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The life of an independent or freelance hairstylist can certainly be trying, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with some great benefits. With many commercial, commission-based salons often requiring revenue splits, offering inflexible scheduling, and putting limitations on the amount of freedom stylists have, it’s no wonder why so many are choosing to leave the traditional salon settings and turn to a career as an independent hair stylist.

At Signature Salon Studios, we support independent stylists and beauty professionals by offering luxury salon suite rentals. In this blog, we’ll highlight some of the benefits that come with being an independent hair stylist.


What’s one of the biggest reasons stylists are leaving the traditional salon settings and opting for a career as an independent contractor? Lack of flexibility. As an independent hair stylist, you can work wherever and whenever you want. Whether it’s in your home or a salon suite rental, during the day or at night, independent hair stylists are in control. This level of flexibility is especially valuable for those with other responsibilities. As an independent stylist, you get to set your own hours and price and adjust them whenever you find necessary.

Additionally, you also get to be in control of how many clients you take on. Independent stylists and beauty professionals have the flexibility to work as much or as little as they want while reaping the benefits of more meaningful interactions with their clients.

Complete Ownership of Operations

Traditional salons and beauty parlors often have strict rules and guidelines defined when it comes to wages, upselling products, workplace conduct, and more. Once choosing to become independent, beauty professionals can decide the best way to market their business and services. They decide which clients to take on and which ones they do not. While being in charge of business operations comes with a lot of responsibility, the stress and headache of having to adhere to unfavorable restrictions are eliminated.

Additionally, independent stylists and beauty professionals get to choose the services they offer. Whether a professional wants to be recognized as a hairstylist, skin care specialist, or they want to offer a wide range of services, you will be able to run your business the way you want to.

Low Start-Up Costs

Besides the cost of renting a salon suite and buying the necessary equipment and supplies, there are very little business expenses associated with independent work. Imagine if you were launching your own establishment, you would have to worry about building costs, paying employees, insurance coverage, and many other cost-related anxieties. You may not even have enough money to create an effective marketing budget. But because of the low initial cost, independent beauty professionals can begin earning money right away, many are even likely to at least break even after only a few clients.

More Money

Especially when considering the long-run, the amount of money independent stylists make is likely to be much higher than that of a traditional salon setting. After the expenses, all they have to pay is themselves. Freelancing is just like owning a small business, except as an independent beauty professional, you are able to keep a higher percentage of the profits you make. Although the amount of money made is directly correlated to the number of clients seen on a daily basis, it is typical to make more money per hour spent with them.

When working in a traditional salon environment, generally stylists are confined to a set wage per hour. The earning potential in these settings is far less than as an independent stylist, even after tips.

Lasting Client Relations

Perhaps the most important benefit to being an independent hair stylist is the personal relationships that can be created with clients. Soon, clients will begin trusting their stylist with their look, establishing long-term loyalty. This often will translate into referrals and valuable word-of-mouth marketing that will bring in more clients — something that traditional salon employees cannot get. If you can prove you are a reliable beauty professional, people will start to associate your services with quality. Keep in mind, the more client relationships that are built, the more your services will be in demand, and the more money you will make.

Ultimate Freedom

Once your independent hair styling business takes off, you will have the freedom to start taking on higher-profile clients. This can boost reputation in the industry while simultaneously increasing your earning potential. Furthermore, the freedom that comes with owning your own salon or beauty business cannot be understated. You get to choose your own methods, and build your business the way you want to in order to attain a profit. Do you want to market your services toward a specific demographic? Do you want to be known for being able to achieve a specific look? Becoming an independent hairstylist allows you to experiment with your brand.

The benefits above are just a few of the many reasons hair stylists and beauty professionals are leaving the traditional salon settings and are pursuing a career as an independent beauty contractor. If you want to reap the benefits of an independent stylist, one of the first things you will need to do is find a space to work from.

At Signature Salon Studios, we offer an exclusive collection of independently operated salon suite rentals throughout Arizona for independent hair stylists and beauty professionals. If you are interested in renting a salon suite that will help launch your career as an independent beauty professional, contact our team today!