The longest time I have spent away from my massage practice was approximately three weeks when I volunteered to be part of the support crew for team Xstrata in The Race Across America. I knew it was a once in a lifetime adventure that I couldn't pass up, and I enjoyed every minute of the experience! But, as a self-employed massage therapist, if I wasn't working, I wasn't getting paid.
Does that last sentence resonate with you? Have you held out on vacations or missed opportunities because you were worried about the loss of income?
When I recently met with Arlene Keith (formerly Doyle), an RMT of 38 years, she explained how she travels for months at a time and maintains a supportive massage practice. What advice would she give to those who are self-employed and hesitate to take more time off? “You can’t add up how much money you're losing for traveling”
I admit that the loss of income is a factor I struggle with when taking time off. However, over the years with planning and preparation- sometimes a bit of hustle afterward, it can all work itself out! Ask me how.
The truth is that we need to take time off for our own well-being, which Arlene also explains in this episode.
I hope that you will consider the cost benefits of taking time off and make a plan for yourself to do so.
Most people won’t because it’s easier not to. Are you most people?
P.S. If you're interested in learning ways you can travel long term and have a successful massage practice, listen to episode #007 of The Radical RMT with Arlene Keith.
P.P.S. Start small, learn a few ways you can take time off without the stress of losing income. Check out this article.