I've just been hired at a local DaySpa, and thought I'd share what arrangement I've worked out with the owner, as I feel it is very fair. The spa owner will provide the space, table, linens, advertising, and laundry service.
Other services currently offered at the spa are hair, nails, and tanning. I'd prefer to work in a setting without the chemicals and fumes associated with the hair and nail services, but this spa is small (the owner and one hairdresser, besides me), and most of the time, I'll be providing my services after hours anyway, so my exposure - and that of my clients - will be limited.
I'll be able to build my practice, keep my own records, etc., and won't have to be on site, waiting for walk-ins, since I'll be working "on call", which will allow me freedom to spend time with my family and do call-outs or have clients come to my home office, during "off" times, if I so desire.
By the way, when I first met with Kimberly (the owner), she referenced the previous therapist she'd hired (60/40 split, paid every two weeks, and showed me her previous rate sheet, which was substantially less expensive... ie $50.00 for an hour massage...).... during the discussion, I indicated that her rates were less that what I charge ($70.00/1 hour massage), and that I'd need to think about that and some other things, before I "signed on"... so she suggested that I think about what I thought was fair, write it down, and fax it to her. I did, and then we talked about it some more.
In my original fax to her, I'd kept my rates the same, and offered her a 70/30 split instead of the 60/40 she wanted. In our follow-up conversation, we agreed to a 70/30 for those services where I'd have higher expenses (aromatherapy, wraps, etc) and 65/35 for massage only. Plus, I agreed to reduce my fees by $5.00 per service because she felt her existing clients would have heartburn over such a spike, and I agreed to another $5.00 off if my services were part of a spa package.
In addition, I made it clear that I am a business owner, my massage practice is *mine*; I'm not an employee, I am a contracted service provider, and I'll be paid when services are performed, and will give the owner her percentage at that time.
I asserted myself by telling her what I wanted, and feel that I successfully negotiated a workable arrangement.
I hope the following helps some of you to work out good arrangements with spa owners or others where you may be working.
As an Independent Contractor, I will:
1.Be available on-call M-F 4:30PM-9:00PM & Saturday 8:00AM-8:00PM
(1-hour minimum notice required; 24 hour notice preferred);
2.Be responsible for my own reporting and taxes;
3.Split service fees as follows:
Massage Therapy: 65% A Time to Heal 35% Alaskan Iris DaySpa
Aromatherapy, Wraps, etc; 70% A Time to Heal 30% Alaskan Iris DaySpa
(all tips/gifts for Massage Therapy & Bodywork to Therapist);
4.Provide all consumable products and/or specialty items required for my practice (i.e.: massage oils & lotions, essential oils, wraps, etc.);
5.Provide the following services:
May Include - But is Not Limited to - Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Acupressure & Cranio-Sacral Modalities; Sessions are Customized According to Each Client's Needs;
Hour Focus Massage (ie: neck/shoulders) $ 35.00
1 Hour Massage $ 65.00
1 ½ Hour Massage $ 85.00
2 Hour Massage $115.00
Reflexology (Feet &Hands) $ 45.00
Raindrop Technique combines the art of Aromatherapy with the techniques of Vita Flex and massage in the application of essential oils to various areas of the body to bring structural and electrical alignment.
Raindrop Therapy & 1 Hr Msg. Combo (90 min.) $110.00
Young Living Essential Oils used individually or custom layered are applied according to each client's needs to facilitate balanced energy and wellness.
Add Customized Aromatherapy to Any Massage $ 20.00
Breathwork is a safe and simple way to enhance health by triggering experiences of non-ordinary consciousness and bringing about spiritual understanding.
1 Hour Breathwork & Coaching Session $65.00