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Working in Commission Nail salon
#1
I am going to graduate in about a month and starting to think of where I want to work after I pass boards and get licensed. Someone told me that it is best to work in a commission nail salon at first to build up your clientele.. I just am not sure how this works..

Do you make your own hours?
Do you make your own prices?
Can you run your own specials?

If anyone has any info, it would be appreciated.. BTW, I am in CA if that matters.
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#2
Do you have to wait until you graduate? I started working in February with a permit & graduated in April, did state board practical in June & licensed 2 weeks later.....
Ask your school- I'm sure they must guide you somewhat?
Some salons do hourly- Good cause you might sit with no clients for hours & others only do commission- start looking around see what salons are offering & see what you need to survive.
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#3
Ca doesnt let you work till you get a license.. I have contacted a few places and all i get is rude people acting like i am stupid because i dont understand how commission goes. Its frustrating!
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#4
In most states, commission is considered an employee. In that situation the answer to all three of your questions would be no in most cases.
For the answer to be yes, you need to do booth rental which isn't always the best thing for someone just getting started. It takes a while to build a clientele, a year or more before you feel steady enough to take the risk of going on your own.

Honestly, I can't understand why the school didn't tell you this. To me, that's part of your education. The snooty girls at the salon have obviously forgotten what it was like when THEY got finished with school and tried to find a job!
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#5
Thanks. I had a feeling that is how it would be but hoping i can find something that fits. I want to do commission after i graduate.
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#6
(09-09-2013, 10:15 PM)Killereyez83 Wrote: Thanks. I had a feeling that is how it would be but hoping i can find something that fits. I want to do commission after i graduate.


best of luck to you!Big Grin

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#7
Commission = employee, so don't expect too much control. New employees, especially those immediately out of school, need training, an investment a salon owner will make in someone who has potential. Make sure that you're compensated the equivalent of minimum wage (at least!) for the number of hours scheduled. As an employee, if your plan is to build a clientele and leave, understand that those clients "belong" to the salon. Of course, if you want complete control, start your own salon or booth rent. It's very risky when inexperienced, but not impossible.
Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D. (yes, it's real)
http://www.precisionnails.com
http://shop.precisionnails.com
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#8
Clients do not "belong" to anyone, they are not animals. While you may not be able to gather contact information about clients at the salon, make sure that they have a way to know where you go should you leave. Make a facebook page and ask your clients to like it and/or give the ones you like your cell number.
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#9
(09-10-2013, 10:58 AM)gelpro Wrote: Clients do not "belong" to anyone, they are not animals. While you may not be able to gather contact information about clients at the salon, make sure that they have a way to know where you go should you leave. Make a facebook page and ask your clients to like it and/or give the ones you like your cell number.


Yes, that's exactly why I put that word in quotes. One group of stylists I worked with had walked out on their previous employer and were sued for stealing client information.
Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D. (yes, it's real)
http://www.precisionnails.com
http://shop.precisionnails.com
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#10
I suppose if a client follows you - that's their choice- a salon can't make them stay! However- great idea about the Facebook page-- I like it!
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#11
In my case I am commission only and only received payment based on the services I perform. I am an employee and my shift is 8 hours BUT I do not get paid for 8 hours. I only get paid if there are clients. I am allowed to leave when there are no clients so its considered my own time however I must be available within 15 if there is a walk in which basically means I am "working" because I don't live 15 mins away...
No, if there are no clients I don't get paid.
NY Licensed Nail + Waxing Tech
Owner/Developer Suite Tee
http://www.Facebook.com/TashawnaH
Instagram: @SuiteTee
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#12
Yeah that's when hourly comes in handy--- those no client times-- I had worked 10-4 and only did a Mani/Pedi - $36 & I get 50% of that :-( not a good day!
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#13
(09-10-2013, 09:45 PM)[email protected] Wrote: Yeah that's when hourly comes in handy--- those no client times-- I had worked 10-4 and only did a Mani/Pedi - $36 & I get 50% of that :-( not a good day!


Yup. Many days with my cost to get in I just think about how I'm in the negative. smh.
NY Licensed Nail + Waxing Tech
Owner/Developer Suite Tee
http://www.Facebook.com/TashawnaH
Instagram: @SuiteTee
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