How much should I charge for a salon chair rental?

Updated April 17, 2017

No salon owner likes empty booths, so many rent their chairs to cover costs. If this is your approach, take your overhead cost (rent, utilities, insurance, and cleaning/receptionist expenses) and divide it by the rental spaces in your salon (excluding your chair). Avoid "part time" and "booth share" situations whenever possible.

This is YOUR Business

Renting makes you more of a "landlord" than a business owner. Your business' success now depends on others. As renters, stylists are independent contractors. They can set their own schedules (consider absences and no-shows), keep all earnings, sell products of their choice, and dress and act how they want.

Bottom Line

Renting is more difficult than hiring employees. However, if you thoroughly understand and anticipate the consequences, you can have your cake and eat it, too. Write your expectations into a well-thought-out contract. Include a dress and conduct code, a distribution of responsibilities, and agree on a unified product line display.

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Rachel Lott has been writing since 1999. She is published in "Composition Studies" and co-authored a technical-writing workbook. Lott has taught freshman composition, technical writing and literature courses. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in English literature from Brigham Young University.