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The alternative health therapies industry in Australia generates over $7 billion in revenue, with expected growth of 3% over the next five years. From traditional Chinese medicine to therapeutic massage, there is an increasing demand as a result of growing private health insurance membership and greater coverage of services by private health insurers. As a response in Australia’s ageing population, more massage therapeutic and massage therapy businesses are now appearing and boosting demand.

Choosing a business structure for your massage therapist business can be a challenging task as the decision you make will be a significant factor in either the success or failure of your business in the long run. Consequently, to make the best possible decision you should be aware of all the potential business structures available. Also, you should select a structure that strikes you as being the most appropriate and learn about their advantages and disadvantages in greater detail. Depending on the business structure you choose, you may wish to seek legal advice in order to assist you setting up your business.

Operating as a Sole Trade Massage Therapy Business

You may say which to pick a sole trader business structure for your massage therapist business. This business structure is by far and away the simplest structure available to you. Many sole traders offer remedial massage therapy and relaxation massage services.

A sole trader business structure will allow you to have complete control over all the finances of your business. Consequently, you will be able to choose where your profits go, whether that be in your personal life or invested back into the business. This structure will provide you with the flexibility to ride out the turbulent times and enjoy the good ones. Also, a sole trader business structure is the cheapest and simplest to create. Therefore, if you are looking to get your massage therapist business up and running as soon as possible with as little cost as possible, this will likely be the business structure for you.

However, making your massage therapist business efficiently does have a few drawbacks. The most pertinent one is that all financial liability you incur during the running of your business may more significantly impact your personal life. As a result, should your business fall upon hard times, you may be required to borrow or sell to keep both yourself and your massage therapist business afloat. Nevertheless, if you are looking to establish your business over time and invest, a sole trader could well be the most suitable business structure for you.

Relaxation Massage Services as Partnerships

Another business structure you could choose for your massage therapist business is that of a partnership. This structure is when two or more people decide to go into business together to pool resources and expertise, hopefully providing an advantage over those who conduct business by themselves.

The most obvious benefit of this a partnership business structure for your massage therapist business is the ability significantly expand the capital of your business for minimal cost. However, were you to choose a partnership business structure both you and your partner/s will be liable for any debt incurred by the other during the conduct of business. Therefore, it is imperative that you have a partnership agreement drafted by a legal professional, and that you trust your partner/s to conduct business in the best interest of all concerned.

Key Takeaways

Market share for massage therapy is expected to increase over the five years. If you are looking to start your own massage therapist business or expand your already existing massage therapist business, you should begin to consider which business structure you will choose. A partnership business structure will allow you to pool resources with like-minded individuals and potentially provide you with and advantage over the competition. Also, it will allow you to grow your capital for minimal cost thereby allowing for easy expansion of your massage therapist business. Alternatively, you may wish to conduct business as a sole trader, thereby giving you total ownership and control over your business. We can assist with any business structuring enquiries, as well as commercial leasing and registering your business name.


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