For the most part, reflexologists work for themselves, although they may work at businesses that include reflexology as one of a number of services that they provide. It is probably wise to assume that you are going to run your own business, even if you do end up working for another organization. In most cases, organizations that use reflexologists bring them in as independent contractors rather than employees.
You should begin by taking the best, most comprehensive course of study you can find from a school that will certify you as a practitioner. After that, if you have not found an organization that you can work for, begin to practice on your own. You may rent an office or set up shop at home in order to save money. You may begin by working part time, so that you can earn money by other means while you are getting your business underway. Be sure to investigate the state and local laws that may affect you.
To run your own business, you need to be well versed in basic business skills. You may want to take courses in business or seek advice from the local office of the Small Business Administration (https://www.sba.gov). Seek advice from people you know who run their own businesses. Your financial survival will depend on your business skills, so be sure that you know what you are doing.
Because most reflexologists work for themselves, advancement in the field is directly related to the quality of treatment they provide and their business skills. Reflexologists advance by proving to the members of their community that they are skilled, honest, professional, and effective.
Talk to reflexologists about their careers. Ask them for advice on breaking into the field. Visit http://reflexology-usa.net/referrals.htm and https://reflexology-usa.org/practitioners/.
Join the Reflexology Association of America and the International Institute of Reflexology (IIR) to take advantage of networking opportunities, continuing education classes and workshops, and other resources that will help you build a successful practice.
Read the IIR’s blog (http://www.reflexology-usa.net) to learn more about the field.