What is the Absolute FASTEST Way To Fill Your Practice?

What is the Absolute FASTEST Way To Fill Your Practice?

Starting a small business can be difficult. In fact, 50% of small businesses fail (close) within the first 5 years. That is not to say that "staying open" is a litmus of success. I have worked with many therapists who have been open past the 5 year mark whose practice is operating well below the poverty level.

To be successful in private practice, you need a steady stream of clients. You can have the most beautiful office, an amazing website, a great location, and fabulous skills to help people- but if nobody is calling... you do not have a viable business. 

We received this question and I think it beautifully sums out the question on a LOT of therapist's minds when they start a private practice: "What marketing strategies seem to have the very fastest results? Put another way, what would be your top three recommendations for a private practice, solo practitioner business to be able to find let's say 5 new clients a week for a month so that at the end of the month you would be pretty much full up? if that seems like too many too fast, then you could scale your answer down to just a couple of new clients weekly, but reliably! I really appreciate you considering answering but on the surface it seems like a pretty ridiculous question!"

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What a six figure practice really looks like

What a six figure practice really looks like

*Last updated 9/3/19

6 Figures in Private Practice. How much can you really make in private practice? What’s a therapist’s salary like when they own their own business?

6 figures sounds appealing.

In the marketing world it can mean success, a thriving business, or at the very least it conveys the sense of stability. 

When I ask people joining bootcamp about their financial goals, I often hear "I want to make six figures." 

My response is: Where did that number come from?

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Success Story: Donna

Donna specializes in Christian counseling, childhood sexual abuse, and pre-marital and marriage counseling in the San Diego area.

Your Experience with Bootcamp in one sentence: I went from overwhelmed to confident, clear and excited about a road map for my practice.

How were you feeling before you signed up for bootcamp?: Inadequate as a business owner. Struggling about fee setting. Keeping a small mindset for my business. Overwhelmed and ill-equipped.

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No Show Policy: The Dos and Don’ts of Client No-Shows in Your Private Practice

No Show Policy: The Dos and Don’ts of Client No-Shows in Your Private Practice

The clock ticks past the hour and your client isn’t there. You wait. You stare at the couch (maybe contemplate taking a nap) and your anticipation builds. Are they not showing up for their appointment?

It happens. People miss appointments. Heck, I’ve missed appointments. For some practices it happens often and for others it is something they worry will happen. More often than not, the worry is because every late cancellation or no-show has been handled on a case by case basis and there are no processes in place.

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Success Story: Elizabeth

Success Story: Elizabeth

Elizabeth specializes in complex trauma, PTSD, EMDR, adult survivors of narcissistic parents, adult survivors of parents with addiction, childhood emotional neglect, and mindfulness meditation and counseling in the Metro Detroit area.

Your Experience with Bootcamp in one sentence: Bootcamp helped me develop confidence, clarity, and courage.

How were you feeling before you signed up for bootcamp? : When I signed up for bootcamp, I was in solo practice and was worried I wasn't doing everything I needed to become successful. I was feeling alone in my business and wasn't sure who to reach out to or where to find information. When I decided to do Bootcamp, I was excited about the possibilities.

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8 Mistakes I Made Building a Private Practice

8 Mistakes I Made Building a Private Practice

We are bringing back this top article because it has been one that so many have seen and we want to be sure you see as well, especially if you are considering joining Business School Bootcamp.

The path to building a private practice is rarely perfect. While most of you know that I was able to build a successful private pay private practice during the recession- many of you don't know all the ways I messed up. The truth is, I tend to look back on things in a glass half-full. Every mistake I made led me to a million great decisions and experiences. But, it still doesn't mean I didn't mess up. 

Mistake #1: I didn't

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Success Story: Peg

Success Story: Peg

Peg provides trauma and rape counseling in Boulder, CO. She helps girls and women, whose lives have been turned upside down, move from feeling broken or invisible to feeling powerful, in control and fully alive.

Your Experience with Bootcamp in one sentence: Bootcamp is how I starting with only clinical training and passion and built around it a full vision for my business, and a workable plan to implement that which turned into more than I could even dream when I started!

How were you feeling before you signed up for bootcamp? : Determined, but clueless. Capable but lost.

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Expanding into Group Practice: Does it Make Sense?

Expanding into Group Practice: Does it Make Sense?

You’ve looked at all the options for growing your practice. You could work more hours and see clients yourself, add in group therapy work, intensives or some other service, you could add online streams of income or you could start adding clinicians to your private practice and begin expanding into a group therapy practice.

A group practice could be an amazing source of income for you now and in the future. A successful group practice doesn't just happen, it requires thoughtfulness, and great planning to ensure a healthy, happy transition. We want to help you explore the possibility of expanding into a group private practice and avoid some of the common missteps that people make.

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11 Free Private Practice Marketing Strategies

We both started our private practices on a shoestring budget. Actually, that isn't really true. We started with absolutely no budget. Why? Miranda wasn't planning to start a private practice, and had no idea what I was doing. She had just quit my full time, benefitted job with the county after having my infant- sort of out of the blue. Kelly was just trying to see if she could muster the passion again for her work after being burned out at her county job. It was more of a test.

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How to Increase Income in Private Practice

How to Increase Income in Private Practice

Ok... let's start by saying this: Private practice is not a get rich quick scheme. This article isn't about making 40k in 2 days, or being salesy, sketchy, or unethical in the name of building your private practice. 

But, some of you are struggling financially. And that struggle is making it difficult or impossible to maintain being in private practice and working with the clients who desperately need you. Or, at the very least... not making a decent income is making you seriously question your life's work, or making you feel burnt out and exhausted and sucking the joy out of the work that you love. You might need to make some changes and some decisions to get money flowing in your practice in a more meaningful way. And let's be honest- you might need to happen relatively quickly. 

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A Dad's Perfect Practice

A Dad's Perfect Practice

“I thought I already knew everything and realized I don’t know anything.”

You know how to do therapy, but do you know how to create a practice that is right for you and your family? Adam, a clinical psychologist in Arizona shares how he built a part time practice with insurance and cash pay clients that allowed him to be present for his two small children and teach at the university. He created a great fit for himself and his clients.

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