Scholarships and Grants for Massage Therapy Students

Funding a massage therapy education can be a challenge. Several organizations sponsor grants, scholarships and giveaways to help defray the cost of school and promote excellence in the industry. Contact each organization for information about deadlines and the application process. Giveaways MT Dream Practice Giveaway Co-sponsored by BIOTONE, MASSAGE¬†Magazine and other industry partners, this giveaway […]

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Power Up Your New Practice with Retail

If you’re about to graduate from massage school or just received your license, you’ve probably given some thought to your practice: your office location, the techniques you’ll offer, who your clients will be, and what issues they’ll bring to you. You should include retail sales in your vision of the perfect practice, for a simple […]

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About the Author

Jane Irving is the owner and creator of My Learning Library, a website that provides modality instruction with cutting-edge technology. Her goal is to meet the educational needs of the massage, spa and bodywork community with quality courses at an extremely affordable price point. Irving practiced massage for 18 years and taught numerous live workshops prior to entering the world of online education. The courses offered at My Learning Library allow the professional to learn a new modality and add that modality to his or her service menu in a timely fashion. For more information, email help@castineconsulting.com or call (207) 460-5756.

Estimated Business Expenses

This chart covers the basic startup costs for a massage practice. In this example, it costs between $7,500 and $9,000 (and possibly more) to open a practice and at least another $7,500 to operate it for six months. If you plan for massage to be your sole source of income, ideally, you would have $16,000 […]

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About the Author

Cherie Sohnen-Moe is an author, business coach and international workshop leader. She has been in business since 1978. She was in private practice for many years as a massage and holistic health practitioner before shifting her focus to education and coaching. In her coaching/consulting practice, she has worked with individual therapists to small wellness centers to day spas that have multiple locations. She has served as a faculty member at the Desert Institute of Healing Arts and the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is an adjunct professor at Clayton College of Natural Health. She has written more than 100 articles that have been published in more than 15 national and international magazines. She is the author of the book, Business Mastery, which is in its fourth edition, has sold more than 325,000 copies to date with 650-plus schools requiring it as a text. She is also the author of Present Yourself Powerfully and The Art of Teaching. She is co-author of The Ethics of Touch, with more than 300 schools requiring it as a text. She is also a contributing author of Teaching Massage: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors, and was interviewed for a chapter of SAND TO SKY: Conversations with Teachers of Asian Medicine. Sohnen-Moe is a firm believer in education and as such serves on the exam committee of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and is a founding member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE). She can be contacted through her website, sohnen-moe.com.

Projecting Startup Costs

The costs of starting and running a business can be daunting, which is why many people opt to work for others. According to a 1993 report published by the Small Business Administration (SBA), the median startup cost for a solo business owner to open the door is $6,000. In 2006, the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business […]

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About the Author

Cherie Sohnen-Moe is an author, business coach and international workshop leader. She has been in business since 1978. She was in private practice for many years as a massage and holistic health practitioner before shifting her focus to education and coaching. In her coaching/consulting practice, she has worked with individual therapists to small wellness centers to day spas that have multiple locations. She has served as a faculty member at the Desert Institute of Healing Arts and the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is an adjunct professor at Clayton College of Natural Health. She has written more than 100 articles that have been published in more than 15 national and international magazines. She is the author of the book, Business Mastery, which is in its fourth edition, has sold more than 325,000 copies to date with 650-plus schools requiring it as a text. She is also the author of Present Yourself Powerfully and The Art of Teaching. She is co-author of The Ethics of Touch, with more than 300 schools requiring it as a text. She is also a contributing author of Teaching Massage: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors, and was interviewed for a chapter of SAND TO SKY: Conversations with Teachers of Asian Medicine. Sohnen-Moe is a firm believer in education and as such serves on the exam committee of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and is a founding member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE). She can be contacted through her website, sohnen-moe.com.

How to Secure Financing

To provide sound advice for this article, I interviewed Tony Castellano, the former executive director of JPMorgan Chase. He has launched 40 businesses in his 40-year career, and is now retired from banking. He currently teaches classes in health and wellness entrepreneurship at the College of Lake County in Illinois and is the area manager […]

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About the Author

Joe McCue has been a practicing massage therapist and small-business owner for eight years and currently holds certifications in 12 different modalities, from reiki to deep tissue. He has more than 1,200 hours of training, is nationally certified and currently teaches between eight and 11 classes per semester at three different massage schools in the Chicago, Illinois, area. He also sits on the Patient Advisory Board of the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University. In addition, McCue is a trained life and business coach. For more information, visit anothergloriousday.com/CoachingForBodyworkers.

Online Resources Part 5: Your New Massage Therapy Business

General Business Startup Resources Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource By the Internal Revenue Service irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed Small Business Planner Information and resources for any stage of the business lifecycle. sba.gov/starting_business/ Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) SCORE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small business owners. score.org Business Owner’s Toolkit Small Business Guide: Information and […]

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Setting Your Fees

Fee structures vary greatly depending on the type of work you do and where you are located. Setting an appropriate fee structure and increase strategy is necessary in any business. No matter which method you choose for determining your rates, be certain your fee structure promotes credibility. Four major fee-setting strategies 1) High-end rateSet your […]

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About the Author

Cherie Sohnen-Moe is an author, business coach and international workshop leader. She has been in business since 1978. She was in private practice for many years as a massage and holistic health practitioner before shifting her focus to education and coaching. In her coaching/consulting practice, she has worked with individual therapists to small wellness centers to day spas that have multiple locations. She has served as a faculty member at the Desert Institute of Healing Arts and the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is an adjunct professor at Clayton College of Natural Health. She has written more than 100 articles that have been published in more than 15 national and international magazines. She is the author of the book, Business Mastery, which is in its fourth edition, has sold more than 325,000 copies to date with 650-plus schools requiring it as a text. She is also the author of Present Yourself Powerfully and The Art of Teaching. She is co-author of The Ethics of Touch, with more than 300 schools requiring it as a text. She is also a contributing author of Teaching Massage: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors, and was interviewed for a chapter of SAND TO SKY: Conversations with Teachers of Asian Medicine. Sohnen-Moe is a firm believer in education and as such serves on the exam committee of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and is a founding member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE). She can be contacted through her website, sohnen-moe.com.

Product Sales and Sales Tax

An area of taxation that massage therapists sometimes ignore is state sales tax. Unless you live in a state that does not levy sales tax, you are required to collect (and remit) sales tax on product sales-regardless of the volume. Some states also tax services. Contact your state department of revenue to apply for a […]

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Credit Cards

Offering your clients the option of paying with a credit card or debit card presents advantages and disadvantages. For many years, the typical massage therapist didn’t accept payment by credit card, but that is changing with the ease and low cost currently associated with a merchant account. In many instances, you don’t even need special […]

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About the Author

Cherie Sohnen-Moe is an author, business coach and international workshop leader. She has been in business since 1978. She was in private practice for many years as a massage and holistic health practitioner before shifting her focus to education and coaching. In her coaching/consulting practice, she has worked with individual therapists to small wellness centers to day spas that have multiple locations. She has served as a faculty member at the Desert Institute of Healing Arts and the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is an adjunct professor at Clayton College of Natural Health. She has written more than 100 articles that have been published in more than 15 national and international magazines. She is the author of the book, Business Mastery, which is in its fourth edition, has sold more than 325,000 copies to date with 650-plus schools requiring it as a text. She is also the author of Present Yourself Powerfully and The Art of Teaching. She is co-author of The Ethics of Touch, with more than 300 schools requiring it as a text. She is also a contributing author of Teaching Massage: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors, and was interviewed for a chapter of SAND TO SKY: Conversations with Teachers of Asian Medicine. Sohnen-Moe is a firm believer in education and as such serves on the exam committee of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and is a founding member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE). She can be contacted through her website, sohnen-moe.com.

Business Plan Supplement

If your business plan is to be used in securing a loan, it’s recommended that you incorporate the following additional information: State the type of business loan(s) you’re seeking (e.g., term loan, line of credit or mortgage). Summarize the proposed use of the funds. Calculate the projected return on investment. Write a persuasive statement of […]

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About the Author

Cherie Sohnen-Moe is an author, business coach and international workshop leader. She has been in business since 1978. She was in private practice for many years as a massage and holistic health practitioner before shifting her focus to education and coaching. In her coaching/consulting practice, she has worked with individual therapists to small wellness centers to day spas that have multiple locations. She has served as a faculty member at the Desert Institute of Healing Arts and the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is an adjunct professor at Clayton College of Natural Health. She has written more than 100 articles that have been published in more than 15 national and international magazines. She is the author of the book, Business Mastery, which is in its fourth edition, has sold more than 325,000 copies to date with 650-plus schools requiring it as a text. She is also the author of Present Yourself Powerfully and The Art of Teaching. She is co-author of The Ethics of Touch, with more than 300 schools requiring it as a text. She is also a contributing author of Teaching Massage: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors, and was interviewed for a chapter of SAND TO SKY: Conversations with Teachers of Asian Medicine. Sohnen-Moe is a firm believer in education and as such serves on the exam committee of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and is a founding member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE). She can be contacted through her website, sohnen-moe.com.