I want to know all the steps and process/investments I need to take in order to become an independent contractor as a massage therapist.?

I am getting my certification in massage therapy in two years. I do not want to work for a company or work as an independent contractor for a company. I just want to work for myself and by myself. I just want to know what steps I must take to get there. I am aware that I will have to rent a room/space and buy my

I am getting my certification in massage therapy in two years. I do not want to work for a company or work as an independent contractor for a company. I just want to work for myself and by myself. I just want to know what steps I must take to get there. I am aware that I will have to rent a room/space and buy my own equipment. I am more concerned about the taxes and paperwork/legal issues involved.

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John D:
It makes no difference that you are massage, it is a business and within certain parameters business is business – cash flow, taxes, expenses, and everything. Any good book about how to run a business will be helpful about that. My best advice is to get an accountant – they will guide you through it all and you will need one anyway. First thing I did 35 years ago when I started was to call an accountant and I've had one ever since. Not on payroll, just a relationship, as needed.
Jim.Moor:
Download and study the Schedule C form from the IRS. It tells you what you should track for profit and loss from a business. Very simple actually! Only 2 pages!!!
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040sc….
Also, get the Instructions guide book that describes each thing.
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040sc….

Also, check your city for laws where you can do business, some allow home business like massage.

You'll prob need a state license.
If you have a business name other than your name, have to file for a fictitious name and publish in appropriate newspaper.

If you sell items, will need to contact your State Tax Franchise Board for resale permit. They will tell you how often to return taxes.

That's about it! In the US, it's pretty easy to start a business, and the tax laws encourage small businesses.

Lena Schwartz:
College
babyboomer1001:
Incorporating will protect your personal finances. You might need malpractice insurance. Check with your school.
John:
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