The Business of Practice: My Story Part 2

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The Business of Practice blog series is where is where I share thoughts, ideas, and resources about the business of private practice.  Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to helping you turn your practice development dreams in to small business reality.

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Introduction

In the last post I began to share with you how I made the decision to pursue starting a private practice.  In today’s post I share the next steps I took after making that decision.

My “Glass Ceiling” Moment

Okay, so lets jump forward again to the “glass ceiling” moment.  I remember feeling very clear that I had some decisions to make.  Private practice was the common thread that was calling to me at different points throughout my academic and now professional journey.  What was I waiting for?

When I couldn’t think of any good reasons not to start the process, I took a leap of faith and started building my solo-private practice.  Oh yes, I also forgot to mention that what came a little bit before this moment was receiving my clinical counseling license.  It was such an amazing experience to see the fruit of all my years of hard work.  About 7 in total from the time I started graduate school until I obtained my license.  I’m sure that those of you who have gone through the sometimes challenging process of collecting clinical hours for licensure in your field can relate.

A few years before I started building my practice I attended my first ACA (American Counseling Association) Conference.  It was at this conference that I found a wonderful guide on private practice development written by a couple of the seasoned counselors &  fellow ACA members.  I remembered feeling compelled to purchase it because I knew one day I would need to use it.

Well, three years later in October 2010 was that time.  I remember cracking open the binder (yup, the book was in a three-ring binder) with a mixture of excitement and fear wondering okay, where do I start?

Well, I figured if you’re going to see clients you need a place to see them right?  Finding space seemed liked a logical first step.  So with my binder in hand, I started the nerve-wracking process of reaching out to area clinicians asking if any of them would be willing to sublet space to me on the weekends.  Because I worked full-time, and I had no idea how this thing was going to go; I wanted to pick a low risk time, when other clinicians were more likely to have space available.  Sundays seemed like a good day to me.  I think I reached out to 3 or 4 clinicians and heard back from two of them.  Of the two, one said she was willing to sublet, so we scheduled a time to meet.  The meeting went well and about 1 week after I first put out feelers, I had found office space to sublet.

I of course had a moment of panic because finding space meant I was really doing this thing.  It was securing my sublet that finally made it real to me.

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Do You Have Questions?

Have you been thinking about starting a private practice, but have questions about how to get started? Please share your questions in the comments section below.

I also want to invite you RSVP for the free Private Practice Development Q & A tele-seminar, where I will be answering your questions about how to get started in private practice.  The tele-seminar will be held on April 17, 2015 from 12-1 PM (ET).  Even if you are unable to attend the call live it’s important to sign-up, as a recording of the call will provided to everyone who has registered.

Don’t forget to come back again next week, where I will continue to share my practice development story.

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