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How to start your own Nail Business

Nail salons have been blowing up in popularity in the U.K. in the last few years. The beauty industry is on the rise again, and pampering is coming back into fashion.

Plus, to top it off, HotPatch is allowing nail station owners, to rent their spaces flexibly to other freelancers. It’s just become that much easier to work freelance in a professional beauty room.

Fancy working in a nail station like the one below? Managing your own time, and building your client base? Here’s a guide on your first few steps!

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How to start a Nail Business

First thing’s first:

You need to register your nail business.

If this is a home-business where you’re looking to do some nail-tech for friends and family, then registering may not be necessary in the early-goings.

But if you’re looking to become a fully-fledged nail technician, registering is obligatory, so that you can declare your tax earnings for legal purposes.

You’ll need to set yourself up first as a sole trader. This is a declaration that you are self-employed, and independently responsible for your financial situation.

If you are earning over £1000 in self-employment, you need to make sure you:

  • Possess an up-to-date record of your incomings and outgoings
  • A national insurance number
  • Send a self-assessed tax return every year
  • Pay income tax on your profits

First thing’s first — Insurance!

Cover your nail tech business with insurance cover! If you’re running a salon from a Patch, then it’s best to be insured.

We recommended getting public liability insurance, as it will protect you from accidents that may occur during your sessions. Property insurance will similarly protect your salon against damages. If you ever accrue employees, then employers liability insurance is another legal requirement.

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Creating a Nail Business Plan

When starting any company, a business plan is one of your first ports of call. What is it you’re hoping to achieve, and when by? Set yourself a rough route, so that you know when you should be hitting certain milestones.

Keep your objectives clear. What is it that makes you and your business different? How are you going to attract new clients?

Set yourself a budget, and what you expect to be spending, and how much you need, or hope to be earning as well. And keep it realistic! Using HotPatch salon chairs is a really affordable way to run your nail business – but do keep a note of your costs as you go.

When thinking about how much to charge, do some research into local nail tech companies. What are they charging? Can you charge a premium if you’re offering a higher quality service? Or can you undercut their prices? The most important factor is, either way, will this generate you a profit?

Remember to consider your fixed costs, like rent, insurance etc. Plus your more expensive nail-tech equipment purchases. One-offs and disposable items, like face-masks and brushes need to be considered, alongside any additional perks like magazines for your customers, or coffees.

Remember to consider, you will also be paying National Insurance and tax!

It’s all in the Marketing!

Marketing is a big one. How will people discover you?

This is another similar step. Set yourself a plan. Know who your customers are, what their demographic is, what their interests are, and so on.

Social media is the easiest go-to, as it’s an organic, free resource. Include all of your contact details, what is is you offer, and how to find your business in the ‘about’ section.

Running social media can be a full-time task, so make sure you regularly take photos, and get the word out there.

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What Qualifications Do You Need to Start a Nail Business?

You may already be qualified, but if not there are nail courses you can join at any age as a starting point.

A level 2 or 3 certificate in nail tech or treatments is ideal. This can be studied at college, though you may need a minimum level of GCSEs etc. to apply. Courses can take up to a year to complete.

Running a Nail Business from home, or from a salon?

The final consideration, is where are you going to run your nail business from?

There is always the option of working from home, but remember to fully consider what this would mean. The benefit is that it can save you money, and can be a great place to start in the first few months.

But living and working from your home can be stressful, and often your clients will be a lot more comfortable visiting a high-street salon.

The great news is HotPatch allows you to rent nail chairs, near you, at any time. This means that you can change your location, on the daily, based on your clientele.

This will open up a whole network of customers to you, that won’t be put by a long commute time to reach your salon. If needed, you can go to them. Set yourself up in a new shop, and move onto the next the day after.

Visit HotPatch.com to browse nail chairs near you.

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Are you that person “looking for nail stations near me?” Or for nail chairs to rent in London?

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection of rentable coworks studios today. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your own coworkers, you can list with us by signing up on our website.

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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The Best Secret Coworking Spaces to hire in London

HotPatch’s Hidden HotSpots

Working remotely or remotely working, am I right? Wait, no. That’s the same thing.

HotPatch has collated a list of some of the more unusual and unique coworking spaces that you can nest in and work at for the day, or by the hour. If you’re a London local, or perhaps you’re visiting and have to decided to chase down a Patch packed with personality, then these co-works will work for you.

For more Patches; from co-works, to gyms and salons, visit HotPatch.com. Likewise, if you own space — get in touch!


Community Centric Coworking Space in Hammersmith

A grand space with a beautiful, ergonomic design filled with natural light, sits invitingly in Hammersmith, ready to host your work plans, and help you find your community.

Designed also as a retreat, to relax and reflect, you can find multiple wellness events throughout the week to help keep your mind active and engaged.

Alongside wellness events, the space features networking events, breakfast meetings, afterwork socials and plenty of opportunities to connect and interact with the people around you.

Broaden your social horizons, work smart and strike the right balance in this lavish community space.

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Multifunction Coworking Space in North London

This multi-use space in North London, holds music at the heart of its community. With music studios, a content creation suite, event space and meeting rooms, all adjacent to the large coworking area, you’ll find this is the one-stop shop for all types of creativity.

With the slick cylindrical centre-piece, and comfortable, modern studios, this Patch is a one of a kind in the collection.

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Their online community also features webinar discussions, workshops and other types of collaborative opportunities. Their goal is to allow creatives to thrive in the industry.

So join the community, and be a part of the culture today. For coworks in Hagerston, this is top of the list.

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Collaborative Workspace with Natural Light in North London

Looking for a unique co-work in North London? This 320 sqft space is located upstairs inside a Georgian Townhouse. A lot of co-works have a real office feel, but this one very much feels like home.

With natural light, a seated lounge, and other breakout rooms, the large space makes for the perfect environment to spend the day, run meetings and host presentations. Other purposes can include, running team-building activities or focus groups and events.

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Not sure if the Georgians were big on co-works, but we love this cowork in Islington.


Are you that person “looking for coworking spaces near me?” Or for coworks to rent in London?

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection of rentable coworks studios today. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your own coworkers, you can list with us by signing up on our website.

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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How a professional musician makes additional income renting out their home studio with HotPatch

Sam Thomas is a musician, producer and owner of a home music studio, and office — both available to rent in London. 

Sam not only rents out his studio, but also acts as an in-house producer for other musicians in need of his technical experience: a commodity particularly sought-after in the industry. 

Sam proves deftly economic with his space, with movable scaffold stands, an adjustable laptop desk, alongside an accessible display of instruments. The space is properly sound-treated, and crucially provides a quiet space to record to a professional standard. All necessities for getting that studio-quality album sound. 

HotPatch speaks with Sam about his unique offering, and how he’s making the most of his talent and space.


What originally gave you the idea to rent out your home studio and dining room as a workspace?

I was working part-time jobs for years to support myself at the start of my music career and then one day came to the realisation that I’d accumulated enough gear and experience to ‘go it alone’ and start a ‘mini’ studio out of my tiny garden office. 

I originally thought I’d just rent out the space itself but I’ve found that the vast majority of people are looking to work with a producer, so I’ve since ended up doing a lot of production work for a good few years now. I moved recently to a bigger and better place in Leyton with my girlfriend, and not only is the studio an upgrade but we have enough space to rent out our dining room for co-working during the day now too.

Sam in his home studio
Sam in his home-studio in London
As a musician yourself, how important is it do you think to find the right space to record and produce in?

It’s very much part of my personality to make my surroundings as nice as I can, I’m a massive neat freak and love everything to be as ergonomic and hassle free as possible, so that has always extended to my music setup too. I guess a lot of musicians work ‘on the fly’ but I love being in a familiar space that I know really well and feel totally comfortable in. I also hate people hearing a work in progress, so it’s a real luxury to have a room that I can make as many weird noises as I want in without being overheard!

What are some of the most important inclusions in a home studio?

It’s not a very glamorous answer but now software is so good the vast majority of production can be done on a computer, especially electronic stuff. Recording live acoustic instruments and vocals well requires a quiet and acoustically treated space though. I’d say second to the computer the best speakers and audio interface you can get your hands on are pretty crucial, and again the speakers ideally need to be in a well treated space so that you know what you’re hearing is ‘accurate’ and will translate well across as many devices as possible. Everyone’s different but in my experience mixing on headphones doesn’t turn out well compared to mixing on speakers. Also I’d say spend as much as you can afford on a high quality and diverse microphone or two and branch out from there.

In your own studio, there seems to be a lot of little personal touches. What are some of your favourites?

I’m pleased with the laptop stand that I made, It’s an arm that pivots at two places so that I can move the laptop from instrument to instrument and easily press record etc while I’m playing. The laptop sits on a rubber-painted wooden dish with holes for wires to poke out at the sides so that I can put all the hard drives etc etc that I need neatly underneath, I really hate clutter! The keyboards all pull out away from the wall on their scaffold stands that I made which also makes life a lot easier, so they tuck away when not in use. The general idea is that everything is really accessible and always set up as much as possible so that nothing breaks the creative flow.

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Sam’s music studio, available to rent on HotPatch
For other musicians who may be starting off, what do you think are some of the advantages in renting equipment and space like yours, over building your own studio?

Building up an arsenal of expensive equipment and the experience to know how to get the best out of it takes a long time, so until you feel you’re at that stage it’s great to be able to go and try things out with someone like me — I think it’s important as a producer to teach people whatever they’re interested in about gear etc as you go through the process of making music together, so they can go on to make informed decisions about improving their own setup.

I learned so so much from working with the guy who produced my first album. Alternatively though getting into the nitty gritty, technical side of production understandably isn’t for everyone, so for musicians that want to focus on just the music hopefully a space like mine will enable them to do that, with me filling in the technical gaps or adding extra instruments they don’t play themselves etc.

Do you have any advice to other owners of studio/home space?

I’d say if people have got to the point of owning their own studio then it isn’t really for me to offer them advice, everyone does things differently which is the beauty of working with different people.

Where can people find you if they’re interested in seeing more of your work?

My website is samthomasmusic.com 

Additionally, Sam’s debut album ‘Blind Theatre,’ is available to buy or stream online. 


Are you that person “looking for music studios near me?” Or for music studios to rent in London

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection of rentable music studios today. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your own studio, you can list with us by signing up on our website.

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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Simple Tricks to Improve Your Salon Decor

We’ve always been told that a good first impression matters — and the same is true for your salon.

A good aesthetic will naturally attract more customers and freelancers, and in turn, an attractive salon is one that will translate well onto social media. If customers like the way it looks, they’ll be proud to post an image of themselves online, which will generate you some free buzz and publicity. Win-win.

Want to rent your salon chair? Make the proposition more appealing with a stunning salon.

Let’s make your salon more Instagrammable with these handy tips below.

Pick a Personality

Choosing a ‘look’ for your salon is all about having a defined sense of personality come through. So once you know what you want, stick to that choice and be consistent.

This means a consistent colour scheme, choice of textures, and furnishings/objects that all cohesively work together.

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Salon Mirrors

Mirrors are excellent because they give the impression of additional space. Plus, in a beauty room it’s a welcome addition for all your clients. 

A large mirror can often be a bit of a showstopper if used correctly. (See below). Mirrors can be employed quite liberally too, so get reflecting!

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Salon Lighting

Lighting is an easy win. The right lighting in a beauty salon can also be very flattering, which is great when you want your customers feeling they look their best.

This can involve ring lights, bordering mirrors with bulb lights, fairy lights, or anything more elaborate.

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Salon ‘Selfie Wall’

Having a specific area, designed for a photo-op can prove a big boon for generating online attention. Some salons have designed their whole image around a beautiful wall of flowers for example. Who doesn’t want to strike a pose somewhere when they’re looking at their most fresh? 

Perhaps a a mural wall, or one full of photographs? Maybe something even quirkier. Just make it beautiful and memorable — so get inventive.

Salon Soft Furnishings & Objects

Allow your customers to wait in maximum comfort, with a nice sofa, or hyper-comfy armchairs. Treat the waiting area as an area where you can relax your customers into the full experience.

Any objects that are evocative of relaxation are the ideal choice. Plants for that reason can be an easy way to stylise your surroundings and bring the joys of outdoors, indoors.

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Looking for salon spaces near me? Or for salons to rent in London?

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection today. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your own salon chair, you can list with us.

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Top 5 Event Spaces to Hire in London

Got a do? A shindig? A bash? A bonanza?

Putting on an event can be tricky, but we’re taking one of the most complicated aspects – finding the right space – and making it easy.

Perhaps you’re hosting a big karaoke night for your colleagues, or you require a classy music venue for some friends.

Whether you’re looking for something specific, or need a little inspiration, we’ve got an eclectic collection that will help.

Visit HotPatch for the full selection of London event spaces, or check out our hand-picked Patches below.

Warehouse to Hire | Event Space in East London

Big Space is an industrial​ warehouse available for creative hire at an affordable price. It serves as a multi-purpose hireable space suitable for large-scale commercial or music and cultural events as well as film and photographic shoots.

With both indoor and outdoor space​,​ 24-hour access​,​ 42​,​225 sq ft of inside space​,​ 49​,​881 sq ft of car park space​,​ 22​,​202 sq ft of outdoor garden space​,​ 23m high ceilings​,​ and a staggering indoor capacity of 10​,​000​,​ there is nowhere else quite like it.

Heck, don’t have a big event? Hire this one to read a book in for an hour. You do you.

Mezzanine Event Space Available in Hammersmith

The iconic ‘Mission Hall’ building has been a hub for the local community for over 120 years.

After years of closure​,​ the building has now been restored to its former glory​​ as a hub of creative combustion within the Brackenbury community. They are now on the look out for creatives, entrepreneurs, yogis and book-worms to collaborate within the space for any planned London events.

Cocktail Bar to Hire | Hire Event Space in Central London

A world class cocktail bar and late night party space available to hire.

A stunning bar​/​club area decked out in a luxe pop aesthetic themed around fun musical references — there’s even a disco toilet to boot!

Some of the best cocktails in London are put together behind the bar by a crackteam of mixologists​, ​and there’s a mouth watering menu of artisan pizza and tasty sharing plates to keep the stomach lined while you work your way through the drinks​/​songs menu.

In keeping with its location right in the heart of Chancery Lane​,​ this karaoke bar to hire specialises in corporate, as well as private, entertaining​. It​ offers a unique space for meetings and conferences, as well as full private hire for product launches​,​ press events or the yearly company blowout.

You can even book a special corporate team builder themed around cocktails​,​ karaoke and party games that makes for one of the most unique team bonding experiences in London.

Gallery Space To Hire in East London

A unique open space overlooking Regent’s Canal for larger groups of up to 60 people.

Ideal for wellness events​,​ dining or drinks receptions​,​ board meetings​,​ team building sessions​,​workshops​,​ exhibitions or a product launch.

It is available for dry hire or food catered by Cafe Route​,​ serving a selection of mediterranean food to suit all tastes.

This space has numerous additional benefits including:

  • Dedicated events manager
  • Wi-Fi​,​ projector​,​ and speakers
  • Multiple seating options avaliable
  • Floor to ceiling windows with natural daylight overlooking Kingsland Basin
  • Fully licensed bar and catering services
  • Air conditioning
  • Zoom capabilities
  • 5 minutewalk from Haggerston Overground and easy links from the City and East London

Elegant Music Room to Hire in Central London

Overlooking Bloomsbury Square​,​ this Music Room has already been host to many music recitals​,​ book launches​,​ lectures and performances.

It is the main exhibition space at PushkinHouse with some of their previous shows being featured in TimeOut​,​ The Guardian​,​ Evening Standard​,​ Creative Review and GQ.

The room boasts high windows that allow impressive natural light to flow through​,​ as well as original features​,​adding sophistication and refinement to any event.

Looking for more event spaces near me? Or for general event spaces to rent in London?

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection today. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your own event space, you can list with us too. They don’t need to be as enormous, or as fancy. A Patch is what you make of it.

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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7 Music Studios To Hire in London

Your music deserves a studio-quality recording. And where else to get studio-quality sound than in a music studio?

With our selection of studios to rent in London, we’re making it simpler to be able to produce your dream song or album, by giving it the quality finish it deserves. 

Let’s get you the bit there with the space you need.

Visit HotPatch for the full selection, or check out our hand-picked studios below

London’s Floating Recording Studio

My opinion all of a sudden is that too many albums are recorded on land. Why not record your next classic on a 550-tonne ship? This unique London music studio, also doubles as a photo shoot and filming location, and comes with a large live room and deck for recording sessions. 

Best music studio to rent in London? This might be a safe bet. 

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Writing & Recording Studio in Central London

When you think of top studios to rent in London, we want you to think of this comfortable and aesthetic recording studio & writing space, used by artists, vocalists, producers and record labels. 

Living inside one of London’s “best kept secret” creative houses, this studio is purpose built to have “above industry standard” equipment, software & plugins for you to get the best results.

Resident producers & engineers on standby to monitor your recording so everything runs smooth. It also has tons of breakout spaces (chill out zones) , free Nespresso coffee and Circadian lighting to power you and your music.

Equipment provided:

Aston Spirit Microphone, an original 1983 Rhodes Stage MKII that has been voiced and tuned to perfection, the Audient iD44, iMac pro, a pair of Yamaha HS7 Monitors & two sets of Audio Technica professional monitor headphones. 

Includes: a range of other Professional Microphones Available, including a Shure KSM42 Microphone & a stereo matched pair of AKG C414’s.

A suspended Vocal Isolation Booth, Ergonomic moving workstation, Wall box with 10 XLR channels, 4 headphone channels, 1 HDMI + 1 CAT 6, Acoustically treated, Fully air conditioned, Circadian Lighting & a Philips air purifier. DAW/Software: Logic Pro X, Ableton Live & Adobe Audition. 

Use something different? Just let the studio owners know, they’re happy to add new software depending on how long / frequently you’re planning on using their Studio Spaces. 

All avaialble in a Fine Tuned Acoustically treated studio, Fully air conditioned with Circadian Lighting & a Philips air purifier.

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Rent a Recording Studio in North London 

Built for tracking vocals and instruments, this modern recording studio has a control room for music production, plus an in-house engineer upon request. The studio has everything to allow for maximum creativity whilst offering a productive environment for an engineer and artist. 

Professional music studio. This is it. 

Equipment provided:

Universal Audio Apollo x4 

Focal Twin 6BE 

Neve 1073 SPX 

Neumann TLM107 

Aston stealth 

Native Instruments S61 MK2 

Focal Listen Pro 

Logic Pro X 

Pro Tools \ 

Ableton Live 10 3. 

Native Instruments Library Upgrade 

Fabfilter Total Bundle 

Soundtoys 5 Bundle 

iMac 27”

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Music Studio For Hire in South London

Studio for hire, available for both music production, plus podcast recording and live-streaming. Open and comfortable environment for artists to perform at their best.

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Music Studio To Rent in North London

Lively music studio with full backline and acoustic piano. Free tea & coffee, plus a music equipment shop on-site.

Equipment provided:

Drum kit, bass amp, two guitar amps, upright acoustic piano, vocal microphones & stands, PA.

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Listening, Screening and Mastering Studio

This studio is ideal for writing, production, mastering and listening — easily set up for filming and screening too with its secure & strong connectivity. An in-house engineer is available upon request.

Large modular sofas, impeccable audio, mood lighting and a large LCD screen, make this versatile studio perfect for whatever creative project you’re working on.

Whether you are fine-tuning your latest track, or looking for inspiration for your next one, this room will provide the environment you need.

Equiptment provided:

Focal Trio 6BE 

Universal Audio Twin x Quad 

Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 MK2 

Pro tools 

Logic Pro X 

Ozone Advanced mastering suite 

iMac 27”

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Production Music Studio in North London

Plug in & Play production suites , designed for one person. Comfortable privacy Our ‘hot desk’ style production suites are easy to use andperfect for solo mixing sessions. Ideal for the quick ideas youneed to get down or for an extended private session.

Equipment Provided: 

Focal shape 65

SSL 2+ 

Native Instruments 

KOMPLETE KONTROL A49 

Aston stealth x 1 

Aston halo x 1

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Looking for more recording studios near me? Or perhaps podcast studios near me?

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection of either. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your music studio, you can list with us too.

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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10 Salon Chairs To Hire in London

Looking for a spare salon chair to rent? Thinking, ‘is there a salon rental space near me?’ HotPatch has a collection of salon chairs to rent from all across London.

Treat yourself and your clients to a seat in one of our unique Patches, or significantly cut your commute time by finding your nearest local salon chair.

See our selection below, or check out more space to rent on our website.

1. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Victoria

In the heart of Victoria, London, rent a chair with this friendly, boutique hair salon. With its distinctive fashionable decor​,​ versatility in music and unpretentious atmosphere, it’s the place to be. 

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2. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Finsbury Park

Busy salon with a chair to rent, high footfall and situated in the beautiful Finsbury Park, minutes walk from the underground station. 

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3. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Putney

Scissors and alcohol isn’t normally a winning combination, but the wine selection here is for customers to purchase or sample, which makes this elegant salon, a unique and classy choice for your client. 

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4. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in West Finchley

A salon with a stylish, modern and clean aesthetic available to rent in West Finchley. 

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5. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent — Notting Hill

Need to rent a salon chair in West London? A sleek and contemporary salon available in Notting Hill. Indoor parking available for exactly this one scooter.

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6. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent— Abbey Gardens

With a mirror big enough to reflect upon all of my past mistakes, we’ve got this beautifully designed salon in Abbey Gardens. Impress your clients with this salon choice.

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7. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Morden

Live around Morden? We’ve got a spot in this elegant salon that has hairdresser chairs for rent that might take yours and your clients fancy. 

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8. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Battersea 

Well designed, modern salon in beautiful Battersea. The kind of place you’d walk past and say, ‘I’d love to work there.’ And now, with HotPatch, it’s possible.

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9. Salon Chair To Rent — White City

Hair salon that will give you ‘all the flexibility you need.’ Great location near Westfield and by the BBC, attract some great customers with a chair in this White City Salon.

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10. Chair for Stylist To Rent— East London

New​ and​ very nicely decorated, modern salon in East London. Two spare chairs being offered for hair stylists in this friendly Patch, with adjoining kids salon.

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From cheap, affordable salon chairs to rent, to barber space rental in London, you can now browse more Patches on our platform.

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Are you a freelance hairdresser? 

Been asking yourself, ‘can I rent salon space?’ 

Well here’s your answer. 

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7 Things To Include In Your Contract As A Therapist

Panicking about what to include in your therapy contract? Need to talk to someone about it? HotPatch has a few key suggestions below.

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1. Keep it confidential

Confidentiality in this trade is essential. Include information about confidentiality, and also its’ exceptions.

We recommend you get your client to specifically sign this section, or even have them tick each individual exception for further clarity.

2. Personal Information Storage

Let the client know which personal details you are going to hold, why you are holding them, how they will be safely kept and stored, as well as how long you intend to keep them after their sessions have ended.

Inspire confidence in your client that their sensitive data is safe in your hands.

3. Cancellation

Clients, and especially new clients, will likely want to read your cancellation policy before signing up.

Give details on how far in advance they need to cancel, and whether they still need to pay upon cancellation. Provide a description of the best way they can contact you in regards to a cancellation too. If they’d like to end the sessions altogether, what is the best procedure?

Therapy metaphor

4. Don’t Forget Your Fees

One to always keep in mind as a freelancer.

State your fees clearly in the therapy contract. How much are the sessions? When will they be paid? Upfront or retrospectively? Let them know the best way to pay you, whether that is a cash payment, or through a bank transfer.

5. Session Volume

Provide a little clarity on the sessions themselves. Detail their frequency, and the length. Are they always the same length/time for example?

What if the client needs to alter an appointment day or time? If you answer these queries up front, you will save yourself time down the line in answering FAQs individually.

6. Client Responsibilities

The client will be responsible for decisions made outside of the sessions, and for their own thoughts, feelings and actions. You might want to clarify that they mustn’t take drugs, or drink before or during the session, or any other safety stipulations.

7. Digital Therapy

If your classes are conducted online, they will need instructions on how to access the platform you use, and on how the session will be impacted if their internet is shaky, or if they’re unable to access sessions for electronic reasons.

They will need to know that they cannot record the session. Ease any concerns that may arise from the therapy session taking place online, i.e. they are still in a safe space to speak their mind.

Got a therapy room to rent? Need to hire a therapy room near you?

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Fitness Freelance Studio Wellness

5 Reasons To Hire A Fitness Studio Privately

5 Reasons To Hire A Private Fitness Studio

Fitness Studio
T2Studio in Liverpool, available at HotPatch.com

If you were offered the opportunity to hire a fitness studio privately each week, you might say, come off it; I’m not Bill Gates. Unless you are Bill Gates of course, in which case you’re probably thinking, ‘I actually am Bill Gates’ almost all of the time.

Private fitness studios rentals aren’t all as expensive as you might assume, as HotPatch can attest to, with its most inexpensive studio for hire in Liverpool at only £10 an hour.

Most personal trainers may never have considered this studio option; perhaps largely because of the cost assumptions that come with the term ‘private.’ You may not have even realised this was an option available to you in the first place.

So here are HotPatch’s top 5 reasons why hiring a private fitness studio could work for you and your client, over using a public gym.

#1 Peace & Quiet

Private studios are far more peaceful. If you’ve never trained in one, it might come as a genuine surprise to hear only your own, or your client’s movements as you exercise. No more rogue grunts or weird gym music playlists to contend with. This means you can communicate more clearly, and freely too. Feel like adding a bit of sound volume to your pep-talk? Go for it.

Training in silence can also be more focussed and meditative, which will likely lead to a more motivated session.

#2 No Waiting For Equipment

Imagine the feeling of entering the gym and thinking, ‘all we need today is the squat rack and I’m good’ and then being forced to wait impatiently for 30 minutes as a group of four twelve-year olds superset their iffy high-rep leg routine.

But in a private studio, the equipment is all yours. Your options are limitless. You can dive between squat rack, bench, dumbbells and not have to be concerned about any etiquette, or turn-waiting, or being forced to only use the one rear-delt machine no one is using for 60 minutes (you can always tell someone uses a busy public gym when their rear-delts are gigantic).

Rather than bouncing between the left and right side of the gym to alternative your exercises, a private studio has everything you need in one place for a concise and efficient workout.

Get your client to the equipment they need when they need it, and they’ll leave feeling more satisfied too.

Spacious fitness studio

#3 Workout With Just Your Team

Capturing that spirit of camaraderie can make training incredibly fun. And when you’re with just your own team, you can work at your own pace and really challenge one another in an open environment.

So don’t worry about losing that inherent sense of competition you get in a public gym as you randomly compete with the strangers and trainers next to you. When you’re in a private gym, it’s all about you and your trainee, and so staying engaged in the workout will be easy.

#4 Take The Ego Out Of It

As you may have found with home workouts, working out in a private space does help to take the ego element out of your lifts, which can so often be detrimental to your form.

So what if you’re lifting lighter, or moving slower? In a private gym, none of this matters. Film your lifts, check your form, and slow it down all you want. A private gym will help remind your client that a gym workout is about them and their own training, and not their progress in relation to anybody else.

Hopefully this will help grow their confidence, especially if they’re new and want to learn how to use the equipment properly, without feeling a little embarrassed or insecure. Often a big reason people delay going to the gym is due to the public ‘shame’ element, and so mentioning that you have a private studio option, may be a huge selling point to the potential clients you’re marketing to.

Man at gym

#5 You Can Do Those Really Weird Exercises You Weirdo

You know that video you saw of that guy holding a planche on a medicine ball? Well you can all fail that move as many times as you want in perfect privacy. You can messily shadow box, spider crawl up and down the gym and swing that kettlebell like you’re beating a rug, and the only person there to judge you is you. Practice, practice and practice until you’re finally ready to pop into a public gym and do that headstand on the mats you’ve always dreamed of doing.

Home workouts for those that committed to them over the last year or so, proved to have their upsides. A quieter space and a more self-focussed environment were all bonuses. Many of us realised how vital possessing the right kind of space is for exercising right.

Private studios can bridge the gap between the need for solitude, and the need for proper equipment, and all within a budget too.

Check out our stock of private exercise Patches, including yoga studios, dance studios and more!

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Coworking Freelance Office Space

4 Reasons Why Coworking Works For Your Business

4 Reasons Why Coworking Works For Your Business

Fisheries coworking space
The Fisheries, available to book on HotPatch.com

Businesses over the last year have had the opportunity to take a moment of introspection, and a key takeaway is that most companies could be making a greater effort to actively support their workers in making their space work for them.

One simple way this could be done is the potential of ditching the old tradition of leasing permanent office space year after year, in favour of flexible coworks that can fit around employee’s lives and locations.

Here are HotPatch’s top 4 reasons why startups should hire a coworking space.

#1 Easy on the Budget

Permanent office space can be incredibly pricey. But big businesses have historically stuck with them; perhaps largely out of fear that the alternative of WFH or renting coworks would lead to demotivation in staff or a lack of productivity. What 2020 taught us is that assumption is far from the truth.

The market for coworks remains competitive, and the growth in this industry has led to lower overall prices. Hiring a coworking space can offer a cheaper alternative, perfect for a lean startup company.

#2 Communication & Networking

Zoom and Microsoft Teams proved that communication is possible at any distance, but also that miscommunication is possible at any distance too. Internet lag, and bad Wi-Fi has been a contributing factor to frustrations in the workplace at home.

“The danger of miscommunication with fully-remote working is higher, and companies have realized how important it is to have meetings, brainstorming sessions, and social events actually in-person.” — TechRound

While there are some benefits to remote working from home or working in a traditional office, an in-between is proving favourable to a lot of companies. Providing a space where employees want to spend time and be creative, whilst maintaining regular physical interaction is a healthy solution to either extreme.

Coworking spaces bring together like-minded people, and can provide an excellent opportunity to meet individuals from across a range of industries.

You may meet eventual clients, partners, investors, suppliers, or simply have the chance to trade tips and tricks learned from your own unique business experiences. Many coworking spaces offer exclusive events for this very purpose. Who knows who you might meet in one of our Patches.

Coworking space

#3 Attract the Best

Your business is obviously seeking the top talent out there. But now the top talent has realized they have a choice between a company that allows them to work anywhere, and one that will keep them commuting to an office in an awkward and potentially far-out location.

Allowing your employees to choose their own coworking locations, or having a private office in a coworking space, may very well be the tipping point for talent in choosing your company over a business with more stubborn office space practices.

“HotPatch makes it incredibly easy and simple to be able to do things physically and feel connected to my team in person, after living fully digital!” — Natasha, modelme, London

#4 Flexibility

A standard office lease can be hundreds of pages, whereas coworking agreements are often only 3 to 4 pages. Deciding upon an office space for the next 15 years can be an unnerving prospect with the implicit uncertainty in the world of business. Coworking spaces allow you and your company to be more agile in the way you work. Flexibility is also key when it comes to what you need, maybe you just need a meeting room to hire in London for the day? Maybe it’s hiring a coworking space for a week? Or maybe you just really to rent a desk nearby. Freedom to choose always wins.

It also means you can scale easier within a single cowork, renting only the hot-desks you need when you need them.

Different businesses

A coworking or a hybrid coworking model may very well be the future for a lot of businesses, big or small.

Coworks are affordable, can improve communication and agility, plus they provide opportunities for networking and retaining talent, and may just be the secret sauce in taking your startup to new heights.

If you’re looking for space, HotPatch has the Patches you need.

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