Is it time to move on and start on my own?

Q: Hi Simone, I like your work so much and you look strong as a massage therapist and soft at the same time. I love your massage 🙂 

I have a question.

I’ve been working in a massage salon for four years. Before that, I worked in another massage salon for two years. I love it there and I have people who book me every week but I want to start my own business and offer more services that I have experience in. It’s always been my dream. I feel like I’ve learned a lot but I’m not sure if it’s time to decide and start on my own.


Do you think I should stay for more time to learn more about the massage business or just make the decision to move by myself? I have some customers that I see at home already.


Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope to see you again very soon. Last time if you remember I asked you what I can do to improve myself and you to told me to relax when I’m massaging and since then my customers feel it too. Thank you 🙂 – Anonymous


A: Thank you so so much and I’m happy to hear that I could help 🙂 Thank you for sharing your question with us. We’re all in the same profession and can all learn from each other.


First, congratulations on getting repeat customers. This is a clear indication that people like you, and your massage. People visit certain places for different reasons. Some reasons people visit that salon are: 


  • the location is convenient
  • They like that massage salons’ aesthetic 
  • They like the massage there


Knowing that you already have some customers assures me that you have something going and that you can build on.


I’d like to first emphasise the importance of behaving with dignity towards your employers. If you do decide to move on, it’s important to build your own customer base, of course. 


If a customer REALLY wants to see YOU, he or she can choose to find you in another way without you directly offering your services in someone else’s business. 


If you do decide to leave and find it difficult emotionally, just make sure you leave on good terms with your employers. And if you do decide to stay, it’s important to be fully present and focused on your work as an employee. This will bring good energy to your own work too! 


Now, to answer your question I’m passing something a customer once said to me that has stuck with me. I use this advice in my life in general and it has helped me progress in many ways.


My customer is a private banker, and he is a banker to multi-millionaires. At the time I was also working in a women’s salon, and on in my own business. However, the personality of my work didn’t blend with the women’s salon. And although I was doing quite well and started building a customer base, I knew it wasn’t for me. And I’m as eager to learn now as I was then. I don’t remember exactly how we got to that conversation. I think I was asking questions about how he got where he was. However what he said was: ” One year is enough to learn and move on. In one year you can learn everything you need to learn and move on to the next phase”


I use the one-year rule in many things I do. I then know it’s time for a change. If I think I need longer then that’s totally fine.


I think it’s a good idea to work as much as you can for others first before you work for yourself. This will give the experience in the different ways businesses are managed, and when you do move on, you’ll know which methods work for your business and which don’t.

One year is enough time to learn what you have to learn, work like you’d like others to work for you, and to move on.  


Another piece of advice that was given to me is to close the door but don’t throw away the keys. This means, move on but on good terms. Keep a good relationship with your former employers.


The ultimate decision is yours of course. I believe you can do it if you’re absolutely determined and open to learning. You can ask yourself these questions:  How would you feel if you never did move on, in ten years’ time? Would you be OK with that? Do you feel you have more things to learn from where you are now? Do you perhaps need to work somewhere else to broaden your experience? These are questions that could help.


I’m sending you lots of positive energy and wishing you the very best of luck. 


Dear Readers, I do my very best to answer any questions relating to massage. My answers are as a fellow massage therapist, and through my own experiences. It’s totally fine if you prefer to stay anonymous. But if you don’t mind, please do share your name, location, and business name! We’d love to hear from you.

If you have any questions relating to Massage Therapy email if you’l like to stay anonymous, or go ahead and post your question in the comments below. 


Do you have experience in starting out on your own? What’s your advice?


Warm greetings,


Simone T 


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