For many healthcare workers, getting the chance to have their private practice feels like a dream. While it’s true there are plenty of benefits of working in private practice such as autonomy, flexibility, and getting to choose your patients, there are some negatives to it as well. Every pro has its con, which is why it’s important to assess whether setting up your very own private practice may be a good option or not. In general, it’s just best to be realistic with yourself to see if this is something that could be a good fit for you.
If you do research online or even talk to people who have a private practice, most likely, only the positives will be mentioned and not many (if any at all) of the negatives. So here are some negatives that you may need to face if you choose to open up your own private practice.
You’ll need to know local laws
Starting up your own private practice means that you’ll need to familiarize yourself with local laws to see what you can and can’t do. These laws could impact your business so it’s best to take a good look at this ahead of time. For instance, some areas will require businesses to renew their license every year, so this is something you’ll need to inform yourself on before beginning the process of starting up the practice.
You’re going to need a lot of tools
If you’re working for an employer, you may not realize everything that’s needed in order to set up a functioning practice. This can include getting good practice management software for the computer, a reliable IT team to help you out, maintenance for the building, reliable employees, and so much more. There are things that you simply won’t notice that are needed until you’re trying to start up your own practice. So make sure you have more than enough money in your budget because you’re going to need some wiggle room.
You’ll wear many hats
Unless you have enough funds to hire a team of staff at your disposal, then you’ll most likely be running multiple departments at the same time. This can include learning and understanding social media strategy and implementing this in order to market your business. But it can go far beyond just marketing. At the start, you may need to be your own secretary, IT help, cleaner, maintenance worker, and plenty more. It’s going to be tiring, maybe down to the point where you’re starting to feel burnout.
Your income will fluctuate
One of the bright sides of working for an employer would be getting the chance to have a steady income. At the end of the month, you know exactly how much you’re making. But it’s not the same when it comes to having a private practice. Your income is going to fluctuate month-to-month. Private practices are profitable but the income itself can be quite unpredictable. So you’re not going to have that same level of security as you would working under an employer.