, but require more power output than a normal socket can deliver. Before purchasing a new system, discuss your power requirements with your property’s electrician.
#4 – Find Bargains Online
When you’re ready to invest in a new commercial tanning bed, look for promotional deals that are offered by online retailers. Often, traditional retailers who maintain physical storefronts are forced to raise their prices in order to compensate for expenses related to staff and overhead. By contrast, an online retailer or wholesaler can offer lower prices due to the lower costs of generating business online.
Planning For Business Growth
Ideally, your tanning salon will become increasingly successful and popular among a growing list of customers. As it does, you may need to continue adding to your inventory of booths while ensuring that your current inventory is in top working condition.
The best way to plan for the future success of your tanning salon is to find a dependable tanning bed retailer who can support that success over time. As your shop grows, they’ll be able to supply the models you need at a price that conforms to your budget.