Barber Harp BArber Way to Get It Right with Rent a Chair in Barbershop

Way to Get It Right with Rent a Chair in Barbershop

The chair rental business can be a minefield, but if done right, it can benefit both hairdresser owners and freelancers.

We spoke to the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF), which captured the nettle of the “Rent a Chair” hairdressing salon with a guide on the realities and legalities of this popular hairdressing business model.

Whatever the question, NHBF members have access to an expert who can help them – get the full picture at .

What you need to know? The employees of the hairdressing salon “Rent a Chair” basically run a separate business in their company. You are responsible for your own NI, taxes, insurance, business records, claims procedures, equipment, Products, training, etc. Employers cannot dictate your working hours, your clothes, your Prices, your behaviors, the products you sell or the services you provide.

What do you need to think about before doing it? Employers benefit from this because contracts can offer flexibility and you don’t have to pay NI, holidays, sick pay, maternity or paternity benefits or pension contributions, but you lose control over standards, working hours, price, service and brand.

What you need to have? A lawful and sealed contract between the owner of the store and the tenant of the chair to clearly define the responsibilities, finances and, above all, taxes (the NHBF offers free contracts to members). The contract must also include the duration of the chair rental contract, how the contract can be terminated by both parties, what happens in matter of problems and the deadlines for termination. Be detailed and include everything that is included or excluded.

How should you charge? It is easy to lose money renting chairs if employers do not collect the sums correctly. A mixture of a fixed weekly or monthly rent plus a service fee (license fee) as well as a percentage of the income can work well. To calculate the license fee, divide the rent and store prices by the number of chairs.

To calculate the service fee, add up the cost of the services provided for by the contract, such as telephone, laundry, etc., and divide them equally. Add these two figures together and don’t forget to calculate the VAT. These costs are the fixed costs per week or per month. Additional income is generated from the percentage of each client’s income agreed by the employer.

How to deal with it? The Contract, as well as clear control measures on how the money is taken and paid, as well as a common understanding of VAT and tax debts for both parties will ensure that the Rent a Chair models work properly.

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