Most massage therapists start their own massage business. That is one thing that many massage schools seem to forget to tell you! It is much more rewarding both financially and emotionally/mentally, but it isn't for everyone.
Starting your own massage therapy business takes planning and initiative. Many start out working for someone so that they can learn how to do it. While there are many things you can to when you are just starting out to get clients in the door, it is easier when your beliefs are in line with your actions. It makes your actions more efficient.
The first thing to do is to sit down and create your vision of your Ideal Massage Practice. In doing this and working towards creating your ideal massage practice you can help increase your chances of success and longevity. Burnout is one of the constant challenges for massage professionals and the way to avoid it is to start right from the beginning in taking care of your needs first before others. Knowing what you value and what is important to you is the basis for creating your ideal massage business.
And when you get busy enough - how to find and hire employees or sub-contractors.
It is important that you think of it as a business. Some people start out not taking it seriously enough or they work too hard in the business rather than on the business. For a business to be successful you have to be able to pay the bills and take a draw from the business to pay your own personal bills, take vacations, plan for slow times and sick days as well as retirement. What is hard for most massage therapists is understanding that your time is valuable and that it is charging for your time. Because massage is such a caring and compassionate business, some massage therapists find it hard to charge what they need to make and find it hard to charge for things like missed appointments.
See also:Starting your mobile massage practice
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