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Getting Started As a New Business

I know of a lot of artist’s who have recently finished training and don’t quite know where to start in establishing their new business. So I thought I would create a little checklist of what you will need to do to get your business up and running, LEGALLY!

Let’s be honest, nobody likes to do all the back end legality stuff, but it is a must to ensure that you are legally working and running your business. This will not only ensure the safety of you and protecting your business name, but it will also show your clients that you are a legit business and present yourself as “professional” to them once you have all of these steps completed. I can promise you that this will be a little bit of work, but once you get it all figured out you’ll be good to go!

Here are 5 essential steps to take before you actually start working on clients:

1. Create a business name! This is one of the most exciting parts of starting your own business, so make your name unique and something that will stand out! My suggestion is to steer clear of any name that starts with “browsby…” I know that’s a quick and easy name to get your business running, but really think about it and put some thought behind the name that everyone is going to know you by! Make sure to check names on IG and FB so that you are not copying anyone else. Be UNIQUE!

2. Find a location to work out of! This is also another exciting step. Do you want to work in a salon? Tattoo studio? Brow studio/bar? From home? Where is it you want to work? This is an essential step to do at the BEGINNING before you proceed to further licensing. You need to have a home base before you can sign up for a local business license or register with your state. Once you’ve found your place, make sure it is somewhere that can legally take you or has a spot that meets local requirements for you to legally work there. (For example, you cannot work in the middle of a hair salon, it needs to be a private room away from hair and a nails. It can still be in a hair salon, just in a separate room.) Most salon or studio owner’s should know what is legal for them to have a pmu artist working in their place.

3. Once you have secured a spot to work from your next step is to get a local business license. You do this by contacting your local county office and requesting for a business license. Each state and county is different but they usually need to do some sort of walk through or inspection of the area you will be working in to approve you. They can also tell you what other steps you may need to take to get a license. They will require an annual fee for licensing.

4. Part of legally working as a pmu or tattoo artist is getting your blood borne pathogens certificate. This can be done online (just google blood borne pathogens certification) or you can usually take an in-person test with your local county. Make sure you check with your area first to see if you are required to do an in-person exam or if you can do it online. This also will require a small fee (usually under $50) to obtain the certificate.

5. Create an LLC. You will need to register your business with your state under an LLC or whichever licensing you would like. This is what makes your business “official”. There are several different categories you can create a business under, so make sure you are choosing the one that best suits your business. 

Now that you have done all 5 of these steps, you are now an official business and ready to get to work!

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