Slim Soul Academy
Description of the business that someone could buy into:
Holistic slimming coaching using tools from complementary therapies, reiki, hypnotherapy and emotional freedom technique and more, as per the unique groundbreaking sustainable and holistic method described in the book Journey of the Slim Soul, by Anges de Lumiere.
Hours you might need to work to make it succeed:
Networking is really important, as little as you want or as much as you want. Probably an average of at least eight hours a week. Less if you have a really good network. Job implies running a one hour workshop at least once a week, doing one to one sessions with clients and running workshops (the training offered prepares you for all of this with manuals, slides and online support).
Skills that will help you make this business work:
Ideal for either existing complementary therapists, personal trainers, counsellors or coaches who want to add a holistic dimension to their work OR complete novice as long as they have experienced being overweight. Listening skills, consideration and empathy are really important to do the job.
Tell me the facts
Jan 2011 (the slim soul academy but the book was published in November 2009)
What You Offer:
Franchise (but more licence type as entry fee is reasonably low)
Initial Start up Costs:
Approximately £1,000 pounds (£400 for the three day training, then £500 in licence fees for the first ten months plus option to earn a side income by selling the books that the licensees can purchase at 60% of the retail price. This does not include the cost of renting a therapy room or a room to run groups. But most of it can be done from home, as long as there is a tidy, professionally looking home.)
Ongoing monthly costs e.g. fees for accounting/marketing/advertising support:
It’s up to each licensee (I find that twitter and facebook work really well and networking and free talks, all of these being free)
Annual costs e.g. renewing licenses:
Yearly licence is 650 pounds payable in monthly instalments of £50 pounds but if paid in advance, it’s only £500 pounds for the year.
Training offered. Please describe any training you offer to help someone starting this business:
A four day training which enables the person to practice as a Slim Soul coach, which combines tools from reiki, hypnotherapy, emotional freedom technique, feng shui, crystals, bach flower remedies, etc (as per the book). A separate module (not included in the initial package) focuses on how to start your own practice (as this training is targeted at existing therapists as well as people without qualifications) although basics are going to be given on the initial training. Coaches are entitled to run support groups, one to one coaching sessions, workshops and passports (according to the eight week plan that forms the content of the second book by the author) which enable clients to get started on their slimming journeys.
Support offered. Please describe the ongoing support you can offer to someone taking up this business opportunity:
Online community, email support, buddying schemes and regular meetings with other coaches to share learning curve. As an option we also offer some shadowing during workshops and support groups for the first few session (at extra cost) provided the licensee is relatively local to us (Bristol).
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