Over the past few days we’ve spent a lot of time discussing how starting your own private practice can change your life and the lives of your clients.
We’ve learned that most people (wrongly) think that in order to have a successful private practice – they need to quit their regular job and “leap into private practice” full-time.
It’s also a fairly common misconception that people think of private practice as something to do towards the end of your career. So they pass up opportunities to treat private clients; waiting to have more confidence in their abilities or time to figure it all out.
In fact, I was guilty of this myself when I started out!
Once I figured out that I could treat private clients “on the side” of my regular job – a whole new world of opportunity opened up.
I wasn’t ruling out the possibility of having clinic space, employees, a billing specialist, etc. but I realized that wasn’t where I should start.
Starting small felt manageable and like I could actually do it.
The income was fantastic but the true benefit was patient satisfaction and progress.
Jena H. Casbon, MS CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and private practice consultant. She started her own speech therapy private practice in 2006. She is the founder of The Independent Clinician and author of The Guide to Private Patients and The Guide to Creating a Web Presence for Your Private Practice. Since 2008, she has helped thousands of clinicians get the flexibility, income and freedom they desire from starting their own private speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy practices.