It’s the ultimate dream to go out on your own and open a studio, spa or even work from home. Having done so my self and had some friends ask for advise I have comprised a list of how to and what to do.
First, get the legal stuff together. I know this isn’t the fun part, but it is necessary. Creating your LLC or Incorporating is the first step and one of the most important ones. I used LegalZoom and they made it a lot easier and explained which avenue was best for my business. This can be time consuming but in order to have the foundation, it is vital. Afterward create a DBA and make sure to check the Trade Mark Registry before hand to protect yourself from lawsuits.
After you have your business formulated it is time to come up with a business plan. Some would do this first, but I chose to get the fine print area worked out first. If you are planning on working from home check your areas laws regarding what needs to be done. Some states have state wide regulation and others have city regulations. There are numerous books out there that can help with this. Additionally get in touch with your areas small business council, they have a treasure trove of insights and tips to help you get all your ducks in a row.
Now, it is time for INSURANCE!!!!!!! If you do not have liability insurance for your massage practice get it. GET INSURNCE even if you work for a larger spa or massage clinic. Check out all the ones available to you and see what they have to offer. Make sure to add the additionally insured for the establishment.
It’s time for the fun stuff!!!!! Finding a Location! This is key. Even if you are working from home, finding the right space can mean the difference between working in your happy place and being in a dungeon. To best asset what type of square footage you need, draw a diagram to see what works. After you figure out what square footage is needed you can omit locations that don’t match.
Getting your SOAP program. It is imperative that you have a good record keeping plan in place, plenty of software allows a stream line way of doing this, but so does a notebook. I have used Land software in the past but the moment your computer goes down your notes are gone. Massage Book has a free version and is easy to use.
I will go over the supply run in another post, so for now have fun and remember that you are in control of your own destiny.