The thing is my girlfriend thinks that this is a bad idea, and doesn't want me to leave. Her Dad says that I have to pay my dues and work for a place for a couple of years and learn how to run a business that way. My argument is " What was I doing in student clinic? And why did my teachers keep giving advice throughout the program on how to run a business? And if I don't know anything, why did I spend all that time in massage practice and theory, take the three day course on massage and the law, and the other three day course on business massage being taught by an outside successful therapist? Why did I waste all that time if I wouldn't know anything when I got out anyways?" Okay I get what her Dad is saying, and how that applies to the normal corporate ladder job, but I thought the best way to learn how to do a massage practice is draw up a business plan, get the capital and do it. Now I respect the guy and take his words as wisdom, he paid his dues at what he does and now makes a few grand over 100,000 per year, but he has never done massage therapy. I say yes, I am not established with years of practice under my belt, nor do I have the capital to set up a nice spa or clinic, like I'll say again, Massage Envy. But I do have the drive, a sales rep, the ability and willingness to get out into the world and sell myself and let the world at large know that despite my being green in my career and only 21, that I am true professional and expect to be considered and treated as such. On top of that I have a friend who wants to push me and simultaneously help us other two guys become successful as well, and he is going to use his own money to do it.
My girlfriend is going to be taken care of, so I'm free. But on the flipside I'm inexperienced, and the prospect is risky, but at least I will learn something.
What do you think I should do?