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Massage Therapy and the Entrepreneur

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Massage Therapy and the Entrepreneur

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573

Summary:
The demand for massage therapists is growing. Does this translate into
real opportunities for serious financial gain and career growth?


Keywords:
massage, massage therapy, massage school, career, business opportunities


Article Body:
Some people enter massage school to help others through the power of
healing touch. Some attend massage school to work in a particular field
such as sports medicine or in a spa environment. Others receive massage
training to satisfy a different ambition. They want to:

¨    Own their own business
¨    Be their own boss
¨    Make a lot of money

The massage industry is not immune to capitalistic instincts. Nor should
it be.

Many massage schools tout the income potential of a career as a massage
therapist. Income projections for a good massage therapist range from
$50-$75 per hour. That translates to about $65,000-$100,000 a year
depending on the number of clients served each day. This also requires
that you are working independently and managing your own client base.

As attractive as a six-figure salary for providing massage therapy may
be, the reality is that the median income for a massage therapist is
$35,000. Many massage therapists only work part-time and quite a few are
working in spas or health clubs as an employee or sub-contractor. So
apparently, the big money in massage therapy goes to those that own their
own business and practice full time.

So can you make big bucks as a massage therapist?

It is definitely possible to make a quite decent living as a massage
therapist. But don’t expect to strike it rich right out of massage
school. You will have to build up a fairly substantial client base and
that doesn’t happen overnight. Many new massage therapists go to work in
a spa or health club to gain experience and build a reputation. Others
perform massages for a very low fee or even for free just to get some
buzz going about their capabilities. It can be a slow go once a therapist
is out on their own and quite a few massage therapists call it quits as a
full time enterprise early on.
As in any business it is usually the person that works the hardest and
provides the best service that becomes successful. It takes patience and
perseverance to build a business from scratch. It also takes some decent
business skills. A self-employed massage therapist should be prepared to
spend time managing financial records, keeping licenses current, filing
taxes appropriately and treating their massage therapy practice like the
business enterprise it is.

If starting at square one and taking the slow road to success is not
appealing you may want to consider jump-starting your massage business by
making an investment in a massage franchise. For a mere $39,000 you can
become the proud owner of a Massage Envy franchise.
Massage Envy is a hot new franchise that currently boasts 101 units in
operation with a total of 274 franchise units awarded. The company offers
a recognized brand, training program and ongoing support for franchisees.
Each Massage Envy clinic offers a variety of massage modalities and is
open 7 days a week. As an owner you would employ multiple massage
therapists. Heck, you don’t even have to be a massage therapist to own a
massage business like this one.

There is no doubt that the demand for massage is growing rapidly and the
need for massage therapists will grow right along with it. Those
therapists with excellent massage skills, good business sense and a
dedication to service can expect to make a comfortable living. Others can
take satisfaction in helping others to deal with pain and stress while
making some decent part-time income.

								
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