This article is for anyone who is thinking of going into business as a Professional Reiki Practitioner (doing Reiki on the public and charging for it). The biggest misconception so many people have is that they can just jump into this business right out of the box, meaning almost immediately after their Level III or IIIa Reiki class - Master or Master Practitioner, depending on your teachers lineage, and make a ton of money.
As someone who has spent the past almost 12 years building up my own Reiki business, I can tell you you are in for one heck of let down if you think that will happen, and it's not about the money!
As the picture states above - PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! In order to really be able to perform the kind of Reiki sessions your teacher does, you have to have put in the time and effort to do hundreds and hundreds, well thousands of Reiki sessions on the public for years and years. There is just no way around that, sorry folks.
So you say, well how am I going to get all that practice if I don't open my Reiki business? Attend EVERY Reiki share your teacher offers, do Reiki on anybody you can nail down - family, friends, pets, volunteer for a charity, set up trades with your fellow students or even your teacher. Do as much as this as you can, and send lots of Distant Reiki for a minimum of a year!
Reiki will teach you much when you are working on all the public, but your clients will teach you a lot more. Also if you go out there and really don't know what the heck you're doing, remember you are representing Reiki to the public, if you don't give your client a good session because of your inexperience and lack of expertise, that reflects badly on the reputation of all Reiki Practitioners and Reiki itself. It's hard enough getting the public to take Reiki seriously as an alternative healing modality, so let's not give anyone any more reason to doubt the efficacy of Reiki.
Better to take your time, refine your skills with lots and lots of practice any way you can, and then open that business.