Working for yourself as a massage therapist. Part 2

Alright, so now you have all the legal mambo jumbo taken care of and you want to get to the good stuff. How do I decorate my suite to make it welcoming?  What products should I use and where do I get them? How do I set my schedule? How do I advertise?

First, take a deep breath. Now exhale. Better? Good. The best way I have found to figure out what style your massage suite should have is to troll Pinterest.  Be careful because you can go down a rabbit hole of high end spas with endless budgets and get disparaged. Find a theme and hunt up deals. Discount stores such as Home Goods, Marshalls and Ross have fantastic décor.

When it comes to products the best thing to do is find something that works with different skin types. We recommend Foster(10) All Purpose Massage Cream. It comes in Unscented, Lemongrass Sage and Lavender Mint will be out later this year. Also take time to consider linens, as material can make a huge difference. Plain old Cotton works perfectly and is very inexpensive. If you have a little more budget in that area try a cotton bamboo blend. Massage Warehouse and other massage supply stores will have you covered in that department. As for music, CD’s are inexpensive but can get repetitive, try Amazon prime music, Spotify or Pandora.

As for Scheduling, I used the old fashioned appointment book for years and it never failed me. When I started traveling to other locations I had to go main stream and get online scheduling set up. Certain massage insurance companies have a online schedule built into the price and it also includes SOAP notes which is essential to all massage therapists. Set up your schedule that works best for you. Most therapist work with 15 minute gaps between clients. I work with at least 30 minutes. This may seem like an absurd amount of time but hear me out, I like to discuss everything done in the treatment, make sure they drink some water in front of me and answer any questions that may come up and leave plenty of time to properly clean between each person. This is completely up to you and what you are comfortable working with.

Advertising. Eck. Yuck. Nope, don’t want to do it. Well you have to, and it’s not as scary as it sounds. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have made this the easiest thing to do. Posting pictures and specials daily help build an audience you can continually profit from. I don’t recommend newspapers or magazines right out of the gate as they can become expensive and time consuming.

Above all else remember that your craft is all you need. water.jpg

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