Business Ideas in Kenya: How To Start Salon Business in Nairobi and Other Towns


A salon is among the most profitable business to operate in Kenya and regarded as one of the easiest businesses to manage. With the skills I possess in managing the business I feel entitled to provide ideas on how to start, profits you expect and the best towns to start the business.

Capital required to start salon business in Kenya

If you intend to start the business in Nairobi, you will be required to pay for a license which costs Ksh7, 000-Ksh 15,000 depending on the size of your salon. You also require machines which would cost at least Ksh 100, 000.Besides; you must paint the room which the business will run in with at least Ksh10, 000.

Rent is what makes it hard to run a salon. I must warn you in advance against taking a costly room when you don’t know the course your business will take. If you have a capital of less than Ksh 500,000,don’t dare renting a room of more than Ksh20,000.But business in Nairobi town centre or Mombasa and Kisumu town centres is more profitable. Renting a room of Ksh 25,000 and above is much reasonable.

In total, Sh 150,000 is enough to start a small salon in any town in Kenya. But if your business will do can massage, manicure and pedicure then having two rooms is ideal.

Best towns to start a salon in Kenya

If you want to make it in the business you must analyze first what the people in the area you intend tp start the business do. The best customers are those who have regular income. These are found in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru,Kisumu,Eldoret,Kisii and Central Kenya

Profits from salon business

A small salon with average of 5 customers per day will generate profit of not less than Ksh800 per day. During weekends, profits are higher but week days, business is low.

I know of a couple of salons in Nairobi which make up to Ksh 20,000 per day and they pay KRA taxes very well.

Best Way to Manage Your Business

In order to grow in business you must pay attention to every detail of your business. Setting up the business is not as hard as managing it.Salon business is a bit tricky especially if you have a full time job. Sometimes your employees can decide to steal from you when you aren’t around. I would advise you to install cctv cameras to guide you in counting the number of customers who come at your business. This will greatly boost your profits.








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