Starting a Hypnosis Practice: Resources
In my program, How to Start a Hypnosis Practice, we cover how to do just that--start one of the most rewarding businesses there is. It struck me one day after a smoking cessation session, that I was helping save lives! You can too. Each person you help stop smoking, lose weight, get over an old trauma or manage their pain better is a potential source of lifelong gratefulness. My hypnosis course can show you the hypnosis part. How to Start a Hypnosis Practice can help you with the non-hypnosis part.
And starting a hypnosis practice is one of the lowest cost, lowest risk, highest profit potential businesses. You really can start one on a shoestring budget. But a lot of people don't know how. So I put together a program on starting a hypnosis practice. In the program, we cover business plans, legal requirements, business entities, marketing, paperwork requirements, hypnosis organizations and more. Here is a list of resources that can help you further along those lines.
Business Plan Software
Help Starting a Business
Credit Card Processing and Shopping Carts
To take credit card payments over the Internet, the simplest way is to sign up for PayPal business account...
Taking credit card payments at the door of the seminar? The first thing to remember is that you may not have to charge their credit card right then (it all depends on your web site setup). Just get what's called a "knuckle buster" and some blank credit card slips. The knuckle buster makes an imprint of their credit card on the slip. If you have their name, address, card number and expiration (everything but the address will be on the sales receipt) - you can run the transactions later from your web site (if you have it set up fully).
Ask whoever you order the knuckle buster from for some compatible blank receipts/ sales slips.
If you're going to enter payments yourself from your web site, you'll need a shopping cart program. That's a thingy that interfaces with PayPal or your other methods of accepting payments. I use UltraCart. I recommend them.
If you want to go whole hog, you'll need a bunch of stuff.
Practice Pay Solutions handled my setup and all the details for me.
You'll also need a merchant account - I set up a business account at Washington Mutual
com as my merchant account (no monthly fees and they're near my place).
In a nutshell...
If you're just doing sessions, just use PayPal with no shopping cart. In this case, you might consider requiring people to pay via PayPal before they get to you.
If you want to be able to take credit card payments at your door, get a shopping cart program that works with PayPal (such as Ultra Cart)
If you want to go all out, use Practice Pay Solutions. They're experienced in handling processing for counselors, consultants and hypnotherapists. They'll help you to set up the rest of what you'll need (Merchant account, gateway, accounts with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex etc.). I'd still recommend using Ultra Cart and accepting payments through PayPal with them.
In the long run, you'll want to do the full merchant account, gateway Practice Pay Solutions thing. It's the real deal but there are monthly fees. If you do more than a certain volume, it will be cheaper though and PayPal has some other drawbacks. But to start out - PayPal.
Choice of Entity Information
There are tons of forms available in How to Start a Hypnosis Practice.