Does your club charge you for being the stringer?

jamesy

New User
Hey guys,

Quick question - I just wondered whether if you are a club stringer/coach, you get charged by your club to be the stringer?

I’m in a situation now where the club are demanding a rent from me after. Is this normal?

Cheers,
J.
 

buckeye_man18

New User
Do you string AT the club? Is it your machine? If you have your own machine, do it at home and give the members your business card. There is no basis for the club to charge you "rent" in that situation. Depending on the amount of the rent, I would simply stop stringing for them.
 
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jamesy

New User
Do you string AT the club? Is it your machine? If you have your own machine, do it at home and give the members your business card. There is no basis for the club to charge you "rent" in that situation. Depending on the amount of the rent, I would simply stop stringing for them.
Yes it’s my machine but I currently have it at the club. Good advise thanks!
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
Are you an employee of the club or an independent contractor? I'd say if you're an independent, your equipment is at the club and your clientele are club members some rent is probably reasonable.
 

MAX PLY

Hall of Fame
In my experience, clubs typically charge some sort of fee for any on-site stringing service assuming they are not providing such services directly themselves. How and what they charge typically depends on how much space you take up, where that space is, who supplies the machine, do you have access to the membership data base, do members pay you directly or do they go through the club, etc. Sometimes it's simply a monthly fee like rent. Other times, that fee may be a per service fee (e.g., $ [X] per string job, $[ ] per grip, etc.)--it all depends. That stated, it strikes me a extremely reasonable for the club to charge for the opportunity to string for the members---the right deal can mean real money for both you and the club.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
If your name is out there, take your stuff home. Folks will come to you. Surely the club won't charge for pick up and drop off.
 

gmatheis

Hall of Fame
Most clubs I know of have their own machine and pay their employees per racquet strung in addition to their hourly wage. But they pay the stringer less than they charge.
So maybe they charge $15 labor and pay the employee $8. It's a pretty good deal if the employee can string 2 racquets per hour and get hourly+$16.

So yes you are providing your own equipment, but the club is bringing the business to you. Maybe you deserve a bigger cut for using your own machine but they still deserve something.

If your name is out there, take your stuff home. Folks will come to you. Surely the club won't charge for pick up and drop off.
If I own the club I'm sure as hell not providing pick up and drop off free of charge for someone else to make money - They are creating the demand, they are entitled to some of the profits.
 
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Chadillac

Guest
Yep, pro shop rental was $600 a month at my old place.

They provide a roof, water and ac. Rent is justified. You pay that or a %, most clubs went to flat rate because of funny bookkeeping
 

gmatheis

Hall of Fame
Yep, pro shop rental was $600 a month at my old place.

They provide a roof, water and ac. Rent is justified. You pay that or a %, most clubs went to flat rate because of funny bookkeeping
If they can provide 4+ racquets a day that's a good deal.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
If I own the club I'm sure as hell not providing pick up and drop off free of charge for someone else to make money - They are creating the demand, they are entitled to some of the profits.
Sorry, I agree. The OP made it sound like there wasn't another option at the club.
 
Our club pro does the stringing. People brought them to me because they didn't like the way he strung, or it would take him too long. Often, I would go up to the club to pick up their rackets if they needed me to. The club pro got the board to forbid me from picking up rackets on the club's property. Now, people just have to bring them to my house.
 

Tennis_dude101

Semi-Pro
I stuck a notice up on the board at my club(after asking permission of course), I didn't offer nor have I been asked for a fee.
I string at home and have never had a problem, I've even strung a few for the club coach.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
Our club pro does the stringing. People brought them to me because they didn't like the way he strung, or it would take him too long. Often, I would go up to the club to pick up their rackets if they needed me to. The club pro got the board to forbid me from picking up rackets on the club's property. Now, people just have to bring them to my house.
My story is the same except the club I belong to doesn't care. They have a stringer, but even some of the pros send me their frames. :)
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
Are you interfering with the club's own stringing/ pro shop business?

Your situation sounds unfair to the club because you are using their resources (roof, lighting, garbage, etc) but then pocketing everything yourself. As long as the "rent" is reasonable, sounds like a good deal for you since it is very convenient for you to just string racquets there and not have to transport them back and forth. Some other ways of handling this business might be: allowing other employees to use your stringer, stringing on behalf of the club in which they receive some profit, or stringing for their employees. I mean clubs look down upon people giving lessons for money on the clubs courts when the club has teaching professionals. This stringing situation sounds like it should be treated similarly
 

max

Legend
I got into stringing for myself because the club charged a very large fee for syn gut stringing ($25 in 1998) and it would take two weeks before whatever member was stringing would take the frame home, string it and get it back. And I've have to drive to the club and back to pick it up; just a nuisance.

When they did a **** job, I just said, "enough's enough."

I think the best situation is for the club staff to string on their down time.
 

struggle

Legend
Our club couldn't keep a stringer. They have a machine, but no one decent to use it in house (the pro's aren't interested).
So most of the business goes to one particular guy (he's certified, yada yada), but there are several
of us who string here and there for members and friends. The club doesn't want to fuss with it, so in reality
there is no competition for them.
 
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