I have had some people asking questions about private practice. In the this series of posts, I am going to address some of the comments and questions I have received.
I have been in private practice since 1998. (Technically, we launched in late 1997.) I went into practice for myself because I was having a difficult time balancing work and family and I felt that if I opened my own practice, I could have a better home/work balance. After several months, I ended up working for the local school district and doing my practice in the evening because things hadn’t caught on as quickly as I had hoped and expected.
I continued to work a “regular job” during the day and work my practice in the evenings for several years. Looking back, I am very aware that I did that out of fear! I had developed a fairly busy practice, but I continued the “safety” of a day job as well. My accountant asked me why I kept my practice open. His observation was that my practice would never support me unless I focused on it full time.
In 2008, I made the decision to focus on my practice full time and see what would happen. Funny thing, when I gave it more time, attention and effort, it grew! Here I am, 2017, and my primary living is my practice. I do some teaching at a local college and some speaking, but my business is what I live on.
In the next several posts, I will discuss business strategies, challenges and the rewards of having a private practice.
Have a great day! See you here soon!