The latest data from the sub-sectoral analysis of the massage therapy workforce confirms the preponderance of self-employed massage therapists. In fact, more than 80% of them are self-employed.
While this way of working has several benefits, it can sometimes be difficult for massage therapists to take a well-deserved break!
It is true that having to refuse a customer can worry more than one. Will my client go to a massage elsewhere and leave me permanently? Do I have the working capital necessary to allow me to lose a week’s salary? What if I missed the perfect opportunity during my absence?
All of these issues may re-emerge and cause unnecessary guilt and stress.
Taking a vacation should be a priority for massage therapists. Since this is a physical job, a rest period will allow the body to re-energize and ensure the long-term quality of care.
A massage therapist at the end of the roll does not hold the road against a clientele that seeks to fight stress and pain!
However, a good preparation is needed to go on vacation with your head rested, and the wallet well stocked.
First, try to limit the duration of your vacation to one week. When your clientele is well established, two weeks of postponements of appointments, it is more difficult to manage.
If, despite everything, you want to take two weeks back to back, take your holidays during a consensual vacation like those of construction. Your client will know that it’s a holiday because he will hear about it in the media. He will simply wait until it’s finished to return to see you.
However, be on the lookout for the peculiarities of your region in terms of tourism. It can be very beneficial to enjoy the tourist windfall. Especially if the festivities are related to your field of activity. For example, a group of yoga practitioners in your municipality can certainly bring you a flood of customers looking for nirvana!
When it comes to vacation, why not do what businesses do and set aside 4% of your gross earnings each week? This will ensure a consistent income during your vacation.
You are ready mentally and financially to grant yourself a vacation. Choose the dates and stick to it. At this point, no more question of changing your mind because the weather announces bad weather. It remains to wait for the moment so much hope…
Oops not quite yet! You must first announce the good news to your customers. The more the time of your vacation will be determined in advance, the easier this step will be to manage.
Now is the time to juggle your schedule. Make sure you communicate your vacation dates clearly to all your clients. Send them an email and discuss with them their needs. Offer them an appointment immediately upon your return and, if necessary, just before your vacation.
Also, consider referring your clients to one of your friends who is a massage therapist in case of emergency. In this way, they will not feel completely abandoned when needed.
But be careful, do not make an appointment at the first hour when you return to work. You’ll get tired of voicemail management and emails.
On the administrative’s side, going on vacation with a rested head is priceless. Be sure to update your accounting and make all your calls before you get off the hook.
But not immediately!
Make your product inventories and place your orders before you leave. Nothing more stressful than returning from vacation and having to run fast quickly after essential supplies!
One thing is certain, get ready to go the extra mile when you come back from vacation as your customers will have missed your magic hands. They will all want to see you again!
But it is worth it because you will shine so you will be rested and totally zen to resume your practice with joy and enthusiasm.
Oh wow! Do not look for me, I’ll be on vacation from July 21st to August 5th. GOOD HOLIDAYS !!!
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