The answer is yes, and.
Many people who train as a Laughter Professional with a reputable organization add several $1,000s to their annual income. Many of our own students do so, helping their own clients of all ages to laugh to “live fully until they die” in a variety of social, professional and corporate settings. Note however that for them laughter is an extra revenue stream. It’s not their sole source of income.
To our knowledge however there are less than 100 full-time Laughter Professionals in the world today (we’re not counting clowns, comedians, humorists or entertainers.) The unpleasant truth is that being self-employed is not easy in any field of activity. According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months. Relying on yourself for your income is a very different ballgame from receiving a monthly check, rain or shine. Nobody will come come running after you just because you have learned something that’s truly amazing. Are you ready for the challenge?
There is lots of value in having an experienced business coach who can help you grow faster and avoid costly mistakes, and that’s why we offer the Laughter Wellness Consultant certification program.
Overall here is our default advice if you plan to do it on your own:
- Don’t plan on quitting your full time job just yet. Start somewhere and build from there. Gain some expertise both facilitating laughter interventions AND as public speaker. You will typically only be able to start calling yourself a Laughter Professional after a minimum of 50 hours of hands-on practice and its associated feedback process to make sure you keep growing, nor merely doing more of the same.
- Get comfortable selling. One way to learn that skill for free is to volunteer doing fundraising a few hours per week for a local widow’s and children’s fund until you are not afraid of knocking on doors and be rejected anymore.
- Educate yourself on how to best market and sell a service. Lots of good books have been written on that topic. (See a suggested link below.) Remember that there are no mistakes, only learning curves.
Here are resources you should study: