The business of massage therapy isn’t all about the healing aspects of physical touch. Running your own practice is a business venture and should be treated as such.

Managing a successful massage practice takes a special touch–one you can learn through home-study courses.

Massage home-study courses in business can help you target business strategies, attract new clientele or generally expand your business knowledge. Many massage schools teach students the ins and outs of massage therapy and do not teach all the skills necessary to run a successful business. This leaves new graduates to fend for themselves.

If you choose to learn some of these skills, one topic you might want to delve into is creating a business model. By establishing your business model, you can determine what you need to break even financially, estimate the demand for the needs you can offer, learn about business zoning restrictions within municipalities and set business plans.

This course can help you find what works for you. Should you start at home, rent office space or buy property to open your practice? Determining what your financial limits and goals are can help you in establishing a successful business.

When you know your goals and limits, then you can start finding clients. Without proper marketing, no one will be able to find you. With sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social networking platforms, the marketing possibilities are endless.

Classes on marketing can teach you about writing news releases, educating the public, sales promotions, client retention, customer service and getting referrals from other practitioners. Getting your name out to the general public is key in promoting your newly formed business. And with your determined location, you can know how to cater to your surrounding clientele.

On the more technical business end remains managing your practice and employees. Home-study courses also teach you how to manage an office budget, maintain a ledger and proper balance sheet, maintain client records and the ins and outs of confidentiality laws.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget about taxes. Home-study courses can teach you about what tax deductions your practice might be eligible for and the importance of paying payroll taxes.

Make sure to check with your national and state licensing bodies to make sure the courses you select are acceptable for continuing education credits.