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Posted On : Tue Oct 25th,2016

An ultimate guide to open a spa in the USA

What is a spa?

A spa is a place for relaxation and tranquility. In a simple word where you can get complete stress reduction and fitness programs like therapeutic treatments.

What services can be offered in a spa?

You can offer:

  • Manicures
  • Body wraps
  • Massage services
  • Pedicures
  • Hair styling
  • Facials
  • Vichy shower
  • Spray Tanning

What should be operating plan to start a spa?

  • You need to assess how many treatment rooms and hours you need?
  • Ensure that your employees have certain spa personal license and liability insurance.
  • A spa business establishment license is also required to operate your business.
  • You may need a sales tax id number if you have the plan to provide retail products.
  • Open a business account
  • You can choose a Sole proprietorship, Corporation, Partnership or an LLC structure to register a business name of your SPA. Sole Proprietorship business structure for a small business with a low income.

What equipment do you need for spa treatment room?

It depends on what you are offering. Common equipment includes:

  • Pedicure chairs
  • Hair styling tools and stations
  • Product shelving
  • Massage tables
  • Facial equipment


How to find a visible location for a spa business?

Building easily accessible with the main roads and adequate customer parking. It is better to have zoning department approval before hiring any building. Hire an interior designer to create a unique color scheme for a soothing environment. You can contact a sign making company to set signage and mirrors according to your color scheme.

How to consider your hours of operations to start a spa business?

Consider carefully that how many clients you can accommodate minimum on a business day. Typically, spas have not any limitation to hours and days now. People visit spas during holidays too. you can fix your hours according to day to day such as; different timings on holidays as compared to business days. You can set your timing as:

  • Lunch hours
  • Early evening hours


How to set price to operate a spa?

An integral part of building a plan of your spa is to set prices. Prices depend on the area and your services. Setting too high prices will limit your visitors. You should set up reasonable and affordable prices.

Types of Spa Services

The spa is one of the growing personal care industries. We can divide it into three categories:

  • Body and skin care
  • Makeup and hair removal
  • Makeup

Body and skin care spa services include:

Body and facial exfoliation

  • Massage
  • Wraps and packs
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Hair-removal
  • Body tanning

How to do marketing to start a spa?

Building a website is crucial to develop a spa business plan. It sets driving directions to let the other people know your spa services. Your website is visible to all the customers 24 hours, set a decent amount of your services.

What are the most important questions to run a spa business?

  • Are the spa employees have a license?
  • Is massage better than hydro-treatments?
  • How long a treatment takes?
  • What are the charges?
  • Have you registered business name with your state or county?
  • Sales tax license is required in most states to charge sales tax from your customers.
  • Occupancy license, business license and health department license are required to start a SPA in most states.

What kind of employees do you need to carry day to day spa services?

Here is a list of employees you need to know about spa professionals:

  • Spa manager
  • Cosmetologist
  • Spa assistant
  • Manicurist
  • Aesthetician
  • Massage Therapist
  • Electrologist (you may need license for this service)

What kind of training and licensing you to need to register your spa business?

From estheticians to therapists, to stylists to the artist, you need training and state approval licensing. Contact your cosmetology board in the state for licensing requirements. Once you are settled with your name of business and registration process in the state, you need to get liability insurance against fire, damage, and theft.


The Author of this article is a M.Phil in English Literature

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