When you’re looking at all of the different options for your massage career, there are so many things to consider.
You may be thinking about starting your own practice or going to work for an office massage company. Both come with benefits and pitfalls.
In this article, we’ll give you the pros and cons of working for an office massage company.
The Pros and Cons of Working for an Office Massage Company
Let’s get the cons out of the way first.
Con #1: Deciding Massage Therapist Pay
If you’re running your own practice you’re probably able to set your own rates—and that’s awesome! An office massage company will probably offer you a specific rate whether you’re hired as an independent contractor or an employee. While you may have opportunities for raises and bonuses, your overall rate won’t be something you’re in charge of. We’ll talk later about the complete financial picture, but this is definitely something to consider.
Con #2: Picking Massage Therapy Clients
You have some way to make sure the clients that you bring into your private practice are the kind of people you want around. If you work with a corporate massage company, you’re not always in control of selecting clients with as much freedom as you are in private practice . The good news here is that your massage company will do everything they can to make sure you’re kept out of harms’ way.
Con #3: Practicing Your Massage Therapy Specialty
Maybe you specialize in athletic or prenatal massage. Corporate massage companies don’t always offer these kinds of services, so that expertise can go to waste. Be prepared to do a lot of office specific massage—including chair massage.
Now that we’ve got the less enticing out of the way, let’s talk about the benefits of working for an office massage company!
Pro #1: Corporate Massage Jobs Always Change
When you work for an office massage company, every day can be different. If you enjoy meeting lots of people and going to a new and different office each day, you’ll love working for an office massage company. You’re not confined to the same room for hours at a time, day in and day out. You’ll get to visit different places.
Pro #2: Massage Therapy Jobs Come Right To You
The office massage company will have a marketing team whose entire job is finding work for you. Gone will be the days where you have to not only be the massage therapist, manage the finances of your business, and bring in clients with marketing on top of that.
Pro #3: Corporate Massage Companies Offer Benefits
This will all depend on whether you’re hired as an independent contractor or as an employee. If you’re hired as an employee, you may see certain types of benefits.
Here at Zenovate, we offer our massage therapist employees training benefits, as well as a monthly wellness massage. Other companies may have different benefits.
Pro #4: Office Massage Jobs End with Your Shift
Because you’re not running your own business, you’re not going to have to do your accounting, launder your sheets, or do your marketing when you get home in the evenings. At the end of your shift, you can pack up your chair or table and enjoy the rest of your day. It’ll save you precious time and prevent unnecessary stress.
Pro #5: Corporate Massage Companies Take Care of the Bills
We talked earlier about how you don’t get to choose your own pay when you work for a massage company, but you also don’t have to foot the bills. No marketing costs, rent, utilities, or laundry costs will come out of your paycheck—and in the long run, it will save you money.
Pro #6: Office Massage Jobs Allow You to Keep Your Massage Therapy Clients
Did you know you don’t have to choose between running a private practice and working for a corporate massage company? Many therapists working for corporate massage companies continue to see their own clients and then accept our jobs when they don’t have clients lined up. It’s really flexible.
Pro #7: Corporate Massage Jobs Allow You to Meet Other Massage Therapists
Many office massage events require multiple massage therapists. This gives you a great chance to meet other therapists, ask them questions, and learn new things from each other. You’ll have a much more social experience than you would with your own practice.