For an aspiring massage therapist, the idea of being your own boss, making your own hours and building your own business from the ground up may seem like a dream, but with the right training and preparation it can become a reality. To open the doors of your own business and keep them open, you’ll need entrepreneurial flair and skills in addition to your quality massage therapy training. Don’t expect to become rich in your first month of operation! First, you’ll have to develop a decent client base, which doesn’t happen overnight.
Before opening their own businesses, many new massage therapists with massage therapy certification choose to pursue work in existing Massage Therapy, Chiropractic or multidisciplinary clinics, to gain experience and see how these organizations handle affairs, what they do well and what they could do better. The more adventurous start out on their own, possibly creating a particular niche or offering an attractive pricing option in attempt to build a strong reputation and client base.
In any case, building a business from scratch takes determination, initiative and a positive attitude. You’ll need effective communication skills, a client-oriented approach and hard work to set yourself apart from the competition. You should also be well-organized, especially in regards to financial matters. Running your own enterprise will require you to file taxes, invest in supplies and equipment, and keep financial records up to date. Fortunately, OVCMT's Massage Therapy Diploma includes all of the relevant training and experience you'll need to succeed in these matters, including a business course and our on-site student clinic. In the latter, students have the opportunity to understand a clinic's daily operations by being involved with the client bookings, reception, payment, records and file management, and even the on-site laundry service for clinic linens.
The first year of running your own operation is often the most difficult. No processes are in place, which means each challenge is an entirely new problem to solve. When you’re in charge, it’s particularly important to stay focused and positive, as worries can quickly sap your energy and motivation. Instead, set yourself mini-goals on your way to a bigger objective. By breaking down your goals into smaller, individual tasks that can be tackled one by one, you’ll feel more in control and less like you’re trying to do everything at once. Remember, it won’t be perfect right away! It’s more than likely that problems will emerge that you hadn’t anticipated or planned for. Just do your best and concentrate on what you have control over.
Some additional tips to stay healthy and focused as you establish your practice:
That being said, there is great demand for businesses featuring a registered massage therapist. If you have outstanding skills, good business sense and love helping clients improve their wellbeing, you can have a tremendous career as an entrepreneur in the field of massage therapy.