Start Your Own Massage Business with These Four Tips

This is a post from outside contributor, Nancy Evans

Massage has been shown to help people in many different ways. It can help to loosen tight muscles, relax the body to maximize recovery after an accident or some form of physical trauma, and can help with overall anxiety. If you trained as a masseuse and are looking to start your own massage business so that you can be your own boss, there are steps that you need to take in order to ensure that you are successful. The following guide walks you through the things you need to do to ensure that your massage business is a success.

Get the Proper Equipment

When you start a massage business, you need to invest in a portable massage chair that you can take to different locations. It’s important to choose a chair that is light enough for you to be able to easily carry it on your own. You also need to be sure that it folds down to a small enough size to fit into the vehicle you plan to use for transportation. You may also want to invest in candles, a small radio, and an air diffuser to help you create a good ambiance in any space where you plan to massage.

Properly Market Your Business

When first starting a business, you will be on a budget. You need to be sure to make the most of any free advertising that you can get. Social media and word of mouth are both great options when it comes to advertising your business because they are often free or very inexpensive. It’s best to run specials so that people are willing to give you a try because they feel that they are getting a discount on your services.

Talk Directly to Business that Could Use Your Services

There are some businesses who could benefit from massage services being offered within their establishments. For example, many gyms offer massages to their clients because scientific studies have shown that massage therapy can be very beneficial when it comes to weight loss. Consider talking to gym owners in the area about coming to their gym one or two days a week to give their clients massages. You can make arrangements to have the gym pay you directly so that you do not have to worry about having each customer pay you individually.

Be Willing to Travel

There are many times when businesses have retreats where they hire a masseuse to come and provide massage therapy to their employees. Being willing to travel to the retreats could open you up to a lot more business. Be sure to have a contract created ahead of time for the business owner to sign so that they are contractually obligated to pay you regardless of how many people use your services.

When you start your own massage business, it’s important to start off small. It’ll take time for people to know who you are and even more time for you to start making profits from the business. Once your business is established, you’ll be able to make your own schedule and only work with the people that you really want to work with. You’ll have more freedom and be able to live a more fulfilling life doing what you really love to do on a daily basis.

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