Cosmetology Department

Salon Business Program


About the Salon Business Program

Pursue your dream of owning your own salon business, and enjoy the freedom, flexibility, and financial rewards that come from developing entrepreneurial skill sets. You will learn how to build your own clientele, secure business permits and leases and rental agreements, file business taxes, and understand important labor laws and hiring practices.

Learn all aspects of operating a salon, and write a business plan designed to support your startup efforts across product and service offerings, marketing strategy and implementation, operations, organization and management, financial projections, and more. Santa Monica College faculty are seasoned business owners and salon professionals equipped to deliver practical training and business strategies that will help you establish a solid foundation and growth plan for your salon business.

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Program Paths

Salon Business


Salon Business

Department Certificate

A Department Certificate in Salon Business will aid cosmetologists, estheticians, and manicurists in establishing and running their own business/salon.

Potential Career Options

Career Exploration


Student Resources

We know college isn't always easy. We are here to help as you navigate through your SMC journey. This resource connects to information about Financial Aid, Tutoring Services, the Center for Wellness and Wellbeing and much more!

Student Clubs

Clubs are a great way to make friends, network, and build community at SMC.

Career Opportunities

Our Cosmetology program is designed to have students' career ready. Consider scheduling an appointment with a career advisor with knowledge of the cosmetology profession to discuss internship and jobs as well as steps you can take to become job ready.

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