#1. "RE: I have an idea but.." In response to Reply # 0
There are several spa associations - you would probably want to visit those first to see what information they offer.
But before you begin anything - you would want to do some market research - how many other spas do you have in your area? who would be your clientele? why would they come to your spa as as apposed to one of the other spas in your area or in CA? etc.
With what you're describing you definitely be a high end spa (you would have to be because of the costs). But that would require some significant investment capital - building, employees, products, etc. Where would you get the money? If you're looking for an investor you would need to provide that person/organization with the market research information so you'll need to do it anyway - so do that first so you can determine whether or not it is feasible.
The other thing you may consider is working at a spa in your area for a few months just to learn the industry.
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#3. "RE: I have an idea but.." In response to Reply # 1
Check with your state development department and local/state health departments on regulations and health issues. Spas are like hair salons and need to be licensed and inspected. You might want to visit some local salons and see what they offer and talk to the owners. You will also have to hire licensed masseurs, facial and pedicure specialists. You will need to know the workman's comp and hiring regulations in your state and you will need insurance. A good business plan is a start. Contact SCORE for help. (score.org)
#2. "RE: I have an idea but.." In response to Reply # 0
Start at: spabusiness.com and spatrade.com
Also you may want to start subscribing to some of the massage magazines. They are readily available at most newstands and have loads of information in the back on sources and other trade/spa type magazines.
I get several spa supply catalogs because I am in the essential oils/aromatherapy field so if you want the names of some reputable suppliers email me and let me know.
#7. "RE: I have an idea but.." In response to Reply # 4
> Is it >possible to take lets say a 4 bedroom house add on a few >things..
You also have to make sure that the house is zoned for a business. If it is zoned residential, you probably would NOT be able to convert the house for commercial use. But if it is zoned commercial or commercial/residential then you can. At least that is the way it is here in Memphis.
You can't just take a house and turn it into a business without the proper permits/zoning. So check it out with your local permits/licensing offices.