For Choosing the Career of Massage Therapist Choosing to be a massage therapist can lead to a rewarding career with many options. Whether you choose to be self-employed and start up your own business or be employed by someone else, there is money to be made in this type of career.
How does working in a spa, or on a cruise ship sound? There are so many places that are hiring massage therapists such as hotels, chiropractor offices, health clubs, resorts and many other locations. If you’re looking to pay out a percentage of your charges for massage to be in one of these locations, that’s not such a bad thing. Just think, you’ll have no overhead costs.
On the other hand, if you have always wanted to have a business of your own you could open your own location and be self-employed. Being self-employed requires a lot of stamina and staying power as everything is not rosy. You’ll have to struggle in the beginning building up your clientele. There will be some good months and some bad months as far as income goes so having a second source of part time income may be necessary.
It’s really not as easy as some people make it out to be starting up your own massage therapy practice. Generally, it takes about five years, give or take, to build up a descent clientele base as a massage therapist. Even in cities with over a million in population. Are you up for it? Location, location, location… When trying to build up a client base this is the most important thing to remember. Yes, you may get a cheaper leasing space in the industrial area but if no one sees your business signs or if they don’t want to go to the industrial area you won’t make any money. Choose your location wisely. Setting up in a mall may cost more but you will build up your clientele so much quicker. Hey, you can always move to a cheaper location after you have all the clientele you need, and if you’re that good of a massage therapist your clients will follow you anywhere.
Even setting up a chair massage at your local airport or mall could bring in lots of clients. When looking at starting your own business think about what your strengths and weaknesses are and outsource all the areas you feel may be best suited to others doing the tasks such as bookkeeping, taxes, and marketing. This will free up your time to focus on clients and personally promoting your business.
Another option once you have built up a sustainable clientele is to work out of your home. No overhead, no giving up a percentage of your work and working all in the comfort of your own home. How great would that be… just be sure to get a home-based business license if your area allows this.
Whatever choice you make in your career as a massage therapist there’s no better way to get a feel for what this career choice really entails than talking to a few long-term massage therapists. Pick up the phone and start asking some questions. Most massage therapists would be honored that you asked them for their opinions.