The co-working revolution is no longer just for office staff with the beauty industry embracing the sharing economy in Australia.
Savvy hairdressers and beauticians are co-sharing salons in a bid to cut overhead costs and utilise space after hours.
Hair and Beauty Industry Association CEO, Sandra Campitelli, says both budding and established businesses are benefiting from the trend, which is gaining momentum Australia-wide.
“It is very much something that is happening now, people are renting space rather than taking on their own. In some parts you can find up to 20 businesses operating out of one space,” Campitelli says.
“It is something that has been happening overseas for several years and absolutely we are seeing it more here.”
Manly-based hairdresser Clare Spark backs the co-working salon trend after experiencing it first-hand.
She rented a room at The Beauty Concept in New South Wales, before taking over the space.
She currently has two rooms on offer equipped with electric beds perfect for massage, beauty or nail therapists starting at $370 a week.
“There are four beauty rooms and a salon. I started off renting a chair two years ago and took over the space in September,” Spark says.
“Sharing means less pressure on me because I don’t have to employ anyone or worry when it’s quiet and it’s good for them because they get to run their own business.”
The sentiments are matched by Blush Creative co-director Jo Larsen, who has bookable spaces at her Melbourne studio in South Yarra.
One room includes a makeup station with mirror and lighting for $165 a day, perfect for freelance businesses who want to book a space casually to impress clients.
“The overheads of renting a space on your own are astronomical so if you can co-share it really helps,’’ says Larsen.
“Also, a great by-product of having a shared space is that tenants can collaborate, bounce ideas off each other, network and refer business to each other.”
However, while Larsen says her experience of co-working has been positive, she says in rare cases the arrangement is not suitable.
“Not everyone can co-share, some tenants need to be in their own space. In a co-working environment, everyone needs to be respectful. We are very selective upfront, if it is not the right fit then we don’t take them on.”
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