Starting your own business is an exciting prospect, especially when it’s doing something that you are passionate about. If you’re not quite sure where to start, some tips from Get inForm should point you in the right direction.
Integral to any business are the qualifications to back up your services. Massage courses in Australia range from accelerated weekend seminars to 12-month tertiary programs. The Australian Institute of Fitness offers a Diploma of Remedial Massage and Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice, both of which are nationally recognised qualifications.
These organisations have a range of benefits for members, and sometimes have minimum education requirements. They will provide you with access to health fund rebates, directory listings and support services, among other advantages.
Take your time and decide what you want your business name to be, and more importantly what you want it to reflect. Once you have decided, you can register for an Australian Business Number.
Many of your clients will want to make a claim for their massages on their health insurance and receive a rebate. If you have a Diploma of massage you can register with these health funds and obtain a provider number, which they can use to identify you.
Take the time to make sure your website, social media accounts and referral marketing strategies are on point. If you struggle with this side of things, think about investing in some business software to help you manage your clients and website.
It’s an easy thing to trip up on how expensive equipment is. So set a budget and start shopping around – new or used.
Disclaimer: Where Certificate III in Fitness, Cert III/Cert 3, or Fitness Coach is mentioned, it refers to SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness. Where Certificate IV in Fitness, Cert IV/Cert 4, or Personal Trainer is mentioned, it refers to SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Master Trainer Program™ is mentioned, it refers to Fitness Essentials and SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Master Trainer Plus+ Program™ is mentioned, it refers to SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness and SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Certificate IV in Massage or Cert IV/Cert 4 is mentioned, it refers to HLT42021 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy. Where Diploma of Remedial Massage is mentioned, it refers to HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage.