Starting a full or part time massage practice

Many people who start a business decide to take the full risk and dive right in. In all honesty this is not the smart or responsible way to go when opening a business. The ideal position would be to start a business as a part time venture and then when you feel that the business can support you financially, you can leave your other source of income and run the business full time. This is where massage therapy opposed to other fields excels.
A massage therapy practice does not have to be opened nine to five everyday to be successful. For this reason you may start your business with one or two clients a week and use any free time you have to continue building a client base. There is still a risk in this tactic because this would be extremely difficult if your other source of income is a full time job. The last thing you want is to start abandoning the work at your full time job only to get fired and lose the security that it once provided.
The optimum situation would be a 50/50 split where you spend half of your time at a part time job that is at least paying the bills in the short term and the other half of your time spent completely on growing your new practice. The other benefit that this tactic gives is fear, not a lot of fear, but just enough not to have the complete security of a full time job. The importance of this fear is that it forces you to have the mindset that you have no choice but to succeed in your business. You will find that with this combination of the slight fear of not having a full time job and the reassurance of your goals, you will become the best promoter of your business. You will focus all you have on making your business survive.
The time to leave your job and run your business full time is totally subjective to each individual business owner because everyone’s financial comfort level is different. Once this level is reached, you can leave your job and manage your practice full time. The time commitment at the beginning may be more than a full time job, but remember that the possibilities are endless. Being an entrepreneur allows you the benefit of setting your own schedule. In a year or two down the road you may be able to cut your business down to only working three days a week or maybe expand to another location and grow that business part time until it is self sufficient.
I hope that this article is helping you realize that when you own your own practice, you are your own boss. No one can tell you how you should run your business or how many hours you have to work. Your only limitations are those that you set for yourself, and if you truly follow the entrepreneurial spirit, the idea of limitations will be gone forever.

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