One of the greatest advantages to being a massage therapist is the number of options you have when thinking about where you want to practice. One option is to set up a practice in your own home. Before you decide whether to use your home as your business location, however, consider these pros and cons.
Pros of a Home Office
Easy to set up if you have extra space in your home
No expense or commitment of a lease
Control of how you want the space decorated
You won't have to commute
You can claim certain expenses as tax deductions for a home office. See IRS Publication 587: Business Use of Your Home Office, at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p587.pdf
Cons of a Home Office
You might have to modify your home in order to comply with zoning laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For more detail on ADA, go to http://www.usdoj.gov/, or call the ADA information line at (800) 514-0301.
Clients might feel less secure in a residential environment rather than a commercial environment.
You might have difficulty separating personal and business needs
As you consider if a home office is the right choice for you, remember that location has no bearing on your ethical standards and professionalism.