In this episode of Your Mental Health First, Dr. Mel talks about how to start a private practice while you still have your day job. She breaks down the process of setting up a private practice as a mental health professional into 7 easy steps. Here are the first seven things to consider when starting a private practice.
- Determine what sets you apart from others in private practice (your niche).
- Decide what your hours will be (e.g. weeknights and weekends).
- Choose an appropriate location for your office. It should be handicapped accessible and located in a safe, well-lit area.
- Decide whether you are going to take insurance. A fee-for-service is less complicated to manage.
- Be cautious about sharing your plans for a private practice with work colleagues—at least before you talk to your supervisor.
- Know when to hire an assistant for your practice (sooner is usually better).
- Decide how, and how often, you will communicate with your private patients (SMS, email, Skype, phone).
To hear 8 more tips to help you move forward in starting a private practice, listen to Part 2.