Hahaha taxes. Our basement refinish isn't even done and they already sent out our property tax reassment. Wish the government was this efficient at, well.....ANYTHING else? Don't even get me started on taxes.
Lisa, I used to practice massage therapy. I went to school out in Seattle, it was a 1200 hour program, I think, a year long, and a little over $9,000, but that was in US bucks and was back about, crap, I don't know, 16 years ago? Couple of thoughts. The anatomy and physiology portion is a ton of rote memorization. A shocking amount, or at least my program was, so just be prepared or have time for that. The program attracts a lot of people who are not very professional, or at least in the US it does, so also be prepared for that. The retention/success rate for actual full time work in the field (in the us, after this I'm going to stop saying that!) is very low. I don't know if there is a way to look up those figures but you may want to. A lot of people look at the hourly rate for a massage at a spa, but around here a therapist is lucky to get 40% of that fee. I was a doula and had specialized in pregnancy and prenatal massage. I hooked up with a midwife and worked with her clients throughout their pregnancy in their homes and then attended their births in a doula and massage role. When I moved down south and then back east there was little work as no one was having home births and there were hardly any midwives, so I hooked up with a yoga center and a gym and switched things up ~ set up an office in the other bedroom in my apartment and got clients through the gym and yoga studio ~ but having clients come into your home and going into clients homes is a risk that (now) I would not be comfortable with.
I get a massage in my home every other Thursday night from someone who gave me prenatal massage with my first pregnancy ~ she became a good friend over the years and pregnancies and massages. She owns her own business but started out working in a spa out of school. She got 35% of the hourly rate (back then $60/hour) and was an independent contractor ~ so no insurance and responsible for paying all of her own quarterly taxes etc. She now owns her own business out of a yoga studio and offers massage in clients homes ~ she loves it but it is very physical work. Carrying her table in/setting it up etc. She wants to get pregnant but will have to have someone take over her clients while she is out on leave ~ and of course with that risks loss of clients. Taking a vacation is hard for her. As her clients get used to their weekly or biweekly appointments and get pouty on her and she tries to please everyone and always worried about reeling in new clients as her income depends directly on these people.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that its a hard business. A lot of people get sucked in by seeing the hourly rate LMT's charge ~ but don't think about the cut a spa is taking or the risk/reality of generating clients without first working in a spa or the risks of going into peoples homes or the costs of renting space or the realities of how to generate a client base without having years of practice in your hands etc. It is absolutely very physical work and the toll on ones back and the risk of carpal tunnel is very real. There is also a bit of yuck factor involved, one reason I loved working with women ~ the hairy man back thing sometimes got to me
That said it is super rewarding and really fun, the money can be good~ if you find your niche. Just make sure you have a way to make up that 8K and those 9 Months of non work and childcare expenses for sure before you head into anything, you know?
Sorry for the novella. If you feel excited about the prospect of it just research the crap out of it and go for it ~ life is way too short to be unhappy ~ make it work for you and take the leap!
Melis, rather than quoting you I'll just say that when I brought up the idea to DH today (after my post) he was less than thrilled about the idea. I'd say he's adamantly against it, actually. He doesn't care what I do, or if it makes me happy or not, just as long as I bring in the big bucks. But thank you for all your sage advice Argh....Why can't I do something that I like, less that full time, where I'm able to get my kids around, keep my house clean and have some time for me? IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK!?!?!?!?!
Let me know when you find it.
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I do daycare part time in my home. I just have a couple of sisters who come 4 days a week, but one is in school full time so I just have her after school and the other is in preschool the same times as my son, so 2 of those days I only have her for the afternoon. I love it! But part of that is that the girls 'fit' really well with my family. It is actually easier for me when they are around cause the kids play really well together I only make about 800 a month though (which covers my car payment and insurance). But like I said, it is very casual part time. I think in Alberta you can take up to 7 kids without being licensed. I charge 40 for a full day (5 hrs or more) and 20 for before and after school.
When you take out the cost of childcare for your own kids, sometimes it is crazy how little you have to make to make up the difference. I am actually making more now then I was when I was subbing with the kids in daycare, but that is partly cause I was paying for days they werent there cause my work wasnt steady. This is a much better option for us right now.
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