In the beauty salon industry, one of the most common arrangements between professionals and salons is the booth rental agreement. With this approach, stylists and professionals pay the owner of a salon a certain amount of money for rent. This strategy can benefit both the stylist and the salon owner.

Booth Rental

The stylist or professional pays the owner of the salon a certain amount of money per month or week for renting a booth. Part of this rent goes toward paying all of the maintenance costs and utilities for the building as well as advertising for the salon. The salon owner also gets to keep a percentage of the money as profit. The stylist then gets to keep all of the money that she generates.

Independent Contractor

When you are a stylist or professional, this arrangement provides you with a certain amount of flexibility. When you rent a booth, you are not an employee, but an independent contractor. You are essentially a business owner within a business. If you need the day off, you can take off. You can develop your own clientele and you will not have to share with other stylists in the building. This allows you to have more control over your work schedule.


One of the advantages for both parties is that the accounting is simpler. When you work with this type of arrangement, you do not have to keep track of what percentage of each payment goes to each party. You keep all of the money that you collect as a booth owner. The owner of the salon does not have to worry about being shortchanged, because she is collecting rent from the booth owner.


A booth rental agreement can lead to some confusion. For example, when a customer is upset, she will ask to talk to the business owner. In this situation, there is no employer and employee relationship. Instead, it is more of a landlord and tenant relationship. This can lead to some awkward conversations between customers, booth renters and the salon owner. It can also be difficult to make sure that all of the booth renters work together to make the salon work, even though they are not fellow employees.