Professional Beauty Association's News Blog https://probeauty.org/blog Industry News From PBA Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:28:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 PBA Member and State Captain, Lynn Glaze, Delivers POwerful PBA Advocacy and Membership Message https://probeauty.org/blog/i-am-member-and-pba-state-captain-lynne-glaze-delivers-powerful-message-and-educates-public/ https://probeauty.org/blog/i-am-member-and-pba-state-captain-lynne-glaze-delivers-powerful-message-and-educates-public/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:39:06 +0000 https://probeauty.org/blog/?p=6584 lynnThe Professional Beauty Association (PBA) Government Affairs (GA) team works tirelessly to advocate for the rights of industry members. Aside from tracking, introducing, and responding to legislation at both state and federal levels of government, the GA team is responsible for the I Am A Professional. I Am Licensed movement, and the State Captain Program.

Through each of these programs, industry members are given the unique opportunity to get up close and center with government officials and fellow industry members in order to ensure the industry is protected. PBA and the GA team are proud to recognize a few stand-out professionals who go above and beyond their duty to ensure their message gets across and makes an impact on the industry. PBA had a chance to talk to Lynn Glaze, an individual who is committed to improving the industry, about the MasterPeace Retreat, an event she recently held.

Tell us a little about your event, and why you wanted to include PBA Membership and the I Am campaign as part of the program?

The MasterPeace brand of MasterPeace Consulting Group and MasterPeace live software foundation is called Empowered Guidance (R), and we focus on helping owners, managers and any service providers in a salon be the best they can be. We encourage salon professionals by asking questions that trigger a positive outcome and empower the provider and guest to get on the same page. PBA Membership is an important tool in bridging the gap between being just another member of the beauty industry to a true, well-rounded professional. PBA Advocacy helps our entire industry be informed. It is “empowered guidance” from a legislative standpoint. We were able to deliver the information to the attendees and get them excited about getting involved in a professional organization that helps protect our industry.

What was the feedback you received from attendees when discussing the I Am a Professional. I Am Licensed. Campaign?

Many salon owners and managers who attended the MasterPeace Retreat were not aware just how serious the threat of deregulation is, or  the effect deregulation can have on cosmetology schools and the cosmetology board. They were excited about getting involved in the I Am Campaign, and look forward to learning more about PBA and current and future projects.

Do you have any suggestions for other PBA State Captains who may want to include PBA Advocacy as part of their programs?

If other State Captains want to promote PBA Membership or Advocacy, I would highly encourage them to involve PBA and ensure they know what the association has to offer. Bridget Sharpe, PBA’s Manager of Government Affairs, and Carissa Hocevar, PBA’s Manager of Membership and Association Programs, and their team did such a fantastic job of getting me the materials I needed in a very timely manner. The quality and quantity of the materials that my team and I received was amazing and so much more than what we expected. I look forward to collaborating in the future and advocating on behalf of PBA and the entire beauty industry.

GET INVOLVED IN THE STATE CAPTAIN PROGRAM

PBA State Captains have gone above and beyond to help get the word out to their networks regarding legislation. To view a list of current State Captains, visit probeauty.org/statecaptains. If you are interested in representing the industry in your state, become a State Captain by contacting Bridget Sharpe at bridget@probeauty.org.

About PBA Government Advocacy

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) advocates for the rights of every member and is dedicated to tracking, introducing and responding to legislation at both the state and federal levels with potential to affect the beauty industry. Along with our Government Advocacy program, PBA provides our members with Education, Signature Events, Charitable Outreach, Research and Business Resources. To learn more about PBA’s Government Advocacy, visit probeauty.org/advocacy.

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Are Salon Suites Marketing to You? Is the Grass Really Greener on the Other Side? https://probeauty.org/blog/are-salon-suites-marketing-to-you-is-the-grass-really-greener-on-the-other-side/ https://probeauty.org/blog/are-salon-suites-marketing-to-you-is-the-grass-really-greener-on-the-other-side/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:28:14 +0000 https://probeauty.org/blog/?p=6582 By Myra Irizarry, PBA Director of Government Affairs

Becoming an independent contractor is a valid career option and there are many successful independent contractors who take pride in operating a professional, compliant business. Most importantly, they are not disillusioned about the financial gain or the amount of work and the number of clients they must maintain to make a clear profit.

Some licensed beauty professionals explain that their current employee-based salon environment does not offer enough of a financial gain to stay: they do not offer enough benefits, such as continuing education training or mentorship, or a strong opportunity to grow a consistent clientele. The risk of leaving to become an independent contractor seems low. So it is not a surprise that licensed professionals are being targeted by misleading advertisements that portray a “Grass is Greener” mirage of life as an independent contractor.

These marketing techniques are targeting stylists with the lure of easily making more money while working with a smaller number of clients in an independent contractor salon suite rental setting. The problem is these advertisements fail to provide key relevant information, including failing to explain processes for tax withholding, tip income and mandatory health insurance costs, as well as other costs, which does not support the professionalism or integrity of licensed beauty professionals.

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS

Many licensed beauty professionals express the potential for financial gain as their number one motivation to leave an employee-based salon environment. For example, if a stylist believes he or she brings in $100,000 a year to a salon but only takes home less than half of that, they feel the opportunity for financial gain is worth the transition to work as an independent contractor. What may not be fully understood, or has even been vetted, is the compensation associated with running an employment-based salon versus the income of an independent contractor. There are numerous existing factors to consider in addition to direct income.

OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER. ARE YOU REALLY AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR?

An independent contractor can operate in different environments, in addition to a salon suite rental.  There are factors outlined by the IRS to help determine if you are truly independent. A few factors include:

  • A key to your own establishment
  • Setting your own hours
  • Purchasing your own products
  • Paying your own state, local and federal taxes
  • Establishing your own business name
  • Determining your own pricing for services
  • Incurring all business expenses, of which you may be able to deduct certain business expenses
  • Fully reporting your income (including tips)
  • Having your own telephone number and line

Fulfilling obligations as an independent contractor means you will operate your business as a serious, professional business owner. You must abide by all the legal local, state, and federal tax laws, report all income (including tips) and maintain the appropriate licenses, as well as personal liability insurance for your independent business. Visit probeauty.org/irs for a complete list of tax resources.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE, WHAT WILL YOU LOSE, AND WHAT CAN YOU GAIN?

W-2 Salon Employees Commonly Receive:

  1. Unemployment benefits and worker’s compensation
  2. Short-term disability, health, dental and vision insurance
  3. Personal liability coverage through the salon
  4. Mentorship, training, continued education
  5. Access to brand-name, high-end professional and retail products
  6. Retail commission
  7. Profit sharing
  8. Staff managed payment processing and appointment scheduling
  9. Employer shared cost of employee tax responsibilities
  10. Bonus pay
  11. Housekeeping (towels, capes, materials) and supply orders
  12. Consistent client base and opportunity for walk-ins or front desk referrals
  13. Maintenance of salon, including utility expenses
  14. Consistency and reliability

A successful licensed independent contractor:

  1. Reports and pays product retail sales tax
  2. Reports all income, including tips, and pays local, state, federal taxes (quarterly tax payments)
  3. Obtains personal liability insurance to protect yourself from being held financially responsible for injuries that may occur at your business
  4. Successfully retains clients
  5. Maintains appropriate healthcare insurance coverage as required by the Affordable Care Act
  6. Manages client scheduling and payment processing
  7. Develops and manages self-marketing
  8. Purchases and maintains adequate products, materials, and tools
  9. Seeks out continuing education and stays on top of current market trends

IF YOU LEAVE, WILL THEY COME?

The number one fear of a stylist considering a transition to a suite/booth rental opportunity is the ability to build a new client base and maintain their client numbers. Although salon rental ads targeting stylists may include messaging such as “you only need to retain 60% of your clients…,” stylists know this is not quite that simple. Are you a stylist that signed an employment agreement, or non-compete agreement provided to you by your current employer? If you are, then you know taking your clients with you is not an option.

So how will you maintain and build clientele from inside a salon suite? The appeal of becoming an independent contractor can be very progress_sept_diversionalluring, but it is important to plan ahead on how you will build the level of clientele needed to exceed your current earnings.

There are successful independent contractors that have correctly managed to build clientele, correctly operate their business, and meet the legal tax and reporting obligations required by law. If you decide that this is the path for you, know the facts and have a concrete plan of action. Familiarize yourself with the appropriate forms you will need to establish your business, a business name, quarterly tax payments, specific licenses, and other business obligations before you make your transition.

Most importantly, understand that like any major career move, taking the leap to becoming an independent contractor has many risks and benefits. If you do decide that stepping out on your own is what you want to do, be prepared and take an honest realistic inventory of what it will truly take to be successful as an independent contractor. For more information, visit probeauty.org/contractors.

About the Author

Myra Irizarry is the Director of Government Affair for the Professional Beauty Association (PBA). PBA advances the professional beauty industry by providing our members with education, charitable outreach, government advocacy, events and more. PBA is the largest organization of salon professionals with members representing salons and spas, distributors, manufacturers and beauty professionals/NCA. Visit probeauty.org or call 800.468.2274 (480.281.0424) for more information.

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New, cutting-edge curriculum gives students online advantage https://probeauty.org/blog/new-cutting-edge-curriculum-gives-students-online-advantage/ https://probeauty.org/blog/new-cutting-edge-curriculum-gives-students-online-advantage/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:33:21 +0000 https://probeauty.org/blog/?p=6574 For new curriculum shows videos on all the devices-whiteYorba Linda, CA (November, 2014) Nuts and Bolts Training, leading provider of business education programs for cosmetology professionals, has completely rewritten its curriculum to recognize the changing needs of young people growing up in a multimedia world.

The new Cornerstone series incorporates the latest research in effective teaching methods, adapting all materials for online learning; introducing video and multimedia support to provide up-to-the-minute information about critical applied business skills students need to build a successful career.

Recognizing that today’s new professionals need an ever-widening range of skillsets, the series includes a segment taking students through the finer points of financial literacy and develops their interview and job search skills. It also includes a ‘how to succeed in the job’ checklist covering the first 90 days of employment.

The latest wave of students at Nuts & Bolts-affiliated schools, who have grown up as digital natives living much of their lives online, can now access the same in-depth learning materials Nuts and Bolts has always specialized in, but in a format that more closely reflects the way they interact with the world in all other areas of their lives, on a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

The fresh materials include a set of video interviews with successful professionals, who speak about the importance of applied business skills in developing a rewarding and long-lasting career.

Finally, Nuts and Bolts’ revamped support materials include an array of PowerPoint lesson plans, activities and practice quizzes that beauty school instructors can utilize in the classroom.

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Rich Hansberger

Nuts and Bolts VP, Curriculum & Business Development, Rich Hansberger said: ‘It’s not enough these days to be a great stylist or therapist – you also need to know what it takes to be successful in business. Our new curriculum brings in changes that give graduates the essential knowledge they need to succeed at all levels, and delivers it in a format that is far more user-friendly for students who are used to learning and accessing information on a screen.’

www.nabtraining.com

About Nuts and Bolts Training Company

Nuts and Bolts Training Company is the leading provider of business development programs for the health and beauty industry. The programs, designed for students and professionals, are fast becoming the industry’s standard. Nuts and Bolts currently works with more than 70 of North America’s premier beauty schools, and 40 elite salons are employing its pioneering training programs. Nuts and Bolts was pivotal in helping to design and introduce the Sassoon Academy School Connection program in 2008 and is a proud partner of Sassoon Academy worldwide.

 

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I AM A PROFESSIONAL. I AM LICENSED. INTERVIEW SERIES: Sharon Clohesy https://probeauty.org/blog/i-am-a-professional-i-am-licensed-interview-series-sharon-clohesy/ https://probeauty.org/blog/i-am-a-professional-i-am-licensed-interview-series-sharon-clohesy/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:23:59 +0000 https://probeauty.org/blog/?p=6565 sharon_clohesyThe I Am A Professional. I Am Licensed.™ Movement was started by The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) in order to shed more light on the issue of deregulation and the importance of maintaining the integrity of a licensed industry. Throughout the year, we’ve shared interviews from individuals across the country who truly value their profession and careers. They’ve given a voice to the industry through the I Am campaign and have reached thousands of fellow industry members, as well as as potential clients and the public- those who would be affected the most by the threat of deregulation.

The I Am Campaign is giving 2014 a great send-off with Sharon Clohesy, a licensed stylist from Massachusetts. Sharon has been working tirelessly to help make a difference in the beauty industry. She is committed to help streamline regulations to allow cosmetologists to provide Low Level Laser service to clients experiencing hair loss. Recently, Sharon was on the agenda to meet with the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetologists to express her concerns about the inability of licensed cosmetologists to perform the Low Level Laser service in existing salon establishments, while Intense Pulsated Light (IPL) was allowed to be performed under those circumstances. PBA Manager of Government Affairs, Bridget Sharpe, has been working closely with Sharon in order to provide support on behalf of PBA and the rest of the professional beauty industry. PBA was excited to support and encourage a beauty industry professional who is taking a proactive approach to compliance while not creating unnecessary regulations and giving Massachusetts salon owners the opportunity to provide additional services and bring in additional revenue.

We reached out to Sharon for this month’s I Am A Professional. I Am Licensed.™ Interview series and she shared her thoughts on working with PBA, her views on the industry, and her thoughts on the I Am campaign. She says, “It has been a pleasure speaking with Bridget. It’s great to know, and truly appreciated to have someone like her representing the industry. When I first contacted the advocacy department at PBA I had no idea what to expect, except that I was hoping to make a difference in the industry for the profession of cosmetology and for the rights of the general public. With Bridget’s help I was able to learn what necessary steps I needed to take in order to get closer to achieving my goal. The information and support that I have received has made me proud to be a member of PBA, and proud to know as a professional in a big industry, we can still have a voice. Since the start of my journey in August and after contacting Bridget in September I was invited to speak at the cosmetology board meeting on November 18 to express my thoughts on regulating a service that is currently unregulated in Massachusetts. Following that meeting I have been invited back to appear in front of the cosmetology board during the December meeting. I will then present information to identify what training I believe is necessary in order for a cosmetologist to provide Low Level Laser Service in a salon environment. I believe I may have a few more steps to go, but I hope the end result will be expansion of our professional services in cosmetology.”

Why is it important to be licensed as a professional?

It is important to become a licensed professional to maintain a level of standards. Obtaining a professional license is an accomplishment that is earned and represents a level of skills and training that has been completed. Becoming licensed is an important regulation not only for the professional but for the general public. When you choose to practice a specific skill and will be offering a service to clients, it is important to show that they are receiving these services from someone that has taken his / her studies seriously. Yes, cosmetology is an art, becoming a licensed cosmetologist is bringing the art and science together for the benefit of all.

What would the industry look like if licenses were taken away?

If the industry was to become unregulated it would be crazy! It would be unsafe and be a disservice to the public. There would be no credibility or accountability and the industry would not be respected as it should. It is important to maintain licensure, professionalism, and standards of practice.

Why do you think it’s important for your clients to know you are licensed (and proud to be)?

It is important for my clients to know that I am licensed because it shows that I am a professional and that I take my career and client services seriously. Being licensed is more than just learning how to cut and color hair, it is also an understanding of the importance of safety when servicing our clients. It is more than just a license in cosmetology, but a license to drive our career as a true professional!

What is your favorite thing about working in the beauty industry?

Choosing my favorite aspect of the industry is difficult. The great thing about the industry is that there are so many ways to make a difference. There are many roads to travel and always more to learn. We as stylists make a difference everyday in the lives of each client who sits in our chair. As an instructor, we make a difference in the lives of the students we help. The knowledge we share with each of them will follow them throughout their career. Becoming a Demonstrator was important to me, because it displays the act of working as a team within the industry. I share my knowledge with fellow industry members and we work and grow as professionals.

Thank you, Sharon! PBA is honored to have you as a PBA member, PBA State Captain, and I Am Movement member! We commend you for your drive and dedication to our great industry. For more information on the I Am a Professional. I Am Licensed Movement™, please visit probeauty.org/iam. If you’re an existing movement member and you’d like your story featured in the PBA Blog, click here.

You’ve worked hard for your career, obtained your license, and joined the movement–now spread the word! Educate your clients, friends, and encourage fellow licensed stylists to join. Follow the official I Am a Professional. I Am Licensed.™ Instagram account for news and featured photos from fellow members. PBA knows that as a professional, you take pride in your work space. As a member of the movement, your window cling is prominently displayed in your work space, and we’d love to see it. Post it to Instagram and using the hashtag #IAMLICENSED and we’ll feature your image on our feed! Also, be sure to like The Professional Beauty Association on Facebook and stay up to date on all I Am Movement and industry happenings.

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NEW WEBINAR AVAILABLE ON DEMAND: SELLING INTERNATIONALLY, EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS WITH AN EXPERT https://probeauty.org/blog/new-webinar-available-on-demand-selling-internationally-explore-your-options-with-an-expert/ https://probeauty.org/blog/new-webinar-available-on-demand-selling-internationally-explore-your-options-with-an-expert/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:31:18 +0000 https://probeauty.org/blog/?p=6559 Expanding your company’s sales internationally requires thorough preparation and careful consideration. The Professional Beauty Association has partnered with Tony Michalski, Senior International Trade Specialist for the US Department of Commerce to deliver the broad aspects of exporting. This 30 minute web event is designed for manufacturers and product developers who want to explore the benefits and considerations of entering international markets.

This Webinar addresses the following related topics:

- Primary benefits of exporting 
- Trends, market research and international opportunities 
- Market entry and expansion 
- Identifying and facilitating meetings with potential partners 
- Programs and services available to support international trade 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH ON DEMAND NOW!

About PBA Education
The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) develops and offers progressive, relevant and quality education for our members. Our live and online education and resources meet the needs of today’s busy professional and cover a range of topics. Along with our Education program, PBA provides our members with Government Advocacy, Signature Events, Charitable Outreach, Research and Business Resources. Visit probeauty.org for more information.

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FAR BOTANICALS® INNOVATES UNIQUE PERFUME OIL THAT ALSO REPAIRS DRY HAIR https://probeauty.org/blog/far-botanicals-innovates-unique-perfume-oil-that-also-repairs-dry-hair/ https://probeauty.org/blog/far-botanicals-innovates-unique-perfume-oil-that-also-repairs-dry-hair/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:56:27 +0000 https://probeauty.org/blog/?p=6557 Sustainable hair care brand launches Verde Oil Supreme, a moisturizing hair serum that performs more than one function and avoids Argan oil and silicones.

Richmond Hts, OH, United States November 25 2014 — FAR Botanicals® has created a natural hair serum that can also double as a luxury perfume oil for hair. Following its signature method of relying on a proprietary blend of essential fatty-acid rich ingredients, FAR Botaniclas’ new Verde Oil Supreme is a waterless, 100% silicone-free hair conditioning serum that can be transformed with the selection of a custom artisan scent. Choosing from two available fragrance collections: Terra Antiqua (100% natural fragrances) and Art Neuvo (natural fragrances blended with fine aroma molecules) women and men now have the option to add another dimension to their hair care ritual while also improving the condition of their hair.

Fragrance options for Verde Oil Supreme  include: Low Scent which is the serum oil with no fragrance added, scents within the Terra Antiqua collection – Vanilla Narcotique, Cocoa & Rum and Lavender Absolute, and scents within the Art Neuvo collection – Rose Rapture, Temple Hymn and Lilikoi. Detailed descriptions of each of these fragrances can be found at www.farbotanicals.com/serum-oil-scents/.

Bucking a hot beauty trend, the company has chosen not to use Argan oil in any of its products. “As a guiding principle, we avoid depending on ingredients which are endangered or threatened by over consumption,” says Sequoia Brown, the company founder. “Argan oil is very popular at the moment, but the trees are endangered and in decline and lots of manufacturers are vying for this finite resource. There are botanical oils available in greater supply that work as well and even better so we focus on using these.”

Another problem that Sequoia says is avoided by using more sustainable ingredients is the temptation to include only a fraction of the material in a formula. “Using extremely rare ingredients inevitably leads to adulterated products entering the market.  It’s not by accident that many commercial Argan hair and skin oils are diluted with silicone or mineral oil.”

With a focus on health and sustainability above all, FAR Botanicals concentrates on other aspects of product design only after a formula’s ability to treat and reverse dry hair using responsibly sourced ingredients has been met. Suggested retail price for Verde Oil Supreme is $44 for Low Scent and $50 for all custom fragrances. One bottle contains enough serum to last up to 6 months. The product comes in hand-finished frosted amber and gold bottles packaged in engraved balsa wood boxes. Balsa is a quick growing, easily cultivated crop tree meeting FAR Botanicals’ sustainability standards.

Contact: FAR Botanicals

email: press@farbotanicals.com

About FAR Botanicals:

FAR Botanicals® (Fatty Acid Rich Botanicals), is a sustainable manufacturer of artisan hair care formulas designed to moisturize and strengthen dry, damaged or fragile hair. Tapping ancestral beautification rituals and combining them with modern innovations in Green Chemistry, FAR Botanicals provides a natural-focused, highly effective alternative to typical beauty care products on the market. FAR Botanicals  is suitable for retail in fine salons, spas and luxury retailers. To learn more about the full range of FAR Botanicals offerings, visit http://farbotanicals.com/.

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ARE SALON SUITE RENTALS MARKETING TO YOU? IS THE GRASS REALLY GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE? https://probeauty.org/blog/are-salon-suite-rentals-marketing-to-you-is-the-grass-really-greener-on-the-other-side/ https://probeauty.org/blog/are-salon-suite-rentals-marketing-to-you-is-the-grass-really-greener-on-the-other-side/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:20:32 +0000 https://probeauty.org/blog/?p=6554 Becoming an independent contractor is a valid career option and there are many successful independent contractors who take pride in operating a professional, compliant business. Most importantly, they are not disillusioned about the financial gain or the amount of work and the number of clients they must maintain to make a clear profit.

Some licensed beauty professionals explain that their current employee-based salon environment does not offer enough of a financial gain to stay: they do not offer enough benefits, such as continuing education training or mentorship, or a strong opportunity to grow a consistent clientele. The risk of leaving to become an independent contractor seems low. So it is not a surprise that licensed professionals are being targeted by misleading advertisements that portray a “Grass is Greener” mirage of life as an independent contractor.

These marketing techniques are targeting stylists with the lure of easily making more money while working with a smaller number of clients in an independent contractor salon suite rental setting. The problem is these advertisements fail to provide key relevant information, including failing to explain processes for tax withholding, tip income and mandatory health insurance costs, as well as other costs, which does not support the professionalism or integrity of licensed beauty professionals.

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS

Many licensed beauty professionals express the potential for financial gain as their number one motivation to leave an employee-based salon environment. For example, if a stylist believes he or she brings in $100,000 a year to a salon but only takes home less than half of that, they feel the opportunity for financial gain is worth the transition to work as an independent contractor. What may not be fully understood, or has even been vetted, is the compensation associated with running an employment-based salon versus the income of an independent contractor. There are numerous existing factors to consider in addition to direct income.

OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER. ARE YOU REALLY AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR?

An independent contractor can operate in different environments, in addition to a salon suite rental.  There are factors outlined by the IRS to help determine if you are truly independent. A few factors include:

  • A key to your own establishment
  • Setting your own hours
  • Purchasing your own products
  • Paying your own state, local and federal taxes
  • Establishing your own business name
  • Determining your own pricing for services
  • Incurring all business expenses, of which you may be able to deduct certain business expenses
  • Fully reporting your income (including tips)
  • Having your own telephone number and line

Fulfilling obligations as an independent contractor means you will operate your business as a serious, professional business owner. You must abide by all the legal local, state, and federal tax laws, report all income (including tips) and maintain the appropriate licenses, as well as personal liability insurance for your independent business. Visitprobeauty.org/irs for a complete list of tax resources.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE, WHAT WILL YOU LOSE, AND WHAT CAN YOU GAIN?

W-2 Salon Employees Commonly Receive:

  1. Unemployment benefits and worker’s compensation
  2. Short-term disability, health, dental and vision insurance
  3. Personal liability coverage through the salon
  4. Mentorship, training, continued education
  5. Access to brand-name, high-end professional and retail products
  6. Retail commission
  7. Profit sharing
  8. Staff managed payment processing and appointment scheduling
  9. Employer shared cost of employee tax responsibilities
  10. Bonus pay
  11. Housekeeping (towels, capes, materials) and supply orders
  12. Consistent client base and opportunity for walk-ins or front desk referrals
  13. Maintenance of salon, including utility expenses
  14. Consistency and reliability

A successful licensed independent contractor:

  1. Reports and pays product retail sales tax
  2. Reports all income, including tips, and pays local, state, federal taxes (quarterly tax payments)
  3. Obtains personal liability insurance to protect yourself from being held financially responsible for injuries that may occur at your business
  4. Successfully retains clients
  5. Maintains appropriate healthcare insurance coverage as required by the Affordable Care Act
  6. Manages client scheduling and payment processing
  7. Develops and manages self-marketing
  8. Purchases and maintains adequate products, materials, and tools
  9. Seeks out continuing education and stays on top of current market trends

IF YOU LEAVE, WILL THEY COME?

The number one fear of a stylist considering a transition to a suite/booth rental opportunity is the ability to build a new client base and maintain their client numbers. Although salon rental ads targeting stylists may include messaging such as “you only need to retain 60% of your clients…,” stylists know this is not quite that simple. Are you a stylist that signed an employment agreement, or non-compete agreement provided to you by your current employer? If you are, then you know taking your clients with you is not an option.

So how will you maintain and build clientele from inside a salon suite? The appeal of becoming an independent contractor can be very progress_sept_diversionalluring, but it is important to plan ahead on how you will build the level of clientele needed to exceed your current earnings.

There are successful independent contractors that have correctly managed to build clientele, correctly operate their business, and meet the legal tax and reporting obligations required by law. If you decide that this is the path for you, know the facts and have a concrete plan of action. Familiarize yourself with the appropriate forms you will need to establish your business, a business name, quarterly tax payments, specific licenses, and other business obligations before you make your transition.

Most importantly, understand that like any major career move, taking the leap to becoming an independent contractor has many risks and benefits. If you do decide that stepping out on your own is what you want to do, be prepared and take an honest realistic inventory of what it will truly take to be successful as an independent contractor. For more information, visit probeauty.org/contractors.

About the Author

Myra Irizarry is the Director of Government Affair for the Professional Beauty Association (PBA). PBA advances the professional beauty industry by providing our members with education, charitable outreach, government advocacy, events and more. PBA is the largest organization of salon professionals with members representing salons and spas, distributors, manufacturers and beauty professionals/NCA. Visit probeauty.org or call 800.468.2274 (480.281.0424) for more information.

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2015 NAHA Entries Now Open! Submit Yours Today! https://probeauty.org/blog/2015-naha-entries-now-open-submit-yours-today/ https://probeauty.org/blog/2015-naha-entries-now-open-submit-yours-today/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:44:12 +0000 https://probeauty.org/blog/?p=6548 The North American Hairstyling Awards is the most exclusive photographic competition in the northern hemisphere. Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 NAHA awards!

Creating your NAHA entry will not only strengthen your skills and boost your portfolio, it will push you to reach beyond your creative boundaries. Stand out from your peers, take home the coveted NAHA trophy, and advance your career!

ENTER TODAY!

Categories:

  • Avant Garde
  • Contemporary Classic
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year
  • Haircolor
  • Hairstylist of the Year
  • Make-Up Artist of the Year
  • Master Stylist of the Year (By Invitation Only)
  • Men’s Hairstylist of the Year
  • Newcomer Stylist of the Year
  • Salon/School Design of the Year
  • Salon Master of Business Award (Salon MBA)
  • Salon Team of the Year
  • Student Hairstylist of the Year
  • Texture
  • Nail Professional of the Year- NEW FOR 2015

For more information and a complete list of rules, please visit probeauty.org/enternaha. Only online entries will be accepted.

NAHA is part of PBA Beauty Week, North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, education, and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. PBA Beauty Week is produced by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and hosted by Cosmoprof North America.

 

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The New PBA is Here! Update Your Member Profile Today! https://probeauty.org/blog/the-new-pba-is-here-update-your-member-profile-today/ https://probeauty.org/blog/the-new-pba-is-here-update-your-member-profile-today/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:15:07 +0000 https://probeauty.org/blog/?p=6546 The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) has been steadily growing throughout the years. After years of producing some of the most successful beauty events in North America and offering the largest selection of career resources, the time has come for PBA to take the next steps. In an effort to continue to craft a unique, value-based association, a modification to our membership structure was implemented early this month.

These changes make it easier for you to access information across the association, providing unlimited learning and resource potential. The modification also gives members more control over your membership, from choosing the membership that’s right for you and your business to saving our individual members money by only paying for the benefits you need. Head over toprobeauty.org/membership for details.

The PBA Team has been working tirelessly to make this transition seamless and smooth. We encourage you to take a moment to log into your account, update your profile, and explore the new and exciting features now available to you. Thank you for your continued support of PBA and the entire industry. Feel free to contact our dedicated Membership Team with any questions or comments at info@probeauty.org or 800.468.2274.

About PBA

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) advances the professional beauty industry by providing our members with education, charitable outreach, government advocacy, events and more. PBA is the largest organization of salon professionals with members representing salons and spas, distributors, manufacturers and beauty professionals/NCA. Visit probeauty.org or call 800.468.2274 (480.281.0424) for more information.

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PBA to Host New Webinar: Selling Internationally, Explore Your Options with an Expert https://probeauty.org/blog/pba-to-host-new-webinar-selling-internationally-explore-your-options-with-an-expert/ https://probeauty.org/blog/pba-to-host-new-webinar-selling-internationally-explore-your-options-with-an-expert/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:50:03 +0000 https://probeauty.org/blog/?p=6543 Expanding your company’s sales internationally requires thorough preparation and careful consideration. The Professional Beauty Association has partnered with Tony Michalski, Senior International Trade Specialist for the US Department of Commerce to deliver the broad aspects of exporting. This 30 minute web event is designed for manufacturers and product developers who want to explore the benefit and considerations of entering international markets.

This event address the following related topics:

- Primary benefits of exporting 
- Trends, market research and international opportunities 
- Market entry and expansion 
- Identifying and facilitating meetings with potential partners 
- What programs and services are available to support international trade? 

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to our commerce expert.

REGISTER TODAY

*Remember to convert this web event into your own time zone to ensure you join us.

This webinar takes place at: 
12pm Eastern 
11am Central 
10am Mountain 
9am Pacific

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