Hi Cherry first of all, I have researched this area quite a bit, bioth for local i.e towns and also the resorts.
Bulgarian prices for haircusts are very low compared to the UK, as UK prices are low compared to countries like Germany. My area of research has been different, as I am planning on opening a 'traditional' barber shop,
I have a house in the dobrich region also.
It would be ideal to converse with somebody on the same mindset and maybe brainstorm a few ideas.
First of all, it will not be easy. There is the whole language barrier. This can be avoided slightly by having a bulgarian person/manager in the store, that can help with interpretation and also maybe costs as far as signing leases. Remember, we are essentially foreigners.
For a mens haircut in Varna an acquaintance I made from germany piad 7Lev (3 pound) for a haircut. In the UK the same haircut would cost 7 pound and up. He says it normally costs 22 euro to gwet his hair cut in germany.
My mother had her hair cut last year, and the price, if i remember was about 5 pound.
For me, unless I was financially secure already, i would not be able to libve on this as a start up as i do not beleive there would be the clien t base there. (or could be), of course, I could very easily be proved wrong. I do beleive though, esp with a barber shop that a small shop could be opened at maybe golden sands, aiming specifically to tourists. There are not many hairdressers there, in hotels yes but not as shops.with you being english, this could also be a good attraction as they would likely go into the store out of curiosity, tyo ask advice from anopther english person, and this will in turn increaqse the number of people opening the store. There is more on this side if you want to pm me.
This side, of course has its draw backs as aimed specifically there will be negligible out of tourist season, so you will prob be signing 5 month contracts for the summer. Ideally you could open two, one inland open all year long, maybe where some staff could be trained, and one at a resort, the staff trained ccould then move about as in the uk. I am a barber by trade, and I have just trained my fiancees son, who is planning to come over with me if/when i do open. mine will prob just be at the beach though unless i find a partner that could maybe expand and move into a different area with. Please pm me if need further info, advise etc, or just to brainstorm. and good luck. Even though something maybe difficult does not mean it will not work, and the business that seems less viable, if that businesas can be made viable then you will reap the rewards. regards