How to Open a Tattoo Business

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Opening a tattoo business can be a challenge, as it requires adequate funding for start-up costs, meeting all state and health department rules and regulations, a lot of time to dedicate to the new business and a disposable income when business is slow. Open up a new tattoo parlor in town with information from an experienced tattoo artist in this free video on body modification.

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Hi. My name is Brandon Pearce with Foolish Pride Tattoo Company in St. Petersburg, Florida. I'm here to give you some information on how to start a tattoo business. Information of what you need to do, the do's and don'ts and how to go about starting and operating your own business. First and foremost things you need to know, things you need to have is either a financier or the income to be able to start a business. It's not cheap to start a small business in general so make sure that the money is there. Also the rules and regulations in the tattooing industry is different from state to state but always very intricate. So check with your local health department as well as city councils to know what's needed in your state and your city to operate any tattoo shop or piercing parlor of any kind. The laws can be incredibly tricky so you need to take all the time you possibly have to learn those laws, know the ins and outs. Know what you can and you cannot do and also the wording of what can be done. There's a lot of releases that have to be formulated. Usually your health department has a guideline for that. My suggestion go through your own releases to know exactly what is necessary for your shop to be void of responsibility for improper after care once your client has left your business. Other than that you need to have time, time is the biggest issue with most owners for any business. I'm personally in here for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most people don't have that time to put into a business. So you need to have the disposable income to survive because if you're an owner the business isn't doing as profitably as you thought, you're not going to get a paycheck. I don't receive a paycheck most of the time. I made it so that way when we start a business I would have enough time. And again, I'm Brandon Pearce for Foolish Pride Tattoo Company in St. Petersburg, Florida. So with that information you need the time, the money and also all the information you're going to possibly need to start a tattoo company. Good luck. Hopefully everything works out for you.

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