Setting up your Aromatherapy Business
Student Article by Donna Idalski
All articles written by students are the opinions, research and voice of the student and not Heart of Herbs Herbal School. We encourage our students to explore and grow in their profession.
The first thing you’ll need to do is to define your dream. What do you want from your business? How many hours a week do you want to work? What do you want to sell? Do you want a home based business or a traditional store or even an online store? Do you want to go to the client’s home? These are just some of the questions to ask yourself.
Next look at the local businesses, is there any competitive businesses? Are there local crafts shows you can set up at to get your product known or possibly a Health Food Store that would sell your products?
What about supplies? After you decide what type of business you want, you’ll need to make a list of the supplies needed to get set up. These will include a lot of items from massage table, table, chairs, office supplies, bottles, jars, paper, printer, business cards, flyers, etc. As you can see this is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s needed. Do your research, keep list, talk to other people you know in the business. Use every resource you can find.
Whether you have a home office or a traditional store the first impression of a new client coming in your door is very important. It should have welcoming and relaxing feel, somewhere that you know you want to come back to. Pick your music and lighting carefully. Even the room temperature needs to be right. This is especially important if they are having an aromatherapy massage.
Make sure to keep complete and accurate records. Include telephone calls, treatments, and personal details for each client. This is a continuous process, these records are a mark of professionalism and they will help you make the right decisions for your treatment plans.
Aromatherapy business insurance- the premises needs to be insured and you’ll need insurance. If you are a massage therapist, check with your insurance company to see if aromatherapy is included or can you add on. Being a member of a professional organization will give you benefits, insurance advice is one of them. They might be able to offer good deals on insurance.
This is such an exciting and scary time. Take time to thoroughly research all the options available to you. Setting up a business is costly so know exactly what you need to do step by step to set up your business.
Word of mouth is the best advertising. So always be professional, warm, friendly and offer the best product and service you can. And keep learning, a good physician or mechanic will continue to learn and grow in their profession, so should you. Keep up with new methods and the latest aromatherapy news, it will INSPIRE you.
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