I am thinking of training to be a baby massage instructor to run classes in my local area. Currently there are no such classes around me. I am just a bit scared of giving up my current job and taking the leap! Any advice -negative or positive would really be appreciated.
You're not going to make very much money I suspect - you'll be lucky to break even in the first year.
Have a look at potential venues and see how much they charge for the hour, check that they're suitable for pushchair access, have good clean toilets and somewhere to make tea
Most parents like to pay on a drop-in basis but it's a lot easier for your cash flow if you can get them to pay for a set of classes in advance
You'll need to get in with your local midwives, children's centres, health visitors, independent antenatal teachers (although many of them will be offering similar services so won't want to advertise the competition).
Most of the people offering baby massage have something else to offer as well - they're antenatal teachers or breastfeeding counsellors or yoga teachers or physios - parents will be more likely to want to pay if they're getting expert advice as well
If you are going to do it, then go for the Touch Learn training. It really is the best and it is recognised by many Sure Start centres. If you train to a highly accredited level you are more likely to be commissioned to run sessions for businesses as well as private clients.
Is it a national company, by any chance? Three words in their name? It's something I'm looking to do as well in a few years as I believe there is a profit to be made and it'd be a good lifestyle business, fitting in with a few other business ideas I have. However, concerns I have are - can I close my franchise at any point, if numbers aren't what they should be? How much pressure is on me to sell their products as a side line? Is there an annual fee for the franchise? These may be questions you've asked yourself too but just in case... I don't think you need to give up a full time job, but maybe go part time until you have a good number of takers?