How to Make Extra Money with Massage


As a massage therapist, you must spend anywhere between 100 and 1,000 hours in training to receive your massage therapist certification from the health board in your state. You will work on your feet and with your hands anywhere between four and 10 hours a day. You can work for a spa, a salon or a massage company, but once you've gotten the hang of the business, it's not a bad idea to start working independently to make extra money with massage.

  • Offer your massage services to a raffle or charity fundraiser. By donating a couple of hours of your massage time in the form of two massages that can generate funds for a good cause, you get free advertising, new potential clients and generate interest in your services.

  • Set up a neck and shoulders massage at local events. Summer time is a great time for town center events, street fairs and celebrations. Talk to local businesses about setting up a chair massage. These can be popular in bath and lotion shops, particularly if you use their products. You make some extra money and they get customers.

  • Print out business cards. VistaPrint offers 250 to 500 business cards for a low price. Offer a discount first massage on the business card and leave the cards at local businesses. This generates potential income.

  • Bring your own supplies for sale. Working for yourself means you make extra money, but you can also advertise other massage products, lotions and oils and make money that way.

  • Listen to what your client wants. If the client wants light pressure, give them light pressure. If they want to chat, chat. If they want total silence, give them total silence. In a service industry, you make more money off tips when your clients are satisfied and get what they want.

Tips & Warnings

  • Massage therapists improve their income when they establish regular clientele.

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