4 skills you need to learn before starting a practice

Starting a practice is very rewarding but it can also be challenging and take up more time than you realised – administration time is one of those forgotten time-consuming roles that you will need to devote time to when you start up. Having some good knowledge of basic business skills will help you ensure you hit the ground running and that you are making the most of your time and resources. Here are 4 skills I think are essential when starting up a practice.

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6 steps towards measuring the success of your practice

If you are not sure where to start when looking at your practice success, then this is a great little starting point for you. It's not hard, but does require you to sit down in a quiet space and start to think about what are the important things that happen in your practice that will help make it successful, and how will you track the performance of those things over time.

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Do you know what you need to create your own healthy practice?

I often talk to people about having the ‘ideal’ practice, something that they can love and a business that can give them the things in life they like, but that doesn’t just happen – you have to work at it. Just like ourselves, where a healthy body and mind gives us the energy, resilience and focus to take on life’s challenges, a healthy practice also allows us to take on the ebbs and flows in health care and still benefit from the wonderful attributes that private practice brings…. without bringing in negative stress to your life. So what is a healthy practice?

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Elephant in the room: 5 things we sideline

On the weekend, I flew to Perth in Western Australia to speak to a wonderful group of Speech Pathologists in private practice. We had a great day talking about regulations in healthcare, tips for running a better business, and ways to tweak marketing so we can ensure we offer great value and customer service. It is a wonderful learning experience to get out and talk to other practitioners in healthcare about their thoughts, ideas and concerns in healthcare today. "Busy-ness" is one of the key areas that impacts on one’s ability to running an effective practice – how can you do all those little things that are important when you are so busy seeing clients? Here are the five things that I think we sideline when busy in our day to day business…. Are you forgetting to focus on any of these?

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Have you got a business plan for your practice?

Business plans are a written document that outlines what you are aspiring to achieve in your practice and how you might reach those aspirations. To put it very simply – it provides the direction for your practice so you don’t get lost. If you are feeling lost, or haven't looked at your plan for a while, now is a great time to stop and think of where you are going.

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Spring clean your practice!

Spring is just around the corner, and today, I would like to share 12 tips to spring clean your practice! Don’t worry - you can put the rubber gloves away as we are focusing on freshening up the business side of your practice! You can also download our handy checklist to get ready for your spring clean.

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What every practice owner needs to find time for!

If you were to sit back and look inward at your practice and ask yourself, how is this all going? Am I going okay? Is this practice sustainable? Is this practice growing too fast, too slow, or just right? - How would you answer? Do you know how your practice is performing each month? Is it getting better, worse or staying about the same? If you can’t answer this, I think you need to spend a bit more time (just in your spare time is fine!!), looking inwardly toward your practice and start to find the measures that help you answer questions about the performance of your practice.

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Why your technician hat won’t always work

When I started working in private practice 11 years ago, clients were referred, they were seen, they were written about, they were billed, they were compliant with rebooking, and they had good outcomes. Like many, I assumed their good outcome in my opinion means they had a great experience. But did they? – No, most likely not always!

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Your allied health practice competitors

I always hear a lot of allied health practice owners do two things – opposite things! People seem to either fret about competitors or they are oblivious to any competitors even existing (of course, it is easier to pretend they are not there!). In private practice, you cannot avoid competitors. Have you really thought about your competitors? Here are a couple of tips…

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