How to become a professional tarot reader

By Salon Gold on April 12th, 2023

If you have a passion for tarot reading, becoming a professional could be the start of a wonderful new chapter in your life. Many people dream of earning an income from something they love, and with the desire and drive to succeed, you can be someone who achieves this. Here are the five steps you need to take to become a professional tarot reader.

1. Learn tarot reading to a professional standard

Being able to read tarot cards with confidence is essential. You may already be giving readings to friends and family members but providing this service to paying customers is a very different proposition, so you may want to consider a professional course to build on your experience. There are colleges that offer these, such as The College of Psychic Studies and the London School of Astrology, while there are plenty of online courses available too.

Or if you know you can already read all the cards without any doubts, maybe reading a few more tarot books will be enough to help you develop your own techniques and strategies. Remember, you won’t simply be telling your client what each card means – you’ll have to have to bring everything together in order to respond to their questions.

2. Develop coaching and listening skills

Tarot reading can be an emotional experience for both the reader and the recipient, so developing your coaching and listening skills could be useful. This will help ensure your client feels heard and understood. It also gives you the tools you need to put clients at ease, set boundaries, and keep calm and professional, even if a client has an emotional reaction to your reading.

Key things to remember include maintaining good eye contact, paying attention to non-verbal cues, providing feedback, and staying open-minded. Avoid interrupting your clients and only ask questions that will help improve your understanding. Taking a beginner’s counselling course is one way you could work on improving these skills.

3. Set your prices

You may think it’s hard to know how much you should charge for your services, but remember that this is something every new business grapples with at the start.

The first thing to do is see what other tarot readers are charging in your local area and compare these businesses to what you could offer. For example, you don’t technically need a certificate or qualification to prove you’re a good tarot reader, but this could help boost your credibility. Therefore, if you’re certified, perhaps you could charge more than a competitor that isn’t. Similarly, as a new tarot reader, you may not be able to get away with charging as much as more experienced competitors.

Also talk to friends and family members who are interested in tarot to see what they’d be willing to pay, and try networking with tarot community groups to see if its members can offer you any advice.

4. Sort out the legalities

Make sure all your paperwork is in order before you launch your business. That means registering the business with the government, checking you understand all your tax implications, and sorting out suitable tarot card reading insurance. For instance, public liability protects you from unexpected accidents during your working day, so this is definitely worth considering if you want to deliver face-to-face tarot readings. Malpractice cover is also important because this protects you against claims related to your professional services – such as someone taking legal action as they believe you have given bad advice.

5. Find your clients

It can be tricky attracting attention in your early days as a tarot reader so you might need to think outside the box. Rather than charging right from the start, you could offer to do readings at a discount, in exchange for inexpensive token gifts (like a bottle of wine), or for free. This will help you build your profile and gain client feedback that you can use in your future marketing efforts. Encourage them to recommend you to others and in the meantime, you could experiment with flyers, social media and in-person networking events to spread awareness of your business.

Also start to think about whether you have a USP you could promote. For example, perhaps you’re interested in dealing with specific topics, such as pregnancy, illness, or death. This could help you stand out and give you a more key demographic to target, which could be more effective than targeting the whole market.

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