Are You Ready to Start Your Psychic Business?
If you’ve been doing readings for others whether they’ve been Tarot, Oracle Cards, Mediumship, or Angel Card readings and haven’t yet charged for them, it’s time to plan getting your professional psychic business up and running!
How to get started as a Professional Psychic or Medium gives you excellent pointers for beginning your intuitive business. Also, if you have a business up and running, and aren’t getting much business yet, these tips will most likely offer you excellent advice on how to turn things around.
If you’re ready to get started as a professional, read what I learned when I first began doing professional readings.
Firstly, get some certification which adds to credibility. Of course, we’d like to suggest our Psychic-Clairvoyance or Mediumship Home Study courses. However, there are some other courses available on the Internet to get a decent certification.
If you are just starting out, think about doing readings for free. Offering free readings for a short time not only aids in building a good foundation with your reading skills but you will start gaining more confidence. Additionally, you’ll learn to trust the insights that you give to clients as being accurate. Also, this is an excellent way to experience working with different types of clients. And yes, you will even make some mistakes. Doing free readings is perfectly alright.
About Psychic Lines
A great way to gain experience is to read on a Psychic Line for a while. I know. Sounds scary right? But it’s a great way to gain experience. There are many Psychic Lines out there. Some lines are excellent to work on, and some could demand too much of your time or just doesn’t work out. Don’t worry about that. Your goal is to find the right one that works best for you. Just don’t sign a contract or pay any line money upfront!
…and Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Also, please be ethical and don’t tell client’s what you think they want to hear, as opposed to what you are actually psychically receiving. This practice is a huge no no and goes entirely against The Psychic Code of Ethics. Although the temptation might be there so you can get high ratings, it will hurt you in the long run. There are diplomatic ways to answer questions to get around this. You don’t have to lie about what you see but soften what you are seeing if it looks to be adverse news for your client.
When I Started Giving Professional Readings
The day came when I knew I was ready to charge for readings. And, I did not quit my day job for quite some time. In fact, for many years, I did readings on the side along with teaching classes. The reason for keeping this busy schedule was that I wasn’t willing yet to go full-time. I had the fear that I couldn’t make a decent living exclusively doing readings and sittings. Working like this eventually changed.
As mentioned on my About Me page, I eventually took the leap of faith to strike out on my own and created Imagine Spirit’s website. And, I’ve never looked back.
How to Decide What to Charge
When you start your own professional psychic practice, look in the area where you will be doing your readings and see what other people charge. The fees for giving readings in the different geographic parts of the United States can vary significantly. For example, a fee for a one-hour reading in San Francisco is most likely twice as much as a person might charge in Billings, Montana. It doesn’t seem fair, but that’s the reality of it. You have to take into consideration the average income of the nearby populace. If you are charging a hefty fee in your area and don’t get any takers, you can pretty much guess that you are charging too much. After building a good client base and acquiring testimonials, you can eventually raise your fee little by little.
Do You Need a Special License?
Check to see if your city, county, or state requires a permit. When residing in Scottsdale, I had to obtain a “Magic Arts” license. They even finger-printed me. I was somewhat angry about this but went along with it.
Doing phone readings helps to overcome the location lower-income problem and licensing problems. If you have a professional looking website and keep good business practices, you can charge a fair fee. Again, it’s a matter of building a clientele and being responsible in your work ethics. If you book reading, let’s say a phone reading, and aren’t there at the appointed time or are late, your business will suffer.
Should You Do Readings in Your Home?
At the beginning of doing readings professionally, I did bring clients into my home. However, as a single woman, I’m not so sure that was a good idea. These days, bringing strangers into a home or apartment should be approached with caution. If possible, get the client as a referral. Thank the referring person and let them know you’ve booked a reading with their friend. It’s a good idea also to have a security camera outside your door. It doesn’t even have to work, but just by signaling people that they’re on film discourages any thoughts of harmful behavior.
If You Choose to Have Office Space
Sign the shortest lease period possible. You don’t know how this will work out until you do readings there for a while. Make your office pretty and relaxing. Make your space smell nice but please don’t have an overpowering scent. Lavender or jasmine is great. You can get okay furniture at second-hand stores. Don’t laugh, but Goodwill has some lovely furniture if you scout around. Please make sure any furniture covering is not spotted or dingy looking. Some chairs or couches might look better with a new furniture cover.
If you like gothic-type pictures or Shazaam posters, save them for home. Relaxing and beautiful prints are best.
If possible, have a decorative water fountain on the left side of the door when walking in. This is good fung shui for lots of traffic and incoming prosperity.
How to Market Yourself
You will want to create a domain name for your website. Many people use their own name, and some use just part of their name. My website is not under my own name, as you can see with this site’s name, ImagineSpirit.com. I obtained this generic domain name for purposes of not only doing readings, but I knew I would eventually teach classes.You can decide what kind of domain name is best for your business.
Have business cards made up and make sure they look professional! Go to VistaPrint.com and order some!
Become active on Social Media. It’s the best way to get FREE marketing!
Your WEBSITE should have:
- A home page with excellent images, maybe a quote, and a mission statement. Make sure you have a really nice picture of yourself on it.
- Tell people what you do, e.g., what kind of readings you offer. This is important!
- Decide if you will need an office or will be doing readings from home. If you are doing readings from home, you will need to take precautions and not list your address at first, but state the general area you are located in.
- List your business hours and what time you take calls. Some individuals even have an automatic calendar that schedules for them.
- Have a page for testimonials and perhaps put one on your home page. Keep all your testimonials. These are gold for you. Most people don’t have a problem with providing one, that is if they liked their reading.
- Obtain a standard PayPal Business Account (It’s free except for their individual transaction charges).
- Get on Facebook and Social Media to make your presence known. On Facebook, join a lot of similar type groups and build a following.
- Start writing blogs (most web companies have a blog platform you can include).
Choose a Good Hosting Company
Sign up with a good hosting company to hold a basic WordPress site. Or, create a website on Wix.com — or some other free platform. Another excellent suggestion is to get a site on SquareSpace.com. Their templates are beautiful, professional looking, and they will help you put your site together. Monthly hosting cost on SquareSpace is not that much. Also, create an email address that corresponds pretty much with your website name if you possibly can. Using a basic Gmail or Cox account email is fine but is not as professional looking. Try and keep the email address short and easy to remember.
Sample email: AcemePsychic@XXXXX.com
Don’t Expect Business to Boom Right Away
It takes time to build a platform for customers to come to you. As the proverbial saying goes, “don’t quit your day job” until you have a more than ample client base. When I first began doing readings, I only did them in the evenings and on some weekends. Eventually, I had more business than I could handle, but it DOES take time! Word of mouth is one of the best ways you will get clients.
There’s so much more I want to share with you, but these tips will have to wait for a future blog post. Wink. Wink.