A great booth rental salon will offer a clean and safe environment to work in, enough parking for all workers and clients, outside maintenance, a waiting area for clients, a breakroom area, microwave, refrigerator, washer/dryer, salon cleaning supplies, great lighting for after-dark clients, salon advertising at least once a year (individual advertising is your responsibility), and storage space for your items. It must also follow all state board rules/regulations. Optional items would be a telephone with extensions throughout the salon and a receptionist desk — or even better a receptionist. Also I would look for a busy salon. You can build a clientele more quickly and it helps with referrals.
I would ask the owner the hours you can work, whether the salon is available to you 24/7, and if you have your own key. For your financial safety, make sure there is a contract that you both agree to. Other questions are:
> How are gift certificates handled?
> How long have you been in business?
> What is the average length of time each booth renter has been here?
> Am I allowed to talk to others that work here?
> If there is a problem in the salon with the renters, who handles the issue?
> Do you communicate with the renters on a regular basis, for example, at meetings or with newsletters?
I have owned an employee-based salon, been an employee, and am now a booth renter. I love to booth rent. I’ve found the secret for successful booth renting is to find a great salon owner who knows the difference between employees and renters.
— Diana Bonn is a nail tech at Identity Salon in Muncie, Ind., and a member of the Indiana State Board of Cosmetology.