Once you complete massage therapy school, you have two options. The first option is to begin your own business and the second is to join an established one. However, the first option is not that easy for a new therapist, which is why a majority of people prefer the second option and get a job at a massage therapy facility; at least initially. Nevertheless, you have to consider many things before getting a job as a massage therapist.
The most important thing that you should look at is that the facility where you have applied for a job is well renowned. This is because you can learn a lot at the right establishment. They should have the best standards in the industry and they should provide the best service to their clients.
In addition to learning business specific matters, you could also get valuable insight into the industry at large. You will learn how to deal with clients, identify authentic products from counterfeit ones, etc. But most importantly, you will learn whether or not you have what it takes to handle opening your own massage therapy practice.
Many individuals are simply not cut out to begin their own practice. This may simply be because they are not able to handle the stress or deal with certain types of clients. There are a few things which you should think about to determine whether or not you are ready to begin your own business.
Your Ability to Handle Stress
There are many individuals who are not able to handle the stress of being an entrepreneur. They can work to the best of their abilities at even the most challenging of organizations. However, when it comes to dealing with a lot of things at once, it becomes quite complicated.
If you are currently working at a massage therapy facility and want to open your own practice, this is one thing you should consider. You should analyze yourself and see how well you can handle various stressful situations. One of the best times to check this is during the holiday seasons as this is when the massage therapy facilities are their busiest.
Moreover, you should consider your household as well. In some cases, individuals have a lot of domestic responsibilities. This may not enable them to handle the stress of owning a practice of their own.
Dealing with Coworkers
As an entrepreneur you might have to deal with many individuals on a daily basis. However, the most interaction you will have with is with your employees. It is not easy to deal with different types of people. Moreover, your employees may also come to you with their problems.
This is why you have to learn how to deal with your coworkers. In addition to this, you also have to learn how to handle disputes amongst your coworkers. A great way to learn about this is to ask your current employer to give you various employees to handle (if you are in a senior enough position) and also notice how the boss handles thing.
Not only will you learn a thing or two about managing your own business, you will be able to analyze yourself. You will get to know whether or not you will be able to manage your employees. It may not be easy to get such responsibilities from your employer; which is why you should consider volunteering instead of looking for a promotion.
Dealing with Clients
Even as an employee at a massage therapy facility you will need to deal with various types of clients. Some clients are extremely nice, while others can be difficult to deal with. If you are working at a facility as a therapist, you can always ask for help in dealing with a difficult client. You can even switch clients with colleagues in case you are having problems.
However, these are issues that you will have to deal with on your own if you begin your own practice. Another reason why dealing with clients is important is because this is a customer oriented profession.
It involves dealing with clients face to face and providing them with exceptional service. This is why you should try and deal with clients as much as possible. Client handling skills do not come naturally to many people. In fact, you may have to learn how to deal with clients. Of course, it takes time and immense patience; but once you learn how to handle clients, everything else becomes easier.
Knowledge About the Massage Industry
Every industry has its essentials. In order to operate your own business you have to know about the ins and outs of the profession. Similarly, you have to know about the massage therapy industry to begin your own practice. Massage therapy requires using many types of products.
To provide good results, those products have to be of the best quality. There are quite a few counterfeit products available in the market nowadays. This is why one of the most important things to learn about is identifying original products from counterfeit ones.
Another important thing to consider is hiring good employees. You will have to interview and select good employees for your business. In order for you to handle this aspect efficiently, you should have great command over massage therapy yourself. This will allow you to identify hardworking and efficient employees.
As an entrepreneur you will have to deal with many things at once. First and foremost you will have to ensure everything at your facility is running smoothly. In addition to this, you may have to deal with clients from time to time. There are many maintenance aspects that an owner has to deal with as well.
To ensure that you handle everything smoothly, you have to be able to multitask. This is because you will have to handle everything along with your personal responsibilities. You may find yourself dealing with a couple of things at once and only if you are good at multitasking will you be able to handle these aspects. In addition to all this, you will have to make sure that everything is organized.
You have to keep in mind that, like any other business, beginning your own massage therapy practice involves taking numerous risks. There is no guarantee that your business will flourish. Therefore, you have to be prepared for every eventuality. However, if you work hard enough and are up for the fun challenges, you have every chance of being successful.
Here are some real world inspirational examples of massage therapists who have started successful businesses:
- Yoga and Ayurvedic business
- Innovative product business born out of necessity
- Traditional brick and mortar massage business
- Invaluable advice when getting into business
- Corporate chair massage business
- A case of a business owner and part time employee/contractor on the side
- One person / owner operated mobile massage business