Renting a Salon Chair; The Next Chapter in my Career
The downside about working from home is that I never left my house.... Sure I would run errands and such, but I missed getting out of the house to go to work. I missed working with other people in the industry. As my business and my clientele grew, my space really wasn't made for a lot of traffic. I needed to get into a more commercial space. It was time.
I decided that renting a chair would be the way to go. After working for myself for so many years, I knew that working for someone else would be very hard. I also knew that I didn't want the responsibility of owning a salon and having employees. Renting a chair gives you the best of both worlds. You are basically your own boss in salon atmosphere.
I needed to find somewhere around my area, because I knew I needed to stay close. I wanted to stay in Wheaton to keep it convenient for my clientele. I wanted to keep all my clients and I didn't want location to get in the way of that. I narrowed it down to a few places and finally decided on Lotus Salon and Spa Inc. I knew as soon as I walked in the door that this was the right place. It was small, quaint and to me, a home away from home. I was able to meet 2 of the girls I would be working with and they were both awesome. I knew I would get along with them right away.
Renting a chair was no different then what I was used to already. I make my own appointments, I set my own hours and I buy all my own products and equipment. The big major change for me and my clients is the location. It will be a little bit of an adjustment. However I know that they will all enjoy the new place.
I work Weddings On-location over the weekends, so Saturdays and Sundays were out. I decided on a part time chair rental Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I am totally flexible on those days, but now I actually have a set schedule or at least set days. After literally working 7 days a week for years, I am really looking forward to a couple of days off :)
I think renting a chair is a great option for the seasoned stylist. So far I'm loving it and I'm looking forward to this next chapter in my Career :)