Whether you are an independent hair stylist or another beauty professional, one of the most important decisions you will make in your career is whether you want to work for an employer on a salary or commission-based structure or rent your own both or salon suite. While all the options are good career paths for well-established professionals and beginners alike, ultimately, the decision will largely depend on your individual circumstances.

If you are unsure which option is best for you, we are here to help make your decision easier.  We decided to put together some of the pros and cons of salon suite rentals, booth rentals, and commission-based structures to help make the decision a little bit easier.


Commission-based beauty professionals work for a salon. Stylists are scheduled to work the way you would in any other career, on certain days and certain times. As far as compensation, commission-based stylists are paid a set salary, along with commission in this setting.

  • (Pro) Your workday ends when you leave the salon.
  • (Pro) Your paycheck is guaranteed
  • (Pro) You get to work with a team of other beauty professionals
  • (Con) You run the risk of working for a bad salon
  • (Con) You have much less freedom.
  • (Con) You have to share your earnings

Booth Rentals

A booth rental can be a great choice for beauty professionals, depending on where they are at in their career, that is. For well-established stylists that have built a large clientele, this option makes sense and can help expand their business. However, it is not the ideal option for those just graduating from school. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of salon booth rentals.

  • (Pro) Set your own rates and hours
  • (Pro) You get to be your own boss
  • (Pro) You get to keep what you earn
  • (Con) You have more responsibility
  • (Con) There are typically more expenses
  • (Con) You don’t get the reputation of larger salons
  • (Con) You don’t get the training, marketing, support and benefits of working for an employer

Salon Suite Rental

Similar to booth rentals, salon suite rentals are individually rentable salon areas that stylists and beauty professionals can use to work on their client, but in their own personal, spacious, and comfortable salon suite. These spaces allow individual stylists and beauty professionals to own their own salon without all the risks, expenses, and overhead that comes with traditional salon environments. With salon studio rentals, you have the luxury of working whenever you want, plus a host of other benefits.

  • (Pro) You make your own schedule
  • (Pro) You are likely to make more money
  • (Pro) You get to choose the retail you sell
  • (Pro) Your space is pre-equipped with all the essentials you need
  • (Pro) You get to personalize your space

  • (Con) You have more responsibility
  • (Con) There are typically more expenses

Choosing between commission or a booth or salon suite rental is a personal decision that requires beauty professionals to acknowledge not only their professional goals, but where they are right now. Of course, for well-established stylists and professionals, a salon suite rental offers the best benefits and typically the highest returns.  

Find Quality Salon Suite Rentals in Texas!

We hope that we made it a bit easier on you when it comes to comparing the different options you have as an independent beauty professional. If you decide that salon suite rentals are the way to go, Mattison Avenue Salon Suites & Spa has a variety of available spacious and affordable salon suites for rent. To learn more information about our salon suite rentals, contact us today!