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Zelda, I am sorry I don't have any tips for you- but as a new therapist I would love to hear how you built such a successful practice!! :)
Having other people do the work is great, as long as you can trust your clients will be happy with their techniques too. I've thought about doing this at a later date when I get busy, I'm just starting out now. I also thought about having students come in and as long as it was o.k. with the clients, they could earn and learn, let me know how you work out having other therapists work for you, is it a lot of paperwork, extra insurance?, thanks.
If you are indispensable, you will never get promoted.
When you are self employed, this means you must eventually begin outsourcing the work or you will never progress beyond what you are doing now.
If you are that busy, you must be good. And from what you have mentioned about yourself you probably have some interesting stories to tell and some very useful insights.
Maybe you can begin outsourcing more of the massage work and learn how to start a blog and begin earning income that way?
Teach. You can get a job at a corporate business college that has a massage therapy program and get insurance benefits and a maternity leave. I did both for a long time and it was great....had a baby, took my maternity leave and then went back to being self employed...didn't necessarily plan it that way but that's how it worked out. Sounds like you have a strong foundation and have lots of great experiences to draw from - congratulations!
Also, have you thought about doing any instructional videos?
Sounds like the business side of you is pretty strong, as others said...CEU classes or instructional videos, teach if possible, or develop a mentoring program for newbies to the field, look towards the more alternative side of things with taking classes on nutrition or become an herbalist! Selling products such as herbs or with aromatherpy products, fitness trainer, ....
hmm.. what else...I don't know- listen to your clients what to they wish they had more of or seem to need more help with! Learn from them and grow yourself to help your clients more and more! Even if it's just to grow your modalities experience in ones that would be easier on your body- such as with reflexology, facial treatments, etc.
Congrats on your success...to many more years! you'll figure it out! :) gl
Me as well... I have been pondering this myself.. Writing a book or blog on how you got to the point you have could be a great sourse of income and it would help to inform fairly new therapist like myself...
Heidi Hurd said:Zelda, I am sorry I don't have any tips for you- but as a new therapist I would love to hear how you built such a successful practice!! :)
Hiring people who can fill in for you, and each takes a percentage is one answer. But... Can you find honest, dependible, skillful people? Employees can be a major headache, even if you find someone relatively honest and hard working, which is not easy.