Where to advertise my chairs/spaces to rent?

SalonGeek

Help Support SalonGeek:

FreyaHoward

New Member
Joined
Jul 9, 2020
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
Craven Arms
Hi everyone!

I’m a healthcare professional who’s has recently set up my own business doing medical aesthetics (Botox, fillers, skin care etc). I’ve got the opportunity to take on a lease of an established hair and beauty salon near me. Due to covid, the salon has remained empty and unleased for the past few months. It has a nail bar, beauty rooms x2 and 5 hairdressing chairs.

Now, the issue for me is finding self employed hairdressers and beauty therapists who want to rent a chair or room from me on a daily or weekly basis. As the salon has been closed, I don’t have contact details for the previous people who rented spaces here. While I’ve looked at the published accounts of the previous business and they did very well, it’s important to note we are in a rural location so I doubt I will be over run by people keen to take on the space.

Running a salon would be a complete career change for me and I would absolutely love to take the opportunity as it would benefit my own aesthetics business, but I want to go into this with my eyes open and not end up taking the lease and having no hairdressers or beauty therapists to work with! I’d be really grateful for any advice on how to attract these people to work with me and where to advertise etc.

thank you!
 

Ruby S

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 17, 2016
Messages
201
Reaction score
197
Location
Oxfordshire
Hi! Good luck on your new venture. I know this wasn’t necessarily your original question but I wanted to offer advice on something that I think would’ve helped me ALOT when I opened my first salon.... I found a space with space for 3 hairdressers and a nail technician to work alongside my beauty room. It was an expensive space but I knew with 2 or 3 hairdressers in there, at least one working full time that I would definitely afford the rent! I spent a couple of months and nearly £10,000 renovating the place buying everything the renters would need to work in a high end, comfortable salon. I advertised for months on gumtree, Facebook, job centre, word of mouth (like yourself, I didn’t know where to advertise for professional, experienced staff) but had no interest. Eventually my friend who was just ending maternity leave said that she would do a day or two a week for me... I was so grateful that I didn’t get a contract drawn up or anything, it was just good to have someone in the chair. However, with no contract I had no control of things when they started to go wrong. She would decide she wasn’t working one day (which is fine being self employed) but she also decided that she didn’t have to pay. She also never helped with tidying or cleaning up after herself! I walked into her side of the room after a busy Saturday (she had already left) and I actually cried because my beautiful salon had been abandoned like it had been robbed! She hadn’t even swept up?! There were colour stains on the basin etc. Simple things that I thought were obvious to professionals, but I know now that they aren’t! She went on maternity leave again and another stylist answered my gumtree advert, but refused to commit to paying a set fee as he knew he’d have to pay when he wasn’t there. Again, I just needed a stylist so agreed to a percentage but by then he knew he called the shots! There were times when his clients had turned up before him or he came in so hungover that I could smell him. It was awful! Before I decided to move he was committing to one day a month!! That’s all the area was being used! I am older and wiser now and would definitely do things so differently if I ever took on renters again... I decided to move to a lovely much smaller place with room for just myself a couple of years ago and the weight lifted was immense!! So my advice to you is wherever you look for renters or staff, make sure they care as much as you do, they are excellent at their jobs and get official contracts drawn up that you are both happy with! My mistake was getting desperate and just letting my guard down. This is your baby and you’re in charge!!! Good luck
 

FreyaHoward

New Member
Joined
Jul 9, 2020
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
Craven Arms
Hi! Good luck on your new venture. I know this wasn’t necessarily your original question but I wanted to offer advice on something that I think would’ve helped me ALOT when I opened my first salon.... I found a space with space for 3 hairdressers and a nail technician to work alongside my beauty room. It was an expensive space but I knew with 2 or 3 hairdressers in there, at least one working full time that I would definitely afford the rent! I spent a couple of months and nearly £10,000 renovating the place buying everything the renters would need to work in a high end, comfortable salon. I advertised for months on gumtree, Facebook, job centre, word of mouth (like yourself, I didn’t know where to advertise for professional, experienced staff) but had no interest. Eventually my friend who was just ending maternity leave said that she would do a day or two a week for me... I was so grateful that I didn’t get a contract drawn up or anything, it was just good to have someone in the chair. However, with no contract I had no control of things when they started to go wrong. She would decide she wasn’t working one day (which is fine being self employed) but she also decided that she didn’t have to pay. She also never helped with tidying or cleaning up after herself! I walked into her side of the room after a busy Saturday (she had already left) and I actually cried because my beautiful salon had been abandoned like it had been robbed! She hadn’t even swept up?! There were colour stains on the basin etc. Simple things that I thought were obvious to professionals, but I know now that they aren’t! She went on maternity leave again and another stylist answered my gumtree advert, but refused to commit to paying a set fee as he knew he’d have to pay when he wasn’t there. Again, I just needed a stylist so agreed to a percentage but by then he knew he called the shots! There were times when his clients had turned up before him or he came in so hungover that I could smell him. It was awful! Before I decided to move he was committing to one day a month!! That’s all the area was being used! I am older and wiser now and would definitely do things so differently if I ever took on renters again... I decided to move to a lovely much smaller place with room for just myself a couple of years ago and the weight lifted was immense!! So my advice to you is wherever you look for renters or staff, make sure they care as much as you do, they are excellent at their jobs and get official contracts drawn up that you are both happy with! My mistake was getting desperate and just letting my guard down. This is your baby and you’re in charge!!! Good luck
Thanks so much for your reply! Good advice, and definitely something to think about. I would only be there on certain days as I also work in the NHS, so would need the renters to be self managing and, as you say, take pride in the salon and their customer service. I’ve had a look at a few draft contracts so will make sure things like that are covered!
 

Sequins4

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 14, 2014
Messages
62
Reaction score
17
Location
Cardiff
Were also looking for rent a chair stylists, it's so hard to know where to.look, we have had one response from.our gumtree ad, nothing from.facebook yet though.....it's a bit disheartening!
We have signed up to nhbf and they do proper contracts for chair renters... That might be something to look at?
Good luck, if you know anyone.in the south Wales area looking for rent a.chair send them my way!
 

Sara K

New Member
Joined
Jul 28, 2020
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
Location
London
Hi Freya, I've used hair2beautyjobsource and found employees through them.

They also have rent a chair and beauty room categories to put your job advert in. I hope this helps!
 

TheOracle

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 22, 2020
Messages
74
Reaction score
39
Location
London
I feel this may be an opportune moment for many people to become renters- my beauty therapist is giving up her salon as it just doesn't pay enough to make up for the stress of having to have other people in on reception, or using excess product etc.

Have you tried telling any local wholesalers that you'll have space available? Or if you have a college near you that does refresher courses for return to workers, or even college staff?
Have a wander round your local area to check if any salons have closed, and put a note through the door, call a number, message them on SM.

I would so agree with Ruby S though- if you want this to be a reflection of you and your values, pick your renters carefully.
And, if there aren't enough quality people around, then consider this isnt the opportunity for you.
Very best of luck.
 

Beautypea

Member
Joined
Jun 22, 2019
Messages
15
Reaction score
5
Location
Derby
Could you not post on here? Mentioning your area and what your looking for, other than that the other suggestions seem great. You’re not based in Derby are you? I’m looking for a room to rent.
 

Latest posts

Top