50/50 split with salon....a survey

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Posted by Kenzi on September 20, 2001 at 17:42:16:

I was just contacted by a spa/salon in NYC to offer henna to their
clients. They offered me a 50/50 split. I use a salon near my house
and have a 70/30 deal with them (I get 70% they get 30%) so 50/50 was
a shock. I have heard that 50/50 is the standard split for tattoo
artists working at a tattoo place, but that makes sense because the
artist is probably using the equipment, utilities and supplies of the
tattoo place, is covered by their insurance, benefits from their
advertising etc. This salon wants me to make my own brochure, make
copies of my portfolio and write up a price list. I will be using my
own supplies (of course!) and will only be using one of their rooms to
do henna...their cost to have me there is minimal.

I was told that I could make $30 my minimum price but that would mean
I would make $15. So I would have to travel 1/2 hr. there, 1/2 back,
plus the 1-1/5 hours of actually doing henna and aftercare. So I
would be getting paid $15 for 2-2.5 hours of my time. Seems like a
bad deal to me...am I missing something? It's not like I am a
supermodel saying I won't get out of bed for less than $10,000!

What I want to know from all of you, if you have an arrangement with a
salon, what is your deal with them? What is the split? What is the
role of the salon in terms of services provided to you?

Thanks for


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