Basics:

Priv connects traveling personal care specialists, from manicurists to massage therapists, with customers

Expected pay: $36 to $100+ per hour

Husl$core: $$$$

Commissions & fees: 20% – 40%

Where: Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Illinois, Texas, California, Washington, D.C., Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee

Requirements: Appropriate licenses; pass an interview and a skills demonstration

What is Priv?

Priv, formerly known as BeGlammed, enlists personal care experts ranging from cosmetologists to personal trainers to travel to customers looking for personal care on location. Sometimes those locations are hotels or movie sets; other times, they’re simply in the client’s home.

How it works

Providers of personal services, which include all types of cosmetology, personal training, massage, facials and ear piercing, sign up and schedule a video interview. If that goes well, your next step will be to do a “technical audition” on a live model. You’ll need appropriate credentials for the service that you’re offering, too, of course.

If you’re accepted, the site will notify you when it has a client in your neighborhood. You can accept or ignore potential assignments. The site has no exclusive claim to your services. You can work elsewhere and/or run your own salon.

Priv review

If you provide personal care services — massages to manicures — you should know about Priv. Priv arranges on-site personal care appointments for people who are getting prepared for everything from weddings to television appearances.

The site connects with the customers and simply puts the assignments out for its bevy of freelance providers, taking a cut of the revenue in exchange for marketing, payment collection and scheduling.

Bookings

When you accept a Priv booking, you’ll earn 60% to 80% of the amount the customer pays. Customers pay handsomely for the services, so that’s generally going to work out to a nice hourly rate.

For instance, hair styling (sans cut) runs between $60 and $95. So you’re earning between $36 and $76, depending on the service and the commission for that particular job.

Makeup services run $95 – $135, so the stylist walks away with $57 to $108. Massage? That costs the client $115 – $175, so the therapist should walk away with a minimum of $69 for the least costly one-hour treatment.

Priv pays professionals within 3 to 5 days following the appointment.

Costs

To be sure, the professionals here pay for their own equipment and transportation to and from these jobs. That adds both time and expense to the job. However, even with aggressive cost and travel-time assumptions, this platform should still deliver better-than-average hourly pay.

On the other hand…

Sometimes when clients order multiple services, the app books these appointments at the same time. That leaves the second specialist sitting around (without extra pay) waiting for the first appointment to be completed.

Service providers can also be fined for cancelling appointments without sufficient notice. (Given that special occasions can’t be rescheduled at the last minute, this makes some sense.)

That said, Priv pays better than its main competitor, GlamSquad. We also commend Priv for being transparent with its terms for stylists, where GlamSquad is not.

Recommendations

If you’re willing to travel to provide cosmetology and wellness services, we think this is a great place to sign up. You may also want to check out StyleSeat, which can help you manage your own salon bookings.

What their stylists say (from Indeed)

“This company is a great place to for work! i’ve been with them since the beginning and although I’m not there as much, I enjoy working for them on events which they have regularly. I love what I do and how they pay their employees. If you are a motivated person and are looking for extra income, this place is great, plus the clientele is upscale and friendly.”

“They don’t pay you on time and there are lots of same-day cancellations that will leave you without pay at all. Just be weary of their unprofessionalism when applying. When it’s good its good. When it’s bad it’s horrible.”

“Fair commission and good tips.”

(from Glassdoor)

You can schedule when you want and the pay is great.

Be your own boss, accept clients when you get paid weekly! But it’s more of part time job. You’d need another job still.

“You need to be close to your phone to get gigs, which is hard for people who have another job.”

“You make your own schedule. the other companies i work for put you on a schedule and you are supposed to stick to it. Beglammed [now Priv] just books appointments and you take them if you want them. its great if you’re slow in the salon and something comes in. The girls in the office are awesome too.”

“If you do both hair and makeup, its better because there are times you will do both on an appointment. I work for glam squad too and they only let you do one or the other.”

Great experience

“I was one of the first artists to be hired by beGlammed when they launched in L.A. nearly 3 years ago. My experience working with them has always been positive. As a freelance artist, consistent work is hard to come by, and beGlammed has provided me with opportunities to fill in gaps in my schedule.”

“Truly has been a great experience for me. I’m so very thankful for everyone there.”

“The pay is great especially if you are top tier (elite), if you see a lower tier you don’t have to take if its too far from you. I have had some great opportunities with beGlammed, like styling celebrities and doing photo shoots and events. I am now spoiled cause there is no way in hell I can go back to salon life.”

*Updated 1/23/2023

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