Unless you are purchasing a property to open your shop, chances are you will need to lease space and negotiate favorable terms with a landlord.
There are potential perils in negotiating the wrong terms for a lease, as you may face liability to a landlord for rent if your shop fails.
Find an attorney who has the knowledge to help you navigate all of the laws which will certainly come up in your tattoo shop ownership.
If you can find one who has a love for the art form, even better.
A properly structured lease agreement is important to the success of your business.
The Tattoo Artist as Boss: As a business owner, and unless you are working for someone else, you will likely have employees.
In addition, New Jersey requires that an operator of a body art establishment to have at least 12 months experience in the operation of a tattooing facility.
There are many other requirements that must be submitted to the State for review and approval, but that is not the purpose of this article.
Most, if not all, municipalities have land use and zoning ordinances that govern, control or limit where tattoo and body art establishments may be located within the town boundaries.
These ordinances may potentially restrict tattoo shops to a particular location in town, and consequently, there may be a high concentration of competition.