You've been toying with the idea of going pro with your tarot business. It seems like you are ready to hang that shingle out, when someone asks "Yeah, but are you certified?" Wait, what?
There ARE certification programs out there (and we'll cover them in another blog post). So do you NEED to be certified? Keep reading to find out!
The short answer is NO! Sure, being certified will give you a boost in confidence and give you that warm, fuzzy legit feeling... But the truth of the matter is that most people are not checking to see if a reader is certified before choosing them - and most could care less.
Why is that? Well, a certificate on your wall doesn't tell anyone how good a tarot reader you are, just how good you are at taking tests. Take me for example, last semester I passed Algebra with a C (how I have NO idea!) not because I am good at math, but because I was able to hold the knowledge in just long enough to take a test and then it all leaked right back out. In addition, you'll quickly find that the tarot world is not regulated that way. People like plumbers, electricians, lawyers, etc have to have certification, but part of the beauty of tarot is that really anyone can do it. Even if you do pursue certification it is no guarantee that clients will be beating down your door. And when most certification courses cost between $300 and $500, think about how many readings you are essentially doing for free before you even break even!
If you are ready to go pro you are better off to get a certification in counseling, since people skills are vital to reading the tarot. Psychology won't hurt either. You should have good communication skills, both oral and written as well as the understanding that the learning never really stops when it comes to tarot. Be invested in learning, but don't make getting a certificate on your wall the reason that you are doing this. Instead focus on business development classes and marketing seminars. If you read online or advertise online you should also have at the very least a basic knowledge of web design.
Here are 10 signs that you are ready to go pro:
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