Hairstylists are often faced with two options when they start their career: renting a booth or chair from a salon owner, or working for an employer on a salary or commission-based structure. Both options are good career paths for seasoned pros and those just starting out in the business, but making your choice will largely depend on your individual circumstances. We've collected the pros and cons of booth rental versus commission-based structure to help make the decision a little bit easier.
What Is A Booth Rental Stylist Job?
A salon that offers booth rental is similar in nature to an office building. While someone owns the building, they rent out space to individual companies. As the stylist, you will rent a booth or a chair from an existing salon, and pay rent on that space.
There are several pros for this type of employment. You can set your own hours and rates, making it easier to fit work into an active and busy lifestyle. You are also your own boss and make the rules for your business.
There are also drawbacks to booth rental salons. When working in a booth rental situation, you are responsible for the upkeep of your own business. You will not have the training, marketing, support and benefits of working for an employer.
What Is A Commission-Based Stylist Job?
A commission-based stylist job is more of a career path than anything else. Under this structure you'll work for a salon. You will be scheduled to work the way you would in any other career, on certain days and certain times. You will be paid a set salary, along with commission in this setting.
The pros of this setup are simple to see. Not only will you avoid dealing with marketing, product purchasing for retail sales, growing a clientele by yourself and other pitfalls of running your own business, but you'll have the help and knowledge of the entire salon behind you. Some salons also help provide advanced training to their stylists and will increase stylists’ prices the more education they have.
The cons of this model are few and far between, but they do exist. If you are looking to be your own boss, make your own hours, and charge the prices you wish to charge, a commission-based salon may not be a good fit for you.
Figuring out whether commission-based salons or a booth-rental salon is the right choice for your career will largely depend on your circumstances, lifestyle and career goals. Many find the benefits and support of a commission-based salon to be the best fit for their budding careers, but everyone is different.
The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo is a cutting-edge, commission-based salon that’s always on the lookout for talented, motivated people to join our team. In addition to providing in-depth training from one of Amarillo’s most reputable stylists, Lora Brown, and 100 hours of advanced training a year, we also offer you the opportunity to develop a career. As you grow your clientele, The Salon gives stylists the opportunity to have a personal assistant and gain insurance. Contact The Salon by Lora Brown today to learn more about our career opportunities.
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.