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Reiki Fees/Working with a Group

Cross posted quite a bit

I'm really wanting to 'buckle down' with my reiki work and make a career (of sorts) out of it. I'm currently working on setting up my own school, but it will probably be a while before I can invite others into it (a money thing, part of why I need to start making some income!)

I've searched locally, and I was really surprised to see that I couldn't find any webpages of local RMs. The best I found was someone's mention on Craigslist. (Can we say 'Yay! Fill the niche!'? lol) What I also did find, and quite a few of them given the liberal/spiritual location I'm in, was several spas that offer reiki.

Now it appears that around here, the going rate for a Reiki session is $60-80 an hour. So in the spa situation, I'm wondering several things:

1. How much of that goes to the establishment, and how much to the practitioner? What is a fair rate or percentage if the spa is providing the space, supplies (tables, towels, incense, music, etc), and advertizing? What if they go to someone's home, so the spa only provides the advertizing - Does this change the division?

2. Is the fee paid directly to the practitioner or the establishment?

3. In the event that the fee is paid to the establishment who in turn pays the practitioner, would taxes be taken out or would I have to hold out a portion on my own? (I would only work every now and then, so I doubt a weekly pay check would be applicable. I'm also wondering in case I decide to offer these services through my school)

4. In such situations, is the practitioner usually able to build a clientele or is it usually just a first-come first-available situation?

Thanks for your help in answering these questions! I'd rather know a little bit about the mechanics BEFORE I go talking to any establishments.



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Aug. 17th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
i would imagine each spa is different. some will employ the (reiki, massage, etc) specialist, and in that case, all you'd get would be your wages. some spas (and other places that do this sort of thing) will have some sort of deal arranged up front as to how much each party gets. if you're looking into getting a job in a spa (or similar), it's going to be a matter of asking them how they do it. it's not unlike general contractors who sub out to specialists. some will be on the paycheck, some will be self-employed and getting a set fee for the job, some will be doing it on a share contingency, etc etc.
Aug. 17th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Ah, ok. Well I was hoping to get a ballpark idea of what a 'fair' portion of that hourly pay would be. I'm not sure if I actually want to cleave myself to a spa or not. But that is a situation I'm now contemplating for my own school (and wondering what percentage would be fair to bring in to help the school get off the ground...)
Aug. 17th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking it'd be a lot lot like the deals massage therapists make with their spas, which can vary with each one:

-- there's a pre-determined split of the money - usually an MT will make between 25 and 40% per client. The client will pay the owner, or whoever's in charge of taking the money, and then at the end of the pay period, all the clients' pay will be consolidated into one check from the spa. Tips are usually, but not always, cash, and given out the day they're received.

-- Sometimes in addition to a percentage, a spa will pay a flat hourly rate of, say, $8.00 an hour, so that the therapist is expected to be in the spa a certain number of hours a day, in case clients just walk in off the street.

-- Sometimes spas will rent out rooms to therapists, so that you're paying a couple hundred a month or whatever to the spa owner, and keeping 100% of your profits from your clients. Usually in those cases, you'll likely be responsible for booking and handling your own clients.

-- If you're looking to do house-calls, you might want to advertise on your own and cut out the spa altogether. You can even check out local spas and just ask if they'd carry your business cards or flyers, or leave them discount-coupons, so that clients who hear about your practice at that spa receives 10 bucks off, or an extra 10 minutes of reiki or something.

-- On taxes - if you're not considered an "employee" of the spa, you're expected to file taxes on your own. The exact term for it escapes me right now. Like a freelance person. In the event that you'd be practically starting up your own business - renting a space, for example, or going home to home - you might want to look into becoming a corporation; that way, you could keep track of everything you spend, on towels, table, incense, oils, sheets, etc. - and list it on your taxes.

Of course, some who make house calls don't do that, and that way they don't have to give up anything *cough* But that has its risks.

It's always tricky to build a steady clientele, and can be slow-going at first, and take a lot of time and energy, in my experience. When you're looking around at spas, make sure you find one where there seems to be potential for growth and sufficient interest - "day spa" types where they mainly do facials and manicures, might not have as many reiki-interested people as holistic spas or medical facilities. And don't be afraid to scout them out first - get a treatment there, see how busy they are - so you're not stuck in a crappy situation after getting a job.

A good way to spread word of mouth, too, is to volunteer your services as, say, part of a town-sponsored event - a charity raffle, for instance - or to do a write-up to you local newspaper about your practice and see if they'd want to publish it. (Happens more often than you'd think, I'm told)

Hope this helps a little. I know I have a whole business book somewhere, but it's probably under my bed somewhere...
Aug. 17th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Helps a little? You've helped a whole lot! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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