The more I drive the car, the more obsessed with it I become. Yesterday it didn't feel real...today I couldn't drive it enough. So beautiful.
I've also made another decision lately- tell me what you think. Today I was driving around with a friend and we were talking about my never ending stress with my job. She's the second friend I've had now that suggests that I do this: she thinks I should build my massage clientele until I can afford to support myself. When I lived in Utah, I charged $100/hr and did in-house private massage. I am trying to start that up again here in CA, but I don't know very many people. I'm super excited about this because then I will be working for myself; I would never again have to answer to another person. Now, let me be clear on something; I don't mind having a boss- as long as he/she is a good boss. Right now, I have a horrible relationship with my boss and don't care to try to fix it. He is the reason I am constantly upset about my job. I just want to take care of myself and no longer be dependent on someone else to make money to pay my bills...feel me?
The only problem is, it usually takes years to build a steady enough clientele that you can walk away from a day job. Does anyone have ideas on 1)How to build my clientele quick, and 2) network effectively (with the right type of people- how do I find them)? I will NOT be advertising on craigslist or anything of that nature; the type of clients I am trying to get are NOT going to be looking for a massage on craigslist. These are people who own $6 million dollar + homes and can afford to have me come to their house once a week or more. People on craigslist are a crapshoot at best. You never know what you're going to get or if they are expecting a "full release" massage, or a "happy ending" or something of that nature (usually they are if they're looking on craigslist). I am not interested nor am I willing to risk it in order to find more clients- my clients usually come from word of mouth. I have done it before and have about 3 clients now but want to build pretty extensively pretty quickly because I don't know how much longer I can do my job. I am not from here though so I don't know how to start meeting the right types of people. Most people I meet are around my same age and cannot afford me. ;)
One friend suggested that from now on I only tell people that I'm a massage therapist and don't tell people that about my day job; just tell them I'm a massage therapist from now on. She also suggested I get some nice cards and when people ask my massage prices, I start at $100 and never give them the options for anything cheaper (which I wouldn't do anyway). The key is to tell people the $$ amount with confidence- and if I'm dealing with the right type of people, I have no problem telling them how much. I know she is right about this and obviously intend to do this starting now. What else can I do though so that I am meeting the right type of people, and meeting quite a few of them?? Any tips??