Many States in the US require a license to practice fortune telling. So, if your state is one of them, don't start your business until you obtain a license for the same. Else, it will be considered an illegal practice.
If you see your 'future' in fortune telling, this Buzzle article will definitely help you out. In today's times, when a lot of uncertainty is prevalent in our lives, many people turn to fortune tellers to seek help on issues which may be disturbing them. These issues may be related to both their personal and professional lives.
The various methods of fortune telling like tarot cards, palmistry, face-reading, astrology, etc., help people get a perspective about the situation they are currently experiencing. It helps them take decisions which could bring them relief. This has caused an increase in the number of fortune tellers, as it is a very lucrative business.
However, many states follow strict laws related to this practice, and if you plan to become a fortune teller, you will have to adhere to them. Here are a few points that can guide you to become a fortune teller.
Becoming a Fortune Teller
Know Why You Want to Become a Fortune Teller
Being a fortune teller can work well for people who have an interest in the various methods of predicting the future. If you possess an intuitive 'sixth sense' of predicting the future, you may like to pursue this profession. Remember that it takes a lot of knowledge and patience to know about fortune telling. If you are ready to invest a considerable amount of money and time in this business, then you should go ahead. Being a fortune teller is not like any normal business, and is full of financial uncertainty. Unless you create a reputation for yourself in this field, fortune telling cannot become a lucrative business. Also, there are many skeptics who do not believe in fortune telling, and may try to oppose your work. However, you will have to face them boldly, and continue to do your work with conviction. If you are ready to face all this strongly, then fortune telling is the profession for you.
Learn From a Practicing Fortune Teller
Merely putting up a signboard that you are a fortune teller will not establish you as one. If you are serious about this profession, it is advisable that you undergo proper training for the same. There are a few seasoned fortune tellers who may be willing to impart their knowledge. Training is also available on the Internet in the form of online courses. Several books are also available which cover the subject thoroughly. However, it is always advisable to learn from a fortune teller firsthand to get in-depth knowledge about the subject. Also, there are several fortune telling techniques which are used for predicting the future. You must make it a point to learn all of them. After you have acquired decent knowledge, apply for a license to practice as a fortune teller as per the laws laid down by your state.
Scout for a Perfect Location
Remember, how much you earn will be majorly dependent on the location of your setup. For starters, when you do not want to invest too much, you can go to other people's houses or call them to your own place for a fortune telling session. This will solve the issue of getting a place of your own. However, you can also set up a booth by the beach where there will be lots of crowd. Similarly, you can also set up a table on a busy sidewalk. Also, you can set up a storefront or put up a booth in front of a storefront. However, for the latter, you will have to share a certain amount from the proceeds with the storefront owner. Wherever you keep your stall, ensure that it is an area which attracts a lot of crowd. Once, you start earning well through this business, you can rent a commercial property or even buy yourself a small space, and expand your business.
Create the Ambiance
It is very important that the place where you sit for telling fortune exudes a cosmic ambiance. If you are setting up your office at home, you can add features like crystal bowls, colorful lights, bead curtains, etc. Your place should have a mysterious surrounding to it. People should believe that they are seeing a genuine fortune teller when they visit you. Hence, whether it is a small stall or a rented place, try to decorate it in such a manner that a maximum number of people will be drawn towards it.
Dress for the Job
Ideally speaking, would you ever visit a fashion designer who doesn't look the part? No. Similarly, it is very important that your outfit and personality speaks volumes about your profession. Try to get your hands on the appropriate clothing, either from online stores or a state in your city. You could wear a long kaftan with a turban draped in an eastern European style. Try to wear lots of beads and gemstones. Make sure the accessories are chunky, and make you stand out distinctly. Wear bright-colored clothes, and try to put on heavy makeup. Remember, everything about your personality should have an air of mystery.
Keep Learning New Methods
Whether it is astrology, palmistry, face-reading, or tarot card reading, it is advisable that you train yourself with as many fortune telling methods as you can. This way, you can cater to the needs of more number of people. Not only this, some people have specific needs, and want to know their future through a certain fortune telling method only. Hence, it becomes all the more important that you keep on learning new methods of fortune telling, and keep updating your knowledge to increase your customer base. However, remember that whatever you learn should be used for the benefits of others.
Decide Upon the Charges
At the beginning of your profession, keep nominal charges for telling fortune to others. You can decide these charges by comparing the rates of competitors. Not only this, but try not to charge too much, or else people will not visit you a lot, and you may lose out on your customer base. You may even charge them extra if you are going to their residence for consultation. Just imagine a scenario where you are charging $20 for tarot card reading, while your well-established competitor is charging $15. People will be compelled to visit her instead. In this case, you can keep the fee around $10. Unless you become an established fortune teller, expecting exorbitant fees will only drive customers away.
Don't Dupe Others
It is important that you conduct your business honestly. If you unnecessarily make people buy expensive things like gemstones, healing crystals, etc., or charge an exorbitant fee, they will leave you and go to someone else. Also, indulging in malpractices under the pretext of telling fortune can even cause your license to be revoked. It can also land you in trouble with the law if someone files a complaint against you. Follow fair practices, and keep a proper record of all your income. Ensure that the people who come to you have only good words to say about you.
Spread the Word
The best promotion which works for this kind of business is word of mouth. If a person is satisfied with your fortune telling capabilities, he will go and tell others about you. Also, once your business is settled, set up a website for the various fortune telling and allied services you offer. Try to put testimonials of people on it to attract others. Also, have a dedicated page on Facebook, and a Twitter account. Also, if you land an opportunity to do a local radio show or a TV interview, don't miss out on it. You can even advertise about your fortune telling services. Eventually, as you become established in your work, you can also write a weekly column for a local newspaper, magazine, or website.
You can also earn extra money by selling things like crystals, gemstones, beads, charms, candles, censers, etc., that people like to buy exclusively from such exotic stores. However, don't force them into buying all this stuff. Now that you know how to become a fortune teller, use your abilities to help others as well as for earning a good living for yourself. All the best!