General Business Startup Resources
Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource
By the Internal Revenue Service
Small Business Planner
Information and resources for any stage of the business lifecycle.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small business owners.
Business Owner's Toolkit
Small Business Guide: Information and tools to help you start, run and grow a successful small business.
Small Business Nation
From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Center
My Own Business
A nonprofit organization helping people succeed in business. They offer a free course on how to start your own business as well as articles, tips and resource links.
Evaluating Your Massage Therapy Business Potential
ABMP: Massage Therapy Fact Sheet
Massage profession metrics from Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
AMTA: Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet
A compilation of data gathered from U.S. government statistics, surveys of consumers and massage therapists and recent clinical studies on the efficacy of massage, from the American Massage Therapy Association
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Massage Therapists
From the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adults
Article from Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics
Quick statistics on the percentage of adults aged >18 years who used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in 2001
From the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sales Tax Institute
Credit Card Merchant Accounts
PayPal merchant credit card services. Enables any individual or business with an email address to securely, easily and quickly send and receive payments online.
ChargeAmerica merchant credit card services. Convenient, low-cost alternative to traditional merchant account services.
CellCharge provides small businesses an easy to use method of accepting credit cards. The nationwide system lets you use a cell phone or touch tone phone to authorize approvals from customers credit card account.
Online database of providers who issue merchant accounts.
Formerly Cardservice International Inc.—provides flexible and secure products and services that enable merchants across the nation to accept nearly all types of electronic payments.
Business Plan Samples
Sample business plans and other useful resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Sample massage therapy business plan
Use this sample for reference in writing your own plan, or actually open it in Business Plan Pro software and edit it to match your business.
Setting Massage Rates
Article by Larry Swanson