Year Published: 2004-05

Tips for Therapists:

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There are ten business-related ideas for self-employed therapists on this page. The list changes each time the page is loaded, items in the list being selected at random. If you would like to see more ideas immediately just reload the page.

The following ideas and suggestions are intended for qualified self-employed therapists but may also be of interest to others.

Interested in tips and ideas to help to improve your therapy business ?

1

Many therapy consumables such as carrier oils, wipes, talc, and so on are sold with clearly stated 'use by' dates printed on the packaging. However, this is not always the case - some products state similar advice in a slightly different way, such as use within a stated time period after opening. In that case it can be useful to keep plain white stickers or labels with your therapy kit and label each new pack or bottle with the date on which it was opened.

Why ? : To be 100% confident of the freshness of all items used.

2

If you do some or all of your treatments at a clinic or health centre find out if you can leave some of your equipment there.

Why ? : The less you have to carry with you to each appointment the less you can forget and the calmer you are likely to look and feel when you arrive to greet your client. If you can keep some items there you might save time too.

3

Always make the effort to be cheerful. People visit a therapist to help themselves to feel better, not to cheer-up the therapist. Both clients and therapists feel better and gain more benefit from the treatments when the therapist acts in a confident, cheerful, and positive, manner.

Why ? : Cheerful people are pleasant to be around. Your warm friendly smile can make all the difference in such a people-focused environment.

4

Do you use Consultation Sheets for pre-treatment consultations ?
If so, print enough of them for about 3 months of treatments each time you need to refresh your stock.

Why ? : Printing simple A4 pages is generally inexpensive and printing several months-worth at a time can save your time spent on such administrative tasks.

5

Do you use Consultation Sheets for pre-treatment consultations ?
If so, and if you have a website, make your consultation sheets available for download by clients and people who are considering booking arranging a treatment.

Why ? : Perhaps some people would like to have a treatment but are concerned about the questions you might ask them first. It is reassuring for such clients to be able to see your questions in advance. It might also help by resulting in more people bringing the information you require with them. However, if you would like clients to complete your form in advance then do remember to say so.

6

If you have decided to advertise your services (instead of accepting clients via personal recommendation only), make sure you have an effective internet presence. That means that the main search engines return your website or webpage for searches that specify your main treatment/s and location/s, and also for searches on your name.

Why ? : Many people work at a computer all day and the first place they look for services is no-longer print directories, but search engines.

7

If you would like to talk with your clients about products or other services that you sell but which are not central to your treatments (e.g. health-related MLM products and business opportunities), consider displaying information about these on your walls and/or in your literature area and by so doing, invite the clients to express interest to you.

Why ? : If you leave to your clients the option of raising the subject or not, you won't seem pushy or cause those who are not interested in your supplementary activies to feel awkward about expressing no interest.

8

Is there something you can give away?
Businesses use "giveaways" as a form of advertising. That is, they give items to their clients and prospects - usually items that are useful and include their company logo and contact details. It is a useful way to remind customers and prospects who you are, where you are, and what you do.

Why ? : People usually appreciate having something to take away. It may also serve as a 'talking point' if they show it to anyone else such as friends, family, or colleagues.

9

When was the last time you sent a mailing (paper or email) to your client base ?

Why ? : Keeping in touch with clients is a standard business activity.
It may be especially appropriate for therapists who are not just treating people who have medical issues but are facilitating relaxation with, for example, massage, reflexology, or aromatherapy. Perhaps previous clients would appreciate a friendly reminder of the advantages of taking some time out for themselves and their wellbeing ...

10

Find a therapist uniform or appropriate work-wear that suits your body shape and makes you feel comfortabe.

Why ? : If you feel good about yourself and your appearance you'll also look and feel more confident. That in turn will reassure your clients and inspire their confience in you.

Disclaimer:

For entertainment purposes only: The above are intended to be helpful issues to consider and, if appropriate, investigate for your own particular situation. Applicable regulations differ with location and change over time. Always ensure that you are operating within whatever regulations and accepted "best practice" apply in your geographical area as well as your sphere of activity and area of expertise.

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