Starting up your own medical practice can seem like a daunting process, especially if you have never run a business before. Many people who set up a practice do not have any business experience at all. Most of the time, they are medical professionals who are bored of the practice they work for. Other times still, they see something in the system which they recognise as a flaw that needs to be fixed. Whatever the case is for you, you may well be wondering if there is anything you have forgotten when it comes to setting up your practice. To help you out, here is a short checklist of some of the essentials. If you have all these sorted, the chances are you are well on your way.
It is imperative that you figure out all the costs beforehand. This stage is often brushed over too quickly – particularly in medicine. The budding entrepreneur gets very excited about setting up a practice and benefiting the local community. This is wonderful – the only problem is that, too often, such people forget about the real-world implications. You need to work out your costs upfront. Otherwise, your practice might fail within its first six months. And if that happens, you won’t be able to help anybody anymore!
Knowing where your new practice is going to be located is vital. You have a serious choice to make here. You can look for a spot which is nice and central in your local community. Or, look for somewhere a little further out, but in an area which you know is populated by people who are more likely to need your services. If you are in the countryside, then you might have a lot of elderly people nearby, in which case consider their needs. They might well appreciate being able to easily get to your practice. On the other hand, building a practice in an area with very little medical care is of great benefit to everybody in the area, not just the elderly. It is up to you.
There is an old debate when it comes to medical supplies. Namely: first-hand or second-hand? Buying first-hand has the advantage of the kit being a little more reliable, but it will obviously cost you a considerable amount more. However, buying second-hand can be very cheap indeed, freeing up your budget for the long-term care of patients. It is also important to shop around for good quality. You can’t really afford to take any risks. So, for example, make sure you find the best radiation aprons to keep your staff safe during x-rays.
The Marketing Plan
That’s right – just like any other business, you need to come up with a marketing plan and stick to it. In many ways, it is easier than it is for other business types, because you already know your market. Anyone who needs you! Nonetheless, be sure to advertise in the local media before you open, so that people know the practice is there.