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3 Benefits of becoming a massage therapist

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If you are still thinking of what career to pursue, you may want to consider becoming a massage therapist. It is becoming very high in demand, especially with the discovery of the benefits of massage therapy. People do not only get massages to pamper themselves, but to also treat other ailments.

 

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It also does not take too long to become a certified massage therapist, with some training taking less than a year. Aside from that, there are also plenty of work opportunities for those who are considering this field. Take a look at the list below for some of the benefits of becoming a massage therapist.

 

  1. It is a rewarding career

     One of the best things about being a massage therapist is being able to help your client. Whatever setting you are working on, whether it’s in a clinic or in a spa, you know that you are doing something to improve the wellbeing of your client. Most people experience stress almost every day, and getting a massage is the perfect way to relieve that stress. Some are even able to build a good relationship with their clients, and they can see just how their massage sessions can help their clients to not think of their worries and just enjoy and pamper themselves.

 

  1. There are a lot of work opportunities, or you can be your own boss

    There are so many places that may require a massage therapist. You can choose to be in a healthcare setting and work with chiropractors, nurses, or even in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. If you are not looking for work in a healthcare setting, you can also choose recreational facilities like hotels or spas. You can even go on a cruise ship and enjoy traveling while earning money. Or, you can also set up your own business. All you need is a massage table and proper training and you can already start earning money! Just make sure that you get an accredited massage course, like those from Dave Taylor Training, so you can be assured that you are receiving the best training possible. You can even choose to specialize in certain types of massages, like sports massage in order to cater to more specific clients.

 

  1. You can set your own hours

    If you are the type of employee who does not like to keep regular hours, this type of work is perfect for you, especially if you choose to build your own business and become a solo practitioner. You can have the choice of working only during the time you want. For example, you prefer to work at weekends only, or during the evenings. These can all be done as a massage therapist. Of course, you need to make sure that you have a steady stream of clients so that you can enjoy more free time. That way, all your clients need to do is set up an appointment with you. You can choose to have your own space or you can go to their homes and service them there.

 

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Self Employment on a Budget

I have been self-employed for a few years now and although I love it, it does come with its challenges. On some month, I am super busy and my bank account is smiling. And some other months, it can be super quiet. One minute I could be wondering how to pay some bills, and the next minute I could be laughing all the way to the bank. That is pretty much the life of a freelancer/self-employed person. Our income fluctuates and there is so much financial uncertainty but I won’t trade it for a job in an office with a regular pay check. The pros of being a self-employed person massively outweighs the cons for me, which is why I do what I do.

 

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You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want

Having said that, the key to surviving the self employment world is to have a budget. I love reading finance self-help book on my Amazon Kindle. The book I am currently reading is You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want by Jesse Mecham. It is the first book I am reading this year and I am loving the budgeting tips and advice. I have picked a lot from this book and I recommend it to anyone struggling to make the most of their money. You need to read this book. It is full of wisdom and valuable tips. 

Everyone needs a budget regardless of what you do for money. Business owners and freelancers need a budget more than everyone else because of the income fluctuations. Having a budget helps you plan your money and make your money work for you. If you budget right, you can survive on periods where work is quiet because you would have saved money from the busy months. 

 

Self Employment on a Budget

I am going to be handling my money a little differently this 2019. Generally, I am good with money but there is always room for improvements, and I plan to be better this 2019. Here are some things I would be doing more of –

 

Ageing my money

Jesse Mecham advises us to age our money. What this means is for us not to spend all of our money as soon as it comes in. This makes a whole lot of sense. Ageing your money allows you think smartly and set your priorities straight. It takes off the stress of having no money in your bank account and it allows you plan your life.  Ageing your money allows your money wait on you instead of you waiting on your money. It sounds pointless but it works. Trust me, I have tried it. The longer you can age your money, the better. I aim to age my money for at least 30 days. It is a work in progress but I am slowly getting there.

 

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Spend less than what you earn

This should be common sense but it is amazing how we spend way more than what we earn. Which leads to us having to use our overdraft facility, store cards and credit cards to make up for the difference. Spending less than what we earn is the way to financial freedom.

 

Grow the savings

Having money saved away is the way to survive self employment. With the income uncertainty, you never know for sure when you would be short, so it makes sense to always have money stashed away for when the need arises. Growing the savings is one of my many goals this 2019.

 

Make more money

2019 is the year of making more money. That is another goal I plan to seriously work on this year. The way to financial freedom is to have many streams of income. I am planning on working hard on making money via affiliates and I am using an affiliate link in this post for the first time in a long time. Having many streams of income means you have various ways of making money. No one should ever rely on 1 pay check.

 

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The Truth about Freelancing as a Parent

Although making the transition from a 9 to 5 to being a freelancer is worth it, the journey can be a tough one. Freelancing requires a lot of hard work, discipline and perseverance. And juggling freelancing with parenthood can be a handful to deal with.

There are, of course, a lot of upsides to being a freelancer. You get to spend more time with your family and never miss out on special events or moments with the people you love and care about.

Be this as it may, this doesn’t mean that you should close your eyes to the realities that freelancing presents especially as a parent.  Here are some truths about freelancing as a parent that you need to know.

 

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  1. You may experience dry spells

Unlike a 9-to-5 where you know what your take home every month is, income from freelancing projects are hardly stable. There will be months when your freelancing income is great while some months may be frighteningly low.

As a parent with a lot of responsibilities, fluctuation in your income may prevent you from making sure that you meet your family’s needs. Your income may go up and down but your responsibilities remain the same.

Depending only on freelancing projects won’t be enough. It will be a wise decision to create multiple sources of income, especially passive income. This will give you something to fall back on when you’re experiencing a shortage of projects for the month.

 

  1. Flexibility of freelancing gives you the opportunity to be there for your children when they need you

Unforeseen situations like accidents or sudden illness can mess with your normal work schedule and it may be difficult to get permission from the office if you work in a 9-to-5. But as a freelancer, you have the flexibility to take care of your children when they’re ill and injured.

The only downside to such sudden unforeseen circumstances is that when the payments from clients don’t come in on time you may be stuck in a tight corner.

 

  1. Clients can pay late and it will disorganize your plans

In order to ensure steady income, freelancers have to make sure that clients keep to their financial commitments. However, sometimes clients may not keep their word and the payment comes in late. Some clients even fail to pay and you may get nothing at all.

This is a frequent occurrence in the freelance industry and this can negatively affect the financial responsibility to your children.

 

  1. You’ll have to contend with shortage of time

It takes a lot of discipline to be a full-time freelancer and you need to be especially phenomenal at managing your time. When you’re a parent your time is divided between your children and your freelance work. This may mean that after taking care of your energetic kids you need to make do with the little time left to dedicate to your work.

However, with a little adjustment and proper arrangement of priorities it is possible to effectively manage your time with your work and with your children.

 

How do you freelance and parent at the same time? Do you deal with any of these issues?

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