From finding the right location, to determining the space’s accessibility, there’s a LOT to consider when choosing the right salon suite rental for your beauty business!
Without knowing what questions to ask, it might seem overwhelming; but today we’ve got you covered with 21 questions to help you choose the perfect salon rental space, plus a free worksheet to make the search even easier. Scroll to the bottom to get the worksheet!
For simplicity, we’ll focus on four categories: Location, Safety, Parking, and Accessibility.
For each salon room rental you consider, rate it on a scale from 1 (worst) to 5 (best) in each of the four categories.
Ready to get started? Let’s jump in!
First, let’s talk about location!
When you’re looking for a [salon suite rental], one of the first things to consider is the location.
Obviously you want to choose a location that’s convenient for you and your clients, but here are some other things to consider:
Aside from the salon itself, what do you like about the area?
Does your target demographic live, work, or regularly do business in the area?
Is it a busy area with a lot of foot traffic?
How are other businesses in the area doing?
Are there local businesses with a similar demographic?
Are there local, non-competing businesses you could potentially network or partner with?
Consider each question, then rate the space’s Location score out of 5.
Next, let’s talk about safety.
When you’re looking for a [salon rental space], one of the most important questions to ask is, “Do I feel safe here, and will my clients feel safe here?”
First and foremost, listen to your gut! If your gut is telling you to keep looking, keep looking.
Don’t ignore that gut feeling just because the space looks great on paper.
There are plenty of [salon room rentals] available- many right here on SalonRenter.com– so don’t settle!
Here are some questions to ask when considering the space’s safety:
Do you feel safe in the area? (If you can, drive through the area at different times of day to see how you feel.)
Can anyone access the building, or do you need a key or code to get in?
Is there a security guard on duty during business hours?
Does the building have security cameras?
In case of an emergency, are there multiple ways to exit the building?
Consider each question, then rate the space’s Safety score out of 5.
Next, let’s talk about parking.
I am a firm believer that parking can make or break an experience.
I live near Washington, DC, and there have been countless times when I’ve wanted to do something in the city, but have decided against it because I knew finding parking would be a nightmare.
Like it or not, parking plays a BIG role in your client’s overall experience.
We all love convenience, and if a client loves your service, but struggles to find parking every time she has an appointment, she’s less likely to book as often.
When you’re considering a [salon suite rental], keep your clients in mind, and ask the following questions:
Is it easy to find parking close to the building?
Is parking free or validated?
If parking isn’t free, is it affordable?
Is there handicap and/or expectant mother parking?
Is there a parking garage with direct access to the building?
Consider these factors, then rate the space’s Parking score out of 5.
Last but not least, let’s talk about accessibility.
The accessibility of your salon or beauty room is important to consider for a few reasons.
First of all, you don’t want your clients to get lost trying to find you!
The same way spending too much time looking for parking can take away from your client’s experience, so can spending too much time trying to find your salon suite!
Besides that, accessibility is important to consider if:
You regularly carry large bags and boxes to and from your building
You want to be able to access your beauty room anytime you need it
You service clients with different physical needs and abilities
So before signing the lease on your [salon rental space], ask these questions to determine the space’s accessibility:
Is there a loading/unloading zone?
Can you access the building 24/7, or are there set hours?
Are there accessibility buttons and/or automatic doors?
Are there elevators and/or ramps?
If any of your clients have dwarfism, or use scooters or wheelchairs, do the restrooms have low toilets and sinks? For clients with dwarfism, you’ll also want to consider whether step stools are available.
Consider each question, then rate the space’s Accessibility score out of 5.
There’s a lot that goes into choosing the right [salon room rental] for your beauty business, but by asking these questions, you’ll simplify the process, and make it even more enjoyable!
Download the free worksheet below, and for more tips to help you grow your beauty business, check out this post with six tips to keep your clients coming back. -Lauren D.