Being an entrepreneur is certainly commendable and I encourage you to pursue your goal if indeed this is what you TRULY want. However, there are many challenges one can face in this endeavor.
When opening any business, your first and most important task is determining your Budget and then Funding. Your budget is the key to deciphering how you will implement your business plan. With regards to opening a spa, your first task is finding the LOCATION (Location, location, location). Your location is crucial to your business’ survival - the ideal site will generate traffic, provide convenience, and be in an area where there’s minimal competition. Remember having the ideal location will be the key to generating significant revenue and consequently yielding significant profits but bear in mind that a space in a well sought out area will most likely command high rents. So again determine your budget and allocate a portion towards the space and do not deviate from that. Next, determine what licenses and permits are required in your area to ensure your operation is not shut down for non-compliance. After, determine what type of Spa – a full service spa or selected services – this also goes back to your budget – the fuller the service, the more equipment, and the more, take a guess, M-O-N-E-Y. Also, know your competition – if an area is saturated with spas, it may be best to research other areas but always research your competitors. Pay them a visit and pay attention to their operation – determine where they are flawed and implement a strategy to compete accordingly.
As far as opening a business with your friend – you have to ensure your thoughts and visions are aligned well with your friends/business partner. There have been a plethora of lucrative businesses that have failed due to partnership disputes so prior to embarking on this venture, ensure the pair of you have discussed all the potential obstacles, created the business plan together, and created contingency plans for when ideas don’t work out as intended.
With regards to opening a babysitting service – I presume because you used the word babysitting that this will be operated from your home. If that’s the case, this is can be a small operation and therefore require less money. However, different cities, townships, etc have different requirements – find these out. Some may require licenses or perhaps certifications, etc and as a registered at home day care service, the city will pay your home a visit to confirm you have taken the necessary safety precautions for the children whom you will care for. There is obviously a cap on how many children you could care for. If you intend to babysit infants, since they require more attention, the number of children in your care might lessen. Again, check with your local municipality to determine the requirements. Some cities deem you as a at home day care center if you are caring for over a certain number of children – anything less may not require the licenses or certifications I mentioned.
Please remember, that there’s a wide array of information I can provide but it might be too lengthy. I suggest that you consult your local SBA – they offer classes to educate entrepreneurs and wantrepreneurs.
Wishing you all the best!