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Place to open a massage business?

Postby choco520 » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 1:03 am

hi guys, i just came back to sg recently and i'm thinking of starting a business here, i used to be in the massage industry in usa. We service the bay area in california for 5 years, and specialised in swedish, deep tissue, tui na and accupressure massage. I was wondering how is the market here in singapore and business location for recommendation.
It will be greatly appreciated if you all can contribute to the views. thanks
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Postby durain » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 1:37 am

geylang would be a good start for your location.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 6:54 am

Yeah, and you would be in direct competition with PRC study mama's who would teach you a thing or two about finishing off the sessions. :P

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Postby Plavt » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 7:01 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Yeah, and you would be in direct competition with PRC study mama's who would teach you a thing or two about finishing off the sessions. :P




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Postby Wind In My Hair » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 7:08 am

Choco, have a walk around town or the suburbs. Spas offering massages are everywhere. Location is not the main problem now, it's timing. Singapore is in recession mode and people cut back on luxuries like spas. It's a highly competitive industry - I'm starting to get calls from spas to market their services the way the banks do, and that's never happened until recently so business doesn't seem too good now.

Still, if you can find a niche and think you can stay afloat for a couple of years while the going is slow, you may have a chance. Good luck!

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Postby pakjohn » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 7:15 am

Opening a massage business here would be similar to opening a taco stand in the Bay area. You're competing with several hundred other businesses that will do it cheaper and offer services you won't.

I guess you might be able to carve out a niche business in the expat community. Look at the therapeutic ads in Singapore Craigslist to give you an idea.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 9:50 am

It is almost like the Bubble Tea thing a couple of years ago. You will have several lined up together and nobody making any money until you go out of business. It's already like that in some areas that I've noticed. You will really need a 'gimmick' to survive. :wink:

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Postby durain » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 7:22 pm

...and a couple of years back, the portugese egg tart.


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