Chair Renting – Taking a Cut of the ActionBy Christopher Bartlett Google +
If you’re thinking of buying a hair salon or if you already own one, renting out one or more of your chairs could be a nice earner. Call Christopher Bartlett today for legal advice on hair salon chair renting.
Take a seat. Have a coffee. Flick through some magazines. And afterwards, sweep in your cut of the profits earned from other hairdressers’ hard work. Why get your hands dirty cutting hair when you can rent out some chairs and receive an income? This is what chair rental arrangements are about and it’s something any hair salon owner should give serious thought to.
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Why Rent Out A Chair?
The key question to ask yourself is, “Is renting a chair more profitable than doing the job myself?” There’s no straight answer to that question. If you have zero clients walking through the door, of course it’s better to rent out 4 chairs at £100 per week each than earn nothing at all. On the other hand, if you have a premium salon charging £70 or more per cut and there’s no shortage of customers walking through your door you may need your head examining before renting out your chairs for even £1,000 a week. Not surprisingly there’s a fuzzy area in between these extremes where some hair salon owners find it profitable to start renting one or more of their chairs.
Why Have a Chair Rental Agreement?
As you’d expect, a lot depends on the market. You need to do some research into how many hairdressers there are in your area looking for chairs to rent and what the going rate is. If it’s a busy market you may be able to negotiate some lucrative terms. If your business plan is to buy a salon in order to rent chairs then it will be crucial to research the market before buying.
Often it’s the personal circumstances and preferences of the salon owner that will dictate whether or not he chooses to rent chairs. I’ve found that my clients generally start renting out chairs for one of three reasons:
1. The easy life – slackers out there (you know who you are!) who like the idea of doing less work and still receiving an income are often interested. Some make very good money, too.
2. Too busy – there are others who are simply too busy to be able to run a full salon. They might even have a full time job doing something completely different and need to find a way to keep the business going.
3. Making ends meet – those starting out in the hair dressing business will not necessarily have a large client base or much money. Therefore, to make ends meet in those early days, salon owners may rent some chairs to at least guarantee a fixed income to pay the bills. Conversely, existing salon owners may rent chairs out if they face a drop in business and need to find a way to keep paying those overheads.
In short, you need to work out the best rent you’re likely to make renting a chair and compare that to the profits that chair could bring you in the normal course of business. If renting the chair is going to free up your time, you need to take into account how valuable that extra time is to you and factor that into the equation too.
Keep in mind that, ultimately, renting a chair is a very different business from running a salon. It’s more akin to being a landlord. Whether you’re happy in that role really is a personal decision.
Whatever reason you have for renting out a chair and however much you stand to gain, you must make sure that you have a proper chair rental agreement in place. Otherwise, you could quickly find yourself with a heap of trouble that, unlike hair on the salon floor, can’t easily be swept away.
Christopher Bartlett is a solicitor expert at drawing up salon chair rental leases. Call Chris to find out how a solicitor can help with hairdresser chair rental. If you are thinking of using a chair rental agreement template call Chris for advice.
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