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I want to look at starting my own business as a therapist, but I don't know where to start. I'm on information overload from looking at the SBA website. This just isn't getting any easier. I really need to start making some moves now, we are running out of money. I recently lost a job at a certain massage chain. (no mention of names, but I think I was singled out) I feel like I'm running out of time. But then, time is all I have these days... Ah the hamster wheel of life. 


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Comment by Kevin Nalley on January 21, 2011 at 11:23am

I would check the local laws and regulations where you are...  I know here in MI, the localities regulate themselves (until the licenses get passed out).  Here, the localities also dictate the layout and details of your office, and where you can place a clinic/spa.  While is a wonderful area to start, I found myself on information overload as well.  Your state's regulations will also dictate what type of business you can form - sole proprietorship, LLC, PC, etc, etc.  Sohnen-Moe puts out an amazing Business Mastery book that may help you decide what way you want to go in starting your business.  I've started quite a few businesses, in 3 different models - Partnership, Sole Proprietor and most recently Corporation.  I can tell you, that until you settle on the major details, it seems to get extremely frustrating.  Just take your time.  The SBA website will give you a bunch of info, but it may be easier to actually visit a local office and have someone sit down with you to discuss certain aspects.  I certainly wish you luck in your endeavors, and if I can be of any assistance, please, do not hesitate to ask!



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