Hair salons are becoming one of the most popular businesses in the country. Most everyone needs a haircut, so the market need is ever-present. A profitable hair salon can be assured by a stylist's singular flair with different hairstyles and product knowledge. Your business plan should focus strongly on the perfect location for your hair salon, as well as who your primary target market will be. That later point is a rather involved aspect of the business plan.
If you encourage walk-ins, then you must be prepared to service a diverse clientele that has diverse stylistic tastes and backgrounds. That can be a problem if you want to only offer high-priced coiffures while trying to up-sell a line of high-end products. On the other hand, if you market only to deep-pocketed customers, you might be at risk for narrowing your client base too much and your profit margins along with it. So, the moral of this paragraph is: define your target market for your salon's business plan.
The kind of equipment you'll need will also be an obviously important part of your business plan. You need to know exactly how many pieces you need and what it will cost you. Any salon experience you possess will also be relevant to your business plan. In addition, if you choose to carry a line of products, wholesale costs will also need to be figured into your sales forecast. Employees will also be an important consideration. Many salons employ beauty school or barber school graduates; their inclusion in the business plan will not only display your confidence in your salon, but will show that you have managerial expertise, which always goes a long way in impressing investors.
The most important aspect of your salon business plan, however, will be how well you differentiate your services from your competition. So, again, the unique aspects you bring to the table will make all the difference in the world to the business plan, and your loan officer or investor.