(Closed) Stylist is a Freelance, do I tip?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Would you tip a freelancer who get 100% take home?
    yes : (8 votes)
    73 %
    no : (3 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    684 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

     Well she will not necessarily “pocket” all of that. As a stylist, its extremely hard to make a buck. Most experienced stylist rent a chair (meaning rent their little space at a salon for a good chunk of money) and then whatever they bring into the salon they get but have to pay back alot to the salon owner for their chair. Most inexperienced stylist do get paid hourly but alot of times its hardly anything.

     Even though what she is charging you might seem to be alot, she still needs to buy all of the product to put in your hair, bobby pins, a good curling iron (which can run a pretty penny) and everything else she will cart over to your house. This all can add up to ALOT. She may be a freelancer but she is still in charge of buying all of her own inventory. Any extra money is a HUGE plus. Your not obligated to tip her but if you did decide too, (even if its not the traditional 20%) will be greatly appreciated!

    Post # 4
    Member
    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I would always tip a stylist at least 20%!  My hair is important!

    Post # 5
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    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    If she works for herself, she loses a LOT of that money to taxes. If you own your own business, you have to pay double the social security tax (since businesses cover half for their employees), plus sales tax, plus private health insurance if she isn’t married and gets it through her husband’s/wife’s work.

    So she isn’t taking 100%. I would still tip.

    Post # 7
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    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

    A service professional is typically always tipped 15-20% regardless of who they work for. 😉

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