Freedom Suites, a co-working community for hair and beauty freelancers, is the salon industry’s future, and they’ll be opening a second Brisbane location come October. The new property is 342sqm with a ten year lease, building on an established international concept that has achieved success in the US. The initiative’s first Australian hub is 95 per cent full after 12 months of operation, speaking to the concept’s national potential as well, while a third site for later this year is also in the works.

The concept was discovered by managing director Rebecca Randle on a trip to the US, and she now has a plan to open 15 sites nationally over the next three years.

“Our Stones Corner location is the first on the Brisbane’s southside and will be double the size of our first Caxton Street location with 19 rooms,” Rebecca said. “We lease a large space which does not necessarily require retail frontage – a high percentage of our freelancers are already established. We build a high quality, expensive fitout and are therefore in it for the long term. The upcoming Stones Corner site design will be a blend between Industrial and Contemporary Manhattan Loft with polished concrete floors, exposed brick, wood, granite, glass and steel.”

“This location was chosen because it is a hub of hair and beauty salons and only 10 minutes from the CBD and 15 mins from two major shopping centres – Carindale and Garden City,” she continued.  “It is predominately residential, restaurants and H&B services – a great sign that it is a place where our freelancers would want to work.”

Each of the locations does and will consist of 10 to 20 top-tier, lockable, boutique salon suites that are available for freelancers to rent on a monthly or yearly basis, full time or part time, with no lengthy lock-in contracts, personal guarantees or major upfront costs. Suites start at $495 a week, and they’re all fully equipped and ready for freelancers to use from the get-go. They include constant access and can be customised so each freelancer can stay true to their own brand, product, services and prices.

“Being positioned in a high traffic location of mixed-use retail, and offering a flexible tenancy configuration, this site attracted gym and Pilates operators, as well as restaurant and café operators,” said Harry Dever from Colliers International, who negotiated the 10-year lease deal with a 5-year option.. “Freedom Suites is the perfect business for the location as they complement the retail mix and will inject more life into the precinct.”

By prioritising the professional in its customisation, efficiency, convenience and titular freedom, Freedom Suits is truly the future for freelancers.

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