I have been in both too. I rented in a nail/tannin salon with 4 other techs and the place was busy. We took walk-ins giving them to whom ever was open. We all answered one mutual # yet each had a phone near our table so we could multi-task. We paid rent weekly, made our own hours, and bought all our own supplies, including towels. We each had a duty for cleaning so there was never one person doing it all. And we each took a turn ringing up the retail.
I worked 3 days and taught the night manicuring class.
Now and for the last 8 years I have been a solo nail tech renting on a hair salon. I work 4 days a week, and I do not stick around if I am not busy. I think the lack of similar interest ( like another nail tech ) and the drive, oh and the economic hit the area took, has me feeling like I need to move on, so I do not put effort into my location anymore. For trying to fill my books with new people. I do love what I do and I love my current long time clientele.
It is very different renting with other nail techs. Its very rewarding and its busier. In my opinion that is. I Just would lock everything up I didn't want used, from my e-file to my polish remover and so there was never an issue of so and so used or took. I would go back to that kind of situation as long as the other renters didn't compare my schedule to their own. I work hours that I can handle and that is all on me. They do what they do, and we are not the same. That was the only problem I recall having. Them talking smack because they thought I should be there the same amount of time as they put in. I just reminded them, I pay my rent, so what does it matter to you? I am here these days and that's that.
I'm the only nail tech in a busy salon, 9 stylists on a busy day, 5 when it's not busy. I can honestly say being the only one is a HUGE benefit to me, but there's been times when I wasn't the only one. I found the other techs' being there didn't hurt as they'd already built their clientel and weren't interested in adding on plus they only worked a few days a week. I work 4 full days a week, off on the weekends and I stay pretty busy.
If I were going to move, I'd want to know if the other techs are staying pretty well booked. That would mean the over flow would come to you.