Few Appear to be Hating on Independent Beauty Professionals in the Styling Industry

Are you a booth renter? Stop watching your back. Contrary to some beliefs, the rise in booth rentals is NOT leading to widespread animosity in the hair styling industry.

Although there’s been a significant shift to the booth rental model (some estimates show it’s around 50 percent or more), it appears that salon employees and independent beauty professionals both think they have the best of both worlds. And many salon owners say it’s not doing anything to hurt their business.

These findings were reported by Salon.com, which said that most salon owners in a 2015 study revealed that booth rental was prevalent in their area, but that the trend was not impacting their business. In fact, many of them had independent beauty professionals and employees working side by side.

Also, many of those surveyed that booth rental has been around for a long time — it’s just that it’s become more visible in recent years.

Friends, but it’s still business.

While all can be very well be in perfect harmony among salon owners, employees and independent beauty professionals, it’s important to make sure you maintain your business arrangement as … well, a business arrangement.

Here are 3 tips to make sure you protect your rights as a booth renter. Hopefully, you’re taking these steps before you sign a rental agreement.

  1. Understand any restrictions. Remember, you’re setting out on your own because you wanted some level of independence. If that flexibility is important to you, make sure you’re not required to use certain products, wear certain clothes and generally follow the same requirements as other employees. You also should be able to set your own hours. Make sure all these details are clear beforehand.
  1. Sign a legal agreement. Spell out the details of your arrangement in a legal contract. Agree to terms you’re comfortable with. If you’re establishing a solid clientele, you don’t want to disrupt that business if you’re suddenly forced to pick up and move. Likewise, you may want to sign a temporary agreement (six months, for example), if you’re not sure it’s the best fit. Also determine if the rental arrangement is weekly or monthly.
  1. Respect each other. It’s a two-way street. And you want those harmonious feelings to continue. Make sure you’re respectful of the salon owner, while still maintaining your independence. Just because you’re “free,” you don’t have the right to blast your own Spotify tunes — unless you make that request of the salon owner and employees.

Booth rental can be an ambitious and profitable undertaking. Make sure it’s successful with Stylie, a point-of-sale tool designed specifically for booth rentals. Arrange your schedule, keep up with client communications and keep track of your inventory through the convenience of automation.

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Michelle Guetersloh

Michelle Guetersloh

Hairstylist Consultant at Michelle My Stylist
For some, hairstyling’s a job. For others, it’s a passion: an innate gift that lights them up and drives them to outperform and overdeliver. Michelle G. is definitely the latter.

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