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How Do I Know If Starting My Own Practice Is Right For Me?

How do I know if starting a practice is right for me?

The truth is, starting your own practice is not for everyone, but it can be a great option depending on where you're at in your life and career, what you're hoping to gain from the experience and creation of a business, and how you want to treat your patients.

Here are the top 5 questions I would suggest asking yourself:

  1. Why are you considering starting a practice?

  2. What would YOU get out of it or what are you hoping to get from this experience?

  3. What do you feel like you're missing from life right now? Is this the thing that will help you find it?

  4. What will you have to sacrifice in order to start this journey? Are you okay with that?

  5. What's your gut instinct?

Remember, it doesn't have to be a snap decision. You can take your time to figure out if it's best for you, and sometimes the best way to figure out if it is the right choice for you is to start taking action. Maybe offer to treat a family member or friend for a couple of sessions and see how you like it. Maybe check out what your state requires to start a business. Maybe talk to another practice owner and get their opinion.

But give yourself a deadline — by x date, I will decide to either jump on this opportunity or put it on the back burner for now and give my full attention to xyz.

If I've learned anything, it's that wading through the uncertainty is killer — it leads to a lot of unhappiness and prevents you from finding the joy that you want in life.

So whether you decide to start or not, make a decision and take action.

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