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General Questions

  • Do I need to carry professional liability insurance in order to book on ShearShare?

    Professional liability insurance is not required in every state, but we recommend that independent professionals carry insurance because it further protects you and the host.  This provider  offers a discounted price and immediate coverage for the ShearShare community, regardless of the number of locations or hours you work! The policy covers claims for incidents during coverage, PLUS if the claim is filed after your policy expires. And no membership fee.

  • As a ShearShare Host, how do I cancel my customized advertising link?

    First of all, we’re sad to see you go and hope that your special advertising link generated tons of new bookings! But we understand if you’ve changed your mind for now. To cancel your customized host subscription, please email us at hostlinks@shearshare.com by the 15th of the month to provide a written request to cancel. Please know that any monies charged in advance are not refundable.

  • What happens if I really like the visiting stylist and want to hire them?

    That’s great! Remember that our mission at ShearShare is to help beauty and barbering professionals maximize their earnings potential while keeping businesses open!  It really is a great outcome if both parties are thrilled that they found each other on ShearShare and want to make it long-term. We only ask that you let us know when you are offering a booth rent contract to the visiting stylist. Just email us at hello@shearshare.com 😉

  • I am a California salon or barbershop owner. How does the new Dynamex ruling affect me?

    One of the biggest questions we’ve received over the last few weeks is, “I’m a California salon owner. Can I still use ShearShare?”

    The answer? YES.

    Click here for a breakdown.

  • What is ShearShare Ads?

    What is ShearShare Ads?

    Advertise with us!Hyper focus your marketing reach with ShearShare. Leverage our exclusive network of independent stylists and salon and barbershop owners. No other platform has the focus and reach that we do. Our stylists span across 570+ cities and growing!

    How does it work?

    Work with the ShearShare ads team to communicate your brand to our community of professionals. As a turnkey solution, we launch the ads on your behalf and continually optimize and report on performance. Advertisers can access regular reports as well.

    How do I get started?

    Just send us a message tojenny@shearshare.comwith ShearShare Ads as the subject line. Or feel free to contact us via ourAdvertisers page.

    How do I track performance?

    Advertisers have access to ShearShare Ads reports that provide performance data on everything from impressions and CTR to conversion tracking. 

    How much does it cost?

    Pricing varies based on the markets in which your ads are displayed, as well as the mediums you choose to leverage. Feel free to reach out tojenny@shearshare.comfor a detailed proposal.

    What cities are you available in?

    ShearShare ads are currently being served in 570+ cities including New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Houston. View a sample list here: ShearShareMarkets.

    What types of advertisements can I run?

    Stylists and owners can view your ads as banners, inline ads, or static promos in the app. We can also send email blasts and text notifications to our user base, write blog posts, or even make videos on our YouTube channel. You decide the medium and the scope of your campaign.

    How fast will it take me to launch a campaign?

    As part of our onboarding process, we will provide an onboarding document where creatives and specific copy/messaging can be provided. Once we have this information, ads can be launched within 24-48 hours.

    Can ShearShare design my Ad Creatives for me?

    Yes! Our in-house team can design your in-app creatives. We can also create custom video, blog, and email content on your behalf.

    Of course, our ad specs are always available to our partners if you choose to design the creatives internally.

  • What happens if I book with a ShearShare host or visiting stylist directly?

    We understand that this may be tempting. However, as part of our ShearShare community terms and conditions you agreed to when you signed up to use the app, users are removed from the community at the discretion of the company if they book off the platform. Please understand, if an issue were to arise, we have no record of your stay or agreement and are unable to provide support or protections for either the host or the stylist. It is for your safely and sanity. Unfortunately, we’ve seen situations go badly and as a result, businesses be negatively affected. #HelpUsHelpYou 🙂

  • What is ShearShare?

    ShearShare is the only B2B beauty platform that connects salon, spa, and barbershop owners to licensed cosmetologists and barbers to fill unused suites and booths on demand. No long-term contract, no minimum commitment. With ShearShare, you can rent salon space by the day . . . whenever, wherever!

  • Is there a referral program?

    Yes, we do have referral rewards for all ShearShare fans! You can earn $5 for every ShearShare Host (barbershop, spa, or salon owner) you refer, and $20 for every Stylist. You can visit this page to sign up or learn more.

  • Any other questions not covered here?

    We’d love to hear from you! Reach us at hello@shearshare.com.

  • Stylist FAQ

  • Why do licensed cosmetologists and barbers like ShearShare?

    “I don’t want to commit to a long-term contract. ShearShare provides me with professional space to work while saving me lots of money, and I still have tons of flexibility.”

    “I switched from weekly booth rental to ShearShare. It’s really fun to work in different and new salons, and I’m also saving money. Plus, my clients are happier to meet in locations that are more convenient for them.”

    “ShearShare has been a life saver! As a traveling stylist, I enjoy being able to book temporary salon space in just a few clicks. It puts me at ease to know that I can service my out-of-town clients in a professional salon environment. This service is totally genius.”

    “I just graduated from beauty school. I love the idea of being able to pay daily instead of renting per week or month since I’m building up my clientele from scratch.”

    “I’m working on some projects outside of beauty, and I only want to work 2-3 days/week in a salon. ShearShare has been phenomenal for providing professional space whenever I need it.”

    “I’ve been working in LA for 12 years, and I’ve had clients move all over the metro area. Now I can meet my clients and work from gorgeous salons in different parts of town. I love it, and they love it!”

    “Moving to a new city was really daunting, but ShearShare gave me the opportunity to try out different salons and gradually build out a new clientele.”

    “I love the ability to be able to pop in wherever is most convenient to my clients. It’s also nice to break up the monotony of being in the same location every single day.”

    “I didn’t think I’d have many options to work as a new mom. But with ShearShare, I can move all my clients to 1-2 days in a salon, and then have my time with the family.”

    “I travel frequently and do a lot of destination weddings. I much prefer working in a professional space vs. a hotel room with terrible lighting and never enough plugs.”

    “My partner travels a lot for work. Now, I can come along and work in great salons all over the country!”

    “As a mobile stylist, ShearShare has made life worth living! It’s so simple to use and cuts the brunt work of trying to figure out new areas, salon environments, and availability in half.”

    “I use ShearShare because I need a new space to do skincare. Don’t want the commitment of opening my own place…been there, done that!”

  • Who can lease salon or barbershop space on the ShearShare app?

    Any beauty or barbering professional with a current cosmetology or barber license can book a ShearShare Host. If you are a licensed barber, hairstylist/hairdresser, colorist, esthetician, nail technician, massage therapist, or makeup artist, you can lease affordable salon and barbershop space near you on ShearShare! (Braiders and microblading artists included.)

  • How do I view available salons and barbershops to rent near me?

    Simple! Just download the free ShearShare app on either iOS app or Android app to get immediate access.

  • How much does it cost to rent a salon suite or barbershop station with ShearShare?

    It costs nothing to download the ShearShare platform and see all the available salon and barbershop space to lease near you. Once you find a Host salon or barbershop, the price you see on each listing is the price you pay! Daily rates for each Host are viewable by downloading either the ShearShare iOS app or Android app.

    To help cover the costs of running ShearShare, we charge a service fee every time a reservation is confirmed. The amount of the service fee varies and is based on a percentage of the reservation total. Service fees typically range between 7-15% but can be higher or lower depending on the region and reservation.

  • Is the backbar and towel service included in the daily rate?

    Yes, 99% of our salon and barbershop Hosts provide complimentary towel service and access to the backbar (shampoo/conditioner only). Details for each Host are included in their Listing Details on the ShearShare iOS app and Android app. If you have additional questions about Host retail products, you can message your Host from your ShearShare Inbox.

  • What if I have questions for the Host about my ShearShare reservation?

    We get it; questions come up! To message your Host directly from our iOS app and Android app, click on "Contact Host" from any listing screen. All messages from Hosts will appear in your ShearShare Inbox. Be sure to have push notifications enabled so you don’t miss any messages!

  • How do I book with ShearShare?

    It’s easy. Here’s a 1-minute video that walks through the process.
    Download our free iOS app or Android app.
    Open the app and type in the city where you want to work.
    Tap on “CHOOSE FILTERS” and select your preferred dates, workspace type, pricing, and amenities.
    Select a listing from the available inventory and tap on “BOOK.”
    Enter your payment details and tap on “DONE.”
    Congrats! You’ve just created a reservation request. You’ll be notified via push notification when your Host has accepted your request. Be sure that push notifications are enabled for ShearShare on your device.

  • When am I charged for my ShearShare booking?

    When you make a reservation request using the ShearShare app, we request your credit or debit card details. However, your mode of payment is not charged until the Host reviews and accepts your reservation (approval time varies by Host).

  • I’d like to rent temporary salon or barbershop space today. Is that an option?

    Yes and no. In order to help our Hosts better prepare for visiting cosmetologists and barbers, booking requests made via the ShearShare app require at least 24 hours notice.


    However, in many cases we may be able to fulfill your same-day request. If you fall into this category, please call our offices at (562) 7-SHEARS. One of our enthusiastic team members will be happy to assist!

  • What are my options for processing customer payments while on the go?

    As a visiting cosmetologist or barber, you are responsible for handling the payments of your customers. Most visiting stylists use 1stPayMobile or Square (or an alternative) for processing clients’ debit or credit cards.

    If you’re in need of a service to process mobile payments on the go, ShearShare has partnered with First American Payments to offer (1) FREE hardware/card reader and (2) the lowest processing fees in the industry! To learn more and to sign up, click here.

  • I made a ShearShare reservation but have not received confirmation. What do I do?

    If you have made a ShearShare reservation and not received acceptance of your booking within 48 hours, please dial us at (562) 7-SHEARS, and we’ll work to confirm your booking immediately.

  • I have a cosmetology or barber license, but it has expired. Am I still able to rent ShearShare space?

    No. In order to lease ShearShare space, you must have a current cosmetology or barber license.

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    Cancel up to 48 hours before your ShearShare stay to receive a full refund, minus an 8% fee. If you book within 24 hours and cancel, no refund will be remitted.

    ShearShare service fees are non-refundable. ShearShare bookings are by the day. If the visiting stylist reserves multiple days and decides to leave early after arrival, the days not spent in the salon or barbershop are not refunded.

    If there is a complaint from either the ShearShare Host or visiting stylist, notice must be given to ShearShare within 4 hours of checkin. ShearShare will mediate when necessary and has the final say in all disputes.

    A reservation is officially canceled when the visiting stylist completes two actions:
    (1) Clicks the cancellation button on the confirmation page, which you can find in Reservations > Reservation Details > Cancel
    (2) Sends an email to hello@shearshare.com listing your name, date canceling, and ShearShare Host name and location.

    Cancellation policies may be superseded by extenuating circumstances or cancellations by ShearShare for any other reason permitted under the Terms of Use. Please review these exceptions.

    For all VIP salon and barbershop rentals on ShearShare, cancellation policies vary host to host. Please revert to your reservation confirmation for details.

    If you need to change the date of your ShearShare stay, please notify our support team via text support or at support@shearshare.com. The first date change is complimentary. Because we are sensitive to the host’s schedule (some of whom clear their entire calendars when hosting), each date change thereafter will be $5 apiece. Thank you for understanding.

  • Host FAQ

  • As a host, how do I cancel my customized link subscription?

    First of all, we’re sad to see you go and hope that your customized direct link generated an abundance of new bookings! But we understand if you’ve changed your mind for now. To cancel your customized host subscription, please email us at hostlinks@shearshare.com by the 15th of the month prior to provide a written request to cancel. Please know that any monies charged in advance are not refundable.

  • What happens if I really like the visiting stylist and want to hire them?

    That’s great! Remember that our mission at ShearShare is to help beauty and barbering professionals maximize their earnings potential while keeping businesses open!  It really is a great outcome if both parties are thrilled that they found each other on ShearShare and want to make it long-term. We only ask that you let us know when you are offering a booth rent contract to the visiting stylist. Just email us at hello@shearshare.com 😉

  • I am a California salon or barbershop owner. How does the new Dynamex ruling affect me?

    One of the biggest questions we’ve received over the last few weeks is, “I’m a California salon owner. Can I still use ShearShare?”

    The answer? YES.

    Click here for a breakdown.

  • Why do salon and barbershop owners like ShearShare?

    “I usually have at least one empty chair, so it’s nice to be able to fill the space with a vetted stylist that I don't have to spend hours interviewing.”

    “ShearShare is now part of my sales pitch for new stylists when I lease my salon suites. Instead of turning them away because they can’t afford weekly booth rent, I tell them to book me on ShearShare.”

    “Signed up and in 48 hours had my first booking! Then a repeat in less than a month. Love this.”

    “ShearShare stylists are professional and have their own clientele. We don’t have to worry about new hire training. It’s really easy and convenient for us to host them.”

    “Using the app as a host is so rewarding! It’s easy to navigate, a great networking tool and a great way to earn extra revenue if/when I have empty chairs.”

    “It’s costly to run a salon, and this is a really nice way to lower my overhead.”

    “These days it’s difficult to get a stylist to sign a long-term contract. We’re using ShearShare to provide more flexibility, and it also helps us operate at full capacity.”

    “We care a lot about our shop culture, and we want to bring in barbers with the right energy. ShearShare is a great way to have them come in on a trial basis, to see how they work with the rest of our barbershop team.”

    “I’m always interested in new technology, and love trying out new platforms that can help to make our business successful.”

    “I sometimes rent out my entire salon for events, or when a celebrity wants privacy. ShearShare has been good for bringing us new opportunities to expand our network.”

  • Who can list space on the ShearShare platform?

    Any salon, barbershop, or spa owner with a registered business license can list their available space on ShearShare.

  • How do I list my salon studio, spa suites, or barbershop stations on ShearShare?

    The process is simple. To get started listing your salon studio, spa suites, or barbershop stations on the ShearShare app, please fill out this form. Once submitted, a member of our intake team will contact you to complete your listing.

    **Note: We are experiencing a record number of inquires and working hard to handle each one with attention and care. Please be patient with us, as the process to become an authorized ShearShare host may be longer than expected.

  • Is there a cost to list my empty stations or suites with ShearShare?

    Look, we're salon and barbershop owners just like you. And we understand the unique day-to-day challenges of our industry. So no, there is no cost to list your empty barber stations or salon suites on the ShearShare platform.

    For every booking accepted, Hosts are charged a 5% service fee plus a 3% credit card transaction fee (all fees are included in your daily rate shown). As a Host, you keep 80% of the daily rate every time you accept a booking request. We don't get paid until you get paid!

  • Do ShearShare stylists only work during a Host’s normal business hours?

    About 99% of stylists work during the Host’s normal business hours. However, if you’d like to extend business hours for your visiting stylist or barber, we can specify that time within the salon rules section of your listing.

  • As a Host, do I need to provide access to the backbar and towel service?

    Yes, most of our salons and barbershops provide these services and price their daily rates accordingly. You can provide specific details about your services when you create the Listing Details for your space.

  • How do I choose a daily rate for my space?

    You can view available salons and barbershops in your city via our iOS app or Android app to get a sense for daily rates in your area. If you have additional questions, our pricing team will work with you during the onboarding process.

  • Does ShearShare provide advertising support for its Hosts?

    Yes. Once our ShearShare Hosts approve their listing(s), our team will post a promotion on our company Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook channels. Here is an example.

  • How soon can my salon suite or barbershop station for rent be listed on the ShearShare app?

    **Please note: We are currently experiencing an increase in new host applications, so timing may vary**

    Once you’ve filled out the Host application and uploaded your photos, our intake team will begin the review and approval process. You may receive an email from our Operations team to gather additional details. Within 3 business days of your response, you will be notified that your listing is ready for review. IMPORTANT FIRST STEP: Please be sure to download the ShearShare app and sign in. Your mobile number has to be registered in our system in order for us to create your listing.

  • As a ShearShare Host, how do I receive notification that I have a booking request?

    Make sure that you have downloaded the ShearShare iOS app or Android app, signed in, and that push notifications are enabled for ShearShare. Booking notifications go straight to your phone.

    Once a booking request for your listing has been made, the ShearShare app will send a push notification to your mobile device. When you receive the notification, open the ShearShare app, go to “Requests” to review the booking request for daily booth rental, and then tap either accept or reject.

  • What information can I review about the stylist or barber before accepting their reservation?

    When you receive a booking request, you’ll be able to review the stylist’s photo, ShearShare rating, licensed specialty, years of experience, and a personal introduction.

  • Is there a way to have multiple admins for a single Host?

    No. At this time, only one mobile number can be associated with a single Host account.

  • Should I expect to receive a tax form from ShearShare?

    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires U.S. companies that process payments, including ShearShare, to report gross earnings for all U.S. users who earn over $20,000 and have 200+ transactions within the calendar year. If you exceed both IRS thresholds in a calendar year, we will issue you a Form 1099-K.

    We encourage you to consult a tax professional for assistance reporting your income.

  • Are background checks performed on ShearShare users?

    No. Background checks–either for the visiting cosmetologist/barber or the Host–are at the sole discretion of the user.

    ShearShare is a matching service, must like monster.com or match.com, where we only allow licensed beauty professionals to use the ShearShare platform. Once a booking request has been made, ShearShare connects the stylist to the Host to discuss specifics. At that time, each individual is free to go through any additional vetting and/or background checks.

  • How do I receive payments from ShearShare?

    ShearShare hosts are paid electronically through PayPal. You can open a PayPal account here.

  • Advertise FAQ

  • Can ShearShare design my Ad Creatives for me?

    Yes! Our in-house team can design your in-app creatives. We can also create custom video, blog, and email content on your behalf.

    Of course, our ad specs are always available to our partners if you choose to design the creatives internally.

  • How fast will it take me to launch a campaign?

    As part of our onboarding process, we will provide an onboarding document where creatives and specific copy/messaging can be provided. Once we have this information, ads can be launched within 24-48 hours.

  • What types of advertisements can I run?

    Stylists and owners can view your ads as banners, inline ads, or static promos in the app. We can also send email blasts and text notifications to our user base, write blog posts, or even make videos on our YouTube channel. You decide the medium and the scope of your campaign.

  • How much does it cost?

    Pricing varies based on the markets in which your ads are displayed, as well as the mediums you choose to leverage. Feel free to reach out to jenny@shearshare.comfor a detailed proposal.

  • How do I track performance?

    Advertisers have access to ShearShare Ads reports that provide performance data on everything from impressions and CTR to conversion tracking. 

  • How do I get started?

    Just send us a message to jenny@shearshare.comwith ShearShare Ads as the subject line. Or feel free to contact us via our Advertisers page.

  • How does it work?

    Work with the ShearShare ads team to communicate your brand to our community of professionals. As a turnkey solution, we launch the ads on your behalf and continually optimize and report on performance. Advertisers can access regular reports as well.

  • What is ShearShare Ads?

    Advertise with us! Hyper focus your marketing reach with ShearShare. Leverage our exclusive network of independent stylists and salon and barbershop owners. No other platform has the focus and reach that we do. Our stylists span across 570+ cities and growing!