I'm a therapist with a home based biz who didn't say no to FOMO. I made you a short video about how to stay SAFE. Click the image below to watch it.
FOMO - that fear of missing out - can cause therapists just starting out to compromise their safety.
FOMO can cause you take a risk that you usually wouldn't - it can stop you from listening to your intuition - from following your gut.
If you feel like something might be a bit dodgy about a potential client - listen to your gut -
DO NOT override your intuition.
The only time I've experienced a situation where the client was looking for a service I was not offering ....
And just so we are really clear here, the client was after a "happy ending" which is not something I offer.
If you don't know what ' a happy ending is' ... it's time to GOOGLE! -
This is how it happened to me.
I accepted a booking from a random man on a Friday night.
I was an experienced therapist but I'd recently moved and most of my loyal clients weren't up for a 45 min drive so I was rebuilding my business from the ground up.
I'm not sure how this particular man got my number. Probably from my Natural Therapy Pages listing, under which I listed relaxation massage as a modality I was offering. (NOTE ... check out your area and don't offer this unless you're sure it's not being used as CODE for 'happy ending')
My usual policy to only accept men as clients who have been personally recommended by women, but I broke that rule.
The other thing I also do, is only give me address via the email confirmation using my online booking.
Because it was such short notice, I disregarded that rule as well.
About half way through the massage, a hand snakes out from under the towel to touch my leg. "Do you offer extra relaxation?"
This took me by complete surprize and I guffawed... really, I just let a belly laugh escape and spluttered 'NO'.
And that was the end of it.
I did finish up a little more rapidly than usual and I was nervous that I wouldn't be paid, but I didn't feel unsafe. AND I did not offer to rebook.
AND I've spend the next 10 years feeling grateful of this SOFT reminder to follow my gut.
When I tell my non massaging friends this story they can't believe it. What? they say - surely an isolated incident. No way - this is reality for massage therapists (of all genders) BUT particularly an issue for WOMEN working from home.
I'd love to hear about your biz... any FOMO moments for you? Somewhere else you are stuck?
Reach out. I can help.
If you found my FOMO tip useful, here's another that you might enjoy!
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