There is a rumor floating around that if you are a Reiki healer, you do not need to do anything but perform self-healing, and then all is well.
We all know that we should give ourselves Reiki every day to maintain a blockage-free and healthy body on all levels. It is drilled into us from the beginning of our practice and everywhere we turn in this healing world.
However, there are times when we need a little more help than Reiki. Take for instance the moment you decide to walk in this energy healing world where there is always a saying of “love and light,” but people forget to tell you about the business side which is not necessarily “love and light.”
If you want to have a successful business, sometimes, you must release the “love and light” for the “reality and truth.” Below are some recommendations to help you on your journey to plant good seeds for a successful Reiki business.
Please note that the resources listed are mostly specific to those persons living in the United States, but please go online and find the equivalent resource for your country.
1. Brand your business for success
The reality is that you need to think of your services as not only a divine gift but a prized commodity that has a monetary value. As such, you should not only have a professionally designed logo and website, but you should also consider trademarking your name and logo at www.uspto.gov/trademarks. There is a definite genuineness felt by persons who go to a website and see a business with an original name and trademarked logo. It is a subtle way to tell your future clients that you are a professional and ready to handle business. It also tells the Universe that you are ready to take the next steps as a successful business owner. You also want to have specific documents for your business, such as business cards (electronic or paper), new client forms, a photo/video release of liability, etc. These forms can easily be found online and revised as needed.
2. Be prepared with personal liability insurance
Another consideration is liability insurance. This is a must in my opinion. If you do not know what this is, liability insurance protects a person from a legal claim resulting from injury or damage of some kind. There are a lot of people I know who are working in this field without being insured. Again, I do not recommend this. Because this is a helping field, most people feel as if they do not have to worry about being sued. But what if you fall or injure yourself while setting up your table? What if your client falls on your premises or while getting on or off your table? Even worse, what if you have a client who falsely claims you touched an intimate part of their body while in session which resulted in emotional and mental injury? These situations are not out of the realm of possibilities and may occur at any time in your long career. It is best to be prepared with personal liability insurance. I am personally covered by www.massageliabilityinsurancegroup.com. Whoever you choose to insure you, be sure you are fully covered and protected personally and as a business.
3. Choose your business structure
Finally, please register your business as soon as possible. You can be registered as a Sole Proprietor or go the Limited Liability Company (LLC) route. Both have value depending on where you are in your business financially and how you want to form it initially. As a Sole Proprietor, you are an unincorporated business run by one person who is personally liable for the business. As an LLC, you will be an incorporated business with one or more owners and members. An LLC must file articles of incorporation and other legal documents with the Secretary of State to be formed. The Articles typically indicate your business name, purpose, how the business will be managed, etc. Being an LLC offers protection from personal assets being used to settle legal claims. You also must take into consideration how you will be taxed as a Sole Proprietor and as an LLC. If you are working part-time, an LLC may not be the best for you, but again, this depends on where you are financially and how you see your business in the next year or so. The legal protection from lawsuits alone is a major reason some people prefer to go the LLC route.
The truth is doing the above-mentioned is synonymous with grounding yourself. You are planting roots in the spiritual plane that deals with businesses and corporations. By taking care of these initial requirements, you are setting yourself up for a positive experience and successful business.
It is a wonderful thing to be in the spiritual realm of healing and positive energy, but we cannot forget that we still live in a material world with rules, policies, and procedures. So as the saying goes, ‘be in this world, but not of this world.’ Do what you can to plant strong roots because if you are doing well and are happy, so will your clients and those living around you be the same.
Article by LaTanya L. Hill, JD
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LaTanya L. Hill, JD is a Reiki Master Teacher, the creator of KA® Reiki, and the sole proprietor of IMREIKINOW®, an energy healing company based in Los Angeles. She is also certified in Usui Reiki Ryoho, Holy Fire III, and Karuna Reiki®. Her Reiki handbook, “Reiki Vibrations with 33 Meditations and Affirmations.” is available online and offers healers practice advice, meditations, and affirmations that may be used professionally and personally. LaTanya is an expert teacher on Insight Timer with Reiki meditations and courses published internationally, she is helping to spread Reiki worldwide. LaTanya has also been featured in multiple magazines and has presented about Reiki on various podcasts. Her latest project is the Reiki House, a residential sanctuary for retreats, healing, and peaceful solitude. For more information about the Reiki House or to schedule a session or become a certified healer, go to www.imreikinow.com and follow her on Instagram @imreikinow to see video testimonials of Reiki sessions.