Read a bit about it in this article, “Steps for Building A Salon Culture Where Stylists Thrive”, excerpted from Salon Today magazine, February 25, 2016 issue. (Thank you to Salon Today for choosing Atelier to feature in your article)
When Karie Bennett, owner of two Atelier Salon locations near San Jose, California, set out to open a third location with her business partner, Rob Willis, she bought an existing salon with employees that were all independent contractors. For her business plan to work, she needed to convince them all to stay with Atelier and convert to a traditional salon environment and commission pay.
Bennett was nervous about meeting the staff and showing them the value of working for Atelier. So before giving them a presentation she did some research. She and Willis went to the Professional Beauty Association’s site to research renters versus commission. They calculated different scenarios for the different business plans and found that each time employees benefited from working for Atelier rather than being an independent contractor. This was because Atelier pays taxes, credit card fees, takes care of benefits, overhead and other expenses. Bennett and Willis were able to easily convince the independent contractors to stay on because they made it clear what they would gain as Atelier team members.
Read more about how Bennett and Willis worked through this transition in Aveda Means Business’ article, “Buying a Business: Converting Booth Renters to Team Members.”