1 Year Anniversary of Locker 27

So over the weekend I celebrated 1 year at Locker 27! I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone, I do feel like I have been there forever (in a good way).

I recently did and interview talking about how I got into doing sports massage and all the challenges that I have faced along the way. Therefore, this blog will be my story to getting my amazing room at Locker 27.

When I was at University I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I finished my Sports Science Degree, I knew I enjoyed the anatomy and physiology modules of my course but had no idea what to do as a full time job. I decided to do a Sports Massage Diploma as a CV booster as I was thinking about doing a Physio masters and this would help me get onto a course. The company I selected ended up asking me to set up the Sports Massage course at my University and I was in charge of getting students enrolled on the course.

Once I started the course it became obvious that I really loved it and started to think about making it my career. I didn’t know anything about setting up a business, but I knew that is what I would have to do if I wanted to make it a full time job! So, at the age of 21 I was a business owner and completely 100% self employed and very scared. The first year was tough, but I decided to work under the umbrella of other companies to gain experience and do some private work on the side. I cannot thank these companies enough for that year of experience – it massively helped me to gain confidence and enhance my skills as a therapist.

In September 2017 I started at Locker 27 – I knew it would take a while to build up a client base large enough to be there full time so for a while I had a couple of locations on the go. This was SO tough on my body, I was driving from one location, eating lunch in the car and then starting all over again at the next. Some days I was working 12 hour days – but it was definitely worth it!

I have now been full time at Locker 27 since May and it has been amazing – I have a lot more time to myself to grow my business, work on my social media presence and grow my knowledge. My clients are lovely, friendly and I love making a difference to their lives. This difference could simply be ‘I got a PB in my latest completion’ or could be as big as ‘I am no longer in pain’.  The staff at Locker have been so welcoming and I definitely feel part of the locker family!

Challenges/difficulties:

  1. Location – finding the right place for me took a while, I worked at 3/4 different locations before finding Locker 27 but each location taught me different things not just about massage but also about how to (or not to) run a business.
  2. Age – I am young, some locations didn’t want to give me a job because I was so young and they didn’t think I had enough experience. This was tough to overcome because I can’t change my ages – however I felt my youth was a bonus! I was fresh out of studying with a vast knowledge base of the latest scientific studies and with the most up to date training.
  3. Tax – I did not have a clue how to do a tax return, they don’t teach you this in maths at school, I was so lucky as a family friend offered to help me and I couldn’t have done it without him. The most important thing is to stay on top of it, record everything as you go along and don’t get behind!

 

Thank you to everyone for supporting me over the last 2 years – here is to many more!

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