There will hopefully be a time in your massage career where you suddenly feel overwhelmed. You’ll find you have too many clients (the horrors) and you simply don’t have enough time to fit them all in while paying attention to your own health and well being. Rather than run yourself into the ground or lose business, you may ultimately decide it’s time to expand and hire a massage therapist to work with you.
Looking for Credentials
You know how hard it was to get started out of massage school, so it’ll be up to you to decide if you are willing to hire students fresh out of school or more seasoned massage therapists. More experienced therapists won’t need as much training, but recently graduated therapists are more willing to learn new techniques – something that is important if you have special skills you offer your client base.
Regardless, you must make sure anyone you hire has the right credentials based on the state you live in. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, for example, both have licensing laws now, so a certificate of completion or a National Certification are no longer enough.
Employees or Independent Contractors
There will, of course, be some legal matters to consider. If you hire someone as a full-time employee, you’ll have to worry about payroll taxes, workers compensation insurance, and whether or not your liability policy extends to employees. If you hire an independent contractor, you will not be responsible for withholding income taxes but you’ll need to make sure they are renewing their own liability insurance policies on an annual basis.
Finally, there is the issue of coming up with a contractual agreement to protect your business. You’ll be giving a therapist access to your clients and their personal information. If your therapist leaves, will he be allowed to take part of the client base with him? Will he have a non-compete prohibiting him from soliciting your clients? Will he be allowed to bring some of his own client base with him and, if so, will he be able to contact them after you part ways? These are important things to consider.
Last, but certainly not least, there is a matter of finding a therapist to work with. There are tons of online applicant tracking systems you can use to collect resumes. You can also contact local schools to become part of their job placement programs. Don’t forget that interviewing a massage therapist should always involve an actual massage trial.
Don’t stress. Expanding your business is fantastic and something you’ve been working towards. Embrace change and prepare for the experience of a lifetime.