Plucking grey hairs, a new service
Services such as plucking grey hairs, taking care of domestic animals and leasing virtual offices have seen no shortage of customers.
Le Trung Tin, Director of an event organising company in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, said his firm has targeted wealthy families for weddings, funerals, birthdays and other ceremonies during the economic downturn. The company charges between VND3-5 million (USD142.8-238) to plan parties and also offers event consulting services.
'Virtual offices' have also become a trend among businesses.
Le Cam Ha, of My Dinh new urban area, Tu Liem District, shared, “Virtual offices are relatively new in Vietnam, mainly serving start-up businesses that are able to do most of their work online. Many foreign companies also use this service to open new branches. Virtual offices are managed by IT and leased at VND1-2 million (USD47.6-95.2) per month. The service often includes receptionists, fax system and other conveniences. These offices also provide support services, such as business registration certificates, tax declaration support and free web design.”
A number of hairdressers have started to offer hair plucking services to get rid of grey hair. For many this has become their main business.
Vu Hai Minh, owner of hairdresser on Van Cao Street, Ba Dinh District, said that she had to hire extra staff to provide the service to the middle-aged customers. Although the prices are not high, the number of customers has made it profitable. Minh hopes to focus on hair plucking to make up for the decline in demand for other services.
Pet care has also been taking off, particularly in the summer as families go on holiday. Prices depend on the the animal's weight; VND90,000 (USD4.28) for an animal weighing 1-10kg, VND130-150,000 (USD6.17.1) for 10-15kg and VND180,0000-200,000 (USD8.57-9.52) any animal over 15kg. Higher fees can be charged for extra care, such as better quality food, daily walks, playgrounds and even air-conditioned rooms.
The companies also provide beauty care for the animals such as nail clipping and feather dyeing.