Starting Your Career

Know Your Compensation Options

Believe it or not, some techs graduate from nail school and immediately open up their own salon. Most, however, wait to get some experience first. If you’re not ready for salon ownership, you can get to work as either an employee or a booth renter. Read on to learn the differences between these types of techs.

Which Job Description is Right For You?

A Salon Owner:
• Leases or owns the salon property
• May hire employees, rent out booths, or work solo
• May provide equipment and supplies for employees
• Has discretion over salon decor, marketing, hours of operation, retail lines
• May provide benefits for employees

An Employee:
• Receives a salary and/or commission (plus tips)
• Can be required to work certain hours, follow certain procedures, adhere to a dress code
• May receive training, performance goals, and evaluations from the salon owner
• Has payroll taxes withheld from her paycheck
• May receive benefits like vacation and health insurance

You might prefer to be an employee if you enjoy the following: Being part of a team; Receiving training and feedback; Relying on a salon owner to help build your  business, and Bearing less financial responsibility.

A Booth Renter:
• Pays a fee (rent) to lease a space in a salon
• Sets her own prices and collects money directly from
her clients
• Determines her own service offerings
• Pays for her own supplies
• Pays her own taxes and insurance
• Does not receive any benefits

You might prefer to be a booth renter if you enjoy the following: Being your own boss and making decisions independently, Wearing many hats, Having the challenge of building a clientele.

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