Tipping is a topic many of us wrestle with throughout the
year, and especially during the holiday season.
But trying to figure out who to tip, and how much can be
Angie's list asked some highly rated service providers to
'Tis the season for giving... and tipping.
"The general rule with tipping at a salon is that there
are no rules about tipping, in general. We are similar to the restaurant
business where around 20 percent is generally what's accepted. But I would say
that tips often reflect how well we do our job," said Jennifer Barker, a salon
Tipping is pretty standard in the restaurant and personal
But what about people who help with your home – like your
plumber or handyman? Do they expect tips?
"I would say maybe a quarter to a half of our business
that gives us either my company or my workers tips. It's not expected
necessarily, but we always appreciate it," said Ryan Curry, a landscaper.
Angie's List says you don't always have to give a gift of
cash to show your gratitude.
"Tips come in many different forms. I've had a customer
oftentimes, I've had customers cook us dinner, we've been given sports tickets,"
Or, write a letter to the service provider's company telling
them what a great job they've done.
That might lead to a holiday bonus.
"The best form of appreciation that customers can show
me is by having me back for more projects at their own property in the near
future and also just referrals to friends, family, neighbors," said Curry.
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