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N ot a m e m b e r ? J o i n at a s so c iate d h a i rp rofe s sio n a ls .c o m 53 CONS • Business licensing: You will need your business name and license, sales tax license, and salon insurance. • Product inventory: If you want to sell salon products (and of course you do), you will need to pay sales tax and buy the inventory for your salon. • Salon suite cleanliness: You will have to take the time to do your own laundry and clean your own suite. Many salon suites are stellar in the public areas, but you're on your own in your salon suite. • Crazy clients: You are utterly alone if you get a crazy client. They can say or do whatever they like, and you won't have another stylist or manager to step in. • A true commitment: Once you move to a salon suite, it is hard to go back. The online presence you build (and your business name) cannot be used inside a booth or chair rental salon, so be sure you are in it to win it. Otherwise, your business marketing while in the suite may be wasted. QUESTIONS TO ANSWER There are a few pros and cons when considering rental options, but it's important to weigh your options, find your ideal place, and stick with it. Here are some questions to ask yourself while making your rental decision: • Do you enjoy listening to the music of your choice while working behind the chair? • Do you find you like uninterrupted one-on-one time with your clients? • Do you feel like you can complete a complicated cut or corrective color on your own? • Can you handle a needy or unhappy client on your own and offer good customer service? • Are you able to make your own appointments, sell products, and clean up after yourself? If you answered yes to all of these questions, a salon suite may be a perfect fit. If you had mixed answers, consider questions you answered no to, and find the sweet spot that works best for you. If you answered primarily no, then a booth or chair rental is best for you at this time. But don't make a drastic decision. Take the time to really think about what option is best for you. JOSE ALJOVIN/UNSPLASH There are a few pros and cons when considering rental options, but it's important to find your ideal place and stick with it.

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