How Much Does a Booth Rental Cost at a Hair Salon?
Renting a booth at a salon is a great way to start your career as a hair stylist. These salons with booths for rent are commonly known as beauty malls. This is basically a building with a lot of small rooms that can be rented for a single hair stylist. These rooms are usually fairly small, but are large enough to accommodate one hair styling chair, a closet for supplies, and counter and mirror, and a table or counter of some sort for checking people in and out. There is usually a waiting room at the front of the beauty mall in which all the customers of the different hair stylists can wait. If you are a new stylist, this is a great way to build a reputation and base clientele; once this is accomplished, you can start looking to work in a big name salon if that is your dream. Other people enjoy this small private setting and are not looking to move anywhere else.
How much does it cost?
- Hair Dressing Courses Plus states that the average booth rental may cost $200 a week. The rental could even go up to $250, depending on where it is located as well as how many others are in the building.
- Reference.com shares that beauty salon booth rental usually comes as a weekly rate. It is best to budget at least $100 a week for the rental.
- On average, plan on spending at least $75 to $400 per week for a booth. The higher end will be for your upscale salons, while the lower end can be for the areas with less foot traffic. You may also pay more if your booth is at the front of the salon rather than the back.
- Busy and high rent districts such as Manhattan could charge as much as $1,000 per week for a booth rental.
- A forum thread on the website BehindtheChair.com claims that you should budget for $75 to $300 per week for your booth. Again, it comes down to your location.
What is going to be included?
- You are paying for the booth and the name of the salon. In addition, you are paying for your own space inside the salon. You get to cater to clients during the salon’s business hours.
- As mentioned above, there will be a few basic amenities included in your booth. Other things can be added if you desire.
- As the renter of the booth, you have the right to offer different services that cater to your clients and your skills. You also have the right to set your own prices. Your goal is to make enough money during the week to cover the cost of rental and make enough to live on.
What are the extra costs?
- Some salons require you to pay extra for electricity and water charges. Also, salon owners may charge you extra if you are going to use the salon on Sundays or other days that are not normal business days.
- Depending on the salon’s policy, some may charge a referral fee for walk in customers. This means that if the customer waiting does not have a regular stylist and is looking for a new stylist, the receptionist can refer her to you. You may then have to pay a percentage of that first meeting to the salon.
- Some salons may charge tax on top of your monthly fees.
Factors that influence the price:
- Location: Booth rental at a hair salon in metropolitan areas may be higher.
- Time of use: Salon users provide the rental of booth depending on the time of use in a day. The longer you use it in a day, the more expensive the rental gets. However, longer hours means that you have time for more customers and that you are making more money.
- Length of use: If you are going to rent the booth for a year rather than 6 months, some salon owners may give you a lower rate.
Tips to know:
- If you are a hairstylist fresh from a hairdressing school, it is a better option to work in a salon. That way, you could hone your skills and clientele enough to make you more confident.
- Build an outstanding relationship with your clients, and they will most likely follow you wherever you go. In time, they will visit you at your own booth. Make sure to show up at the salon on time and bring out the best service you have for your client.
- Always have a business card with you. That way, clients can refer you to their friends and family. You could even give a discount to the customer that refers you.
- Know the salon’s policies for the rented space.
- Always have a written contract.
- Decorate your space to make it your own. The more personalized and relaxing your booth is, the more likely people are to come back.
Questions to ask:
- Am I allowed to use the salon on Sundays?
- How many days do I get to use the booth?
- How many hours am I allowed to use the booth?
- Are there other charges I need to be concerned about?
- Is the booth available for rent monthly or weekly?
- Are there any terms of renting the booth?
- Is there a minimum contract length?
- What is the percentage for every client’s fee?
How can I save money?
- Rent a booth if you have a large scale of client contacts. Imagine yourself renting a booth for $100 a week and you only have one client. Do the math to make sure that it is something that will benefit you.
- If you live in a popular area, call around and ask for booth rental prices. Most salons will offer free tours and are more than happy to give you a quote over the phone.