Small Businesses Beware!

I will ashamedly hold my hand up, and admit, that I was not so smart in the first 6 months of doing business.
I heard the word "Advertising" and lots of numbers about how many people would see my Ads and thought "Oh Yes Please, I am a new business and need all the help I can get!".

Sadly as the new year has started, I have been uncovering more and more scams that people have been trying to pull on me, or have unfortunately been successful in pulling off on me.
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After realizing I was the victim of a marketing scam, I did some research and discovered a page posted by the FHT which describes what happens.

As I started reading, I recognized a lot of the names coming up.
The companies which I have fallen victim to, are listed below:
Digital Jupiter
Emergency Services Press
Authoized Publications Ltd
Staff Discounts UK

I have also been contacted toda by MLP Media another company known for false-selling practices.

Also check ou the advice give by Safe From Scams, to make sure that you don't fall prey to these unethical practices.

If you are local to West Lothian, the two marketing resources I have had some success with, is the West Lothian Business Directory, as well as the "Up the Street" Mailer, otherwise my advice to you would be "Don't agree to any advertising deals immediately, tell the sales rep you will need time to discuss the offer, and then DO YOUR RESEARCH!"

Laura's List!

One of the Therapists I respect most in the Massage Industry, Laura Allen has recently redesigned her website, and with this has created a list of reputable massage therapists throughout the world, so that anyone visiting her site can find a safe, comfortable massage experience.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to be included in her list, and want to thank her for considering me and putting my site on there.

If you are traveling and looking for a legitimate Massage Therapist, please consider checking out Laura's List.
http://lauraallenmt.com/blog/lauras-list-of-massage-therapists/

Also if you are a Student, or Newly licensed Massage Therapist I highly recommend Laura's excellent books on the Massage Industry and certification, available from http://lauraallenmt.com/blog/books-by-laura-allen/

Clinic Progress

The hardest part about getting my business going, is setting up the clinic and making sure the facilities are good enough for my clients. As I am a bit of a perfectionist, this has often caused me a sleepless night or two, or three.
The good news is that now that it's coming to the crunch, things are finally coming together.
I have the decorating team in this week painting the interior, and this weekend the company who are doing the signage, and window decals will get started.

Once everything has been completed, I am hoping to be posting some before and after shots, and just some nice shots to let you check out the clinic and see what you have in store when you come to visit.

Don't forget that I am now taking appointments for the clinic, call me or email me if you would like to schedule an appointment with me, and remember Tuesday is Lollipop day, and for those lucky few who schedule an appointment for that day (only 4 places left) you will receive a free Lollipop gift.