Tips for Starting a Spiritual Businesssam
by Charlotte Anne Edwards
Are you starting a spiritual business? Do you have spiritual interests or abilities that you want to share with the world?
You could be into Reiki, hypnotherapy, psychic mediumship or spiritual teaching. Either way, the entrepreneurial path can be full of uncertainty. Whatever your spiritual leanings, you can smooth your path by following these 5 top tips.
Look after number one
Care for yourself physically and emotionally first and foremost. You cannot offer healing to others if you are not at your full emotional and physical potential. Life will always throw you curve balls and you will most likely need to deal with personal problems as you enjoy your holistic career. It will be important for you to be able to react and deal with such challenges, and being physically and emotionally fit will help you with this—as will your guides and angels. If you wish, cut out potentially harmful substances from your diet, such as alcohol and sugar, and try to give up cigarettes if you smoke. Take regular exercise to keep your body strong and your mind sharp and clear. If you feel as if you might need someone qualified to help you talk through emotional issues, consider looking into counseling or speak to your GP for advice.
Another point to remember is that people are coming to you in most cases for healing or help. Some of these people will be in delicate emotional or physical states, and they’re putting their trust in you to treat and heal them. You may find yourself acting the counselor or guide—sometimes your treatments may
inadvertently incorporate talking therapy! Perhaps you could use your life experience to help clients, or undertake a counseling course.
Join groups in your community that are unrelated to your chosen field of work—this way you can chat about what you do and make friends, which may help with potential feelings of isolation once you start to make the transition into your new career.
If you want to run courses or give healings, remember that face-to-face isn’t the only way you can do so. Aside from the telephone, you could also use Skype, which allows you to video chat with clients for free, or offer online courses.
Know your worth
Before you get going, practice your art on as many people as you can—friends, family and colleagues will probably be thrilled to help out. Once you’ve got your business started, always charge what you’re worth—it may be tempting to give away freebies to friends but, particularly as you start up, you need to remember that you also need to make a living as well as healing and helping others. However, if someone is on a low income, is a student or a pensioner, you may wish to offer a discount.
Keeping up appearances
Make your therapy room or business premises as aesthetically pleasing and welcoming as possible. Decorate it in calming colors, use incense or burn essential oils, offer complimentary natural teas, fresh water and juice, create a relaxing waiting area with magazines and comfy chairs, and if you’re using a treatment table, invest in the comfiest one you can afford.
If you can find the time, use your expertise to teach others. Hold workshops to pass on your skills, or do talks at your local community centre to share your experiences, answer any questions people may have about what you do and help to inspire others.
Similarly, writing articles, blogging or even writing a book will give you even more exposure and help to strengthen your credibility even further. If you want to pitch an article to amagazine, always find out the name of the person you’re pitching to—often the commissioning editor or deputy editor, as the editor will probably be snowed under—and keep your pitch to a few concise lines as well as including a short bio of your achievements and qualifications. Give your contact a call in a week’s time if you’ve heard nothing back, as they may have missed your email. Even if the answer is no, you have still made contact and, if your idea isn’t right, the editor may be impressed by your knowledge and be interested in future ideas. The key is to keep in regular contact with the magazine, so that your name sticks — this way, they may think of you first if they need an article written on your subject.
About the author
Charlotte Anne Edwards is the author of Starting a Spiritual Business. The ultimate savvy spiritualist’s ‘business bible’, Starting a Spiritual Business will put you on the path to living your dream. Presenting case studies, lashings of inspiration and business advice, Starting a Spiritual Business will have you grasp the bull by the horns and give you the courage you need to accomplish your true purpose: starting a spiritual business and setting up your own practice.