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Aloha,

I am taking the State Certification test on September 1st. I am planning on making massage the source of my primary income. Is this realistic. I've noticed that many MT's have supplemental incomes. I also need to provide myself with medical. There are so many things that I need to think about, but I am starting to get overwhelmed. Does anybody have any advice on how to get started? Where should I start after I do get certified?

Thanks!

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Hi, sorry I don't have an answer to your question, but I thought I'd just give you a shout out that you are not alone. I know what you mean about getting overwhelmed!! Some things that help me move forward though is to stop looking at the final picture, goals are great, but they can be intimidating. I seemed to get the most done when I take the baby steps. For instance I will pick one task, like health insurance, then spend time researching that. The internet is the best to compare services, fees, and group discounts. When I gather all the info, I pour over it, read and reread. Then I make a decision, and cross it off my list. Then I proceed to the next thing thats on my mind.

I realize you are looking for something more specific, I just wanted to welcome you to the field, and wish you good luck. I will be reading the answers you get in hopes I can gain something as well!!
Congrats....I just wanted to let you know it is going to to be tough having massage as your primary income being that you have just got into the business. My advice would be boost your clientelle and sell products because starting out is not easy.
Hi. I have been an MT for close to 15 yrs and the first thing I would suggest to you is first and foremost getting experienced. I know alot of MT's have problems with a member based center but they are a great way to gain so much experience with different body types, indications/contraindications, interaction with the public and other MTs. Some places offer some help with medical coverage, some don't so ask. Like I said I have been doing this a long time and I needed a way to supplement my income and since I hate 9-5 jobs I decided to start designing and making jewelery. Anything to keep me out of corporate world. Good luck. Love what you do, be passionate, never get an ego and learn something new about bodywork everyday and pass along what you've learned to others.
I just found your question. First, hope you passed your exam!

I have been in this profession for over 20 years. Former owner of a school (and see a former student below Sheri responded).

This is an awesome career. yes you can make it full time. However, it takes commitment and dedication and trust.

What type of massage do you like to do? Where do you see yourself working? Self employed or for someone?
Laura Allen has a book "One year to a successful practice" with a money back guaranteed - purchase that. Lots of great tips.

Spas may be a good option to start. Salary might be less than self employed, but like Sheri stated earlier a good place to get your experience.
Self employment is great if you are motivated. Do you have any business skills? Marketing background?

Show your face out there. Go to events and do free chair massage! people need to meet you and feel your hands.
Contact organizations and set up 10-15 min free massage. Cheaper than placing an ad .
If you like to talk, set up lectures. Organizations are always looking for lectures.

have more questions? Contact me.
Visit www.MassageNetworkNews.com
I have several short videos on there with great tips!

Good Luck and don't give up.
Gloria
PS.

Many LMT's have supplemental income because
1. They don't want full time
2. They burnt themselves out working too much full time
3. They like diversity
4. They are afraid to go F/T and trust it can work
5. Want more money

Lots of reasons!

Oh and don't be overwhelmed. If you love what you do, you will do fabulous

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