How to Make the Leap to Full-Time Therapy Practice

How to Make the Leap to Full-Time Therapy Practice

Many therapists start out part-time, perhaps working through telemedicine, while keeping their day jobs.  It can be a scary decision to quit your stable job and strike out on your own, full time.  Keep reading for some tips on how to make the leap.


1. Make Sure You Are Financially Ready

Have all or most of your debt paid off, and avoid getting into more debt in the process of going full-time.  You'll also want to have a bit of a nest egg in the bank.  Experts agree that you should figure out your monthly expenses, and then keep at least 1 to 3 month's worth of that amount in the bank.  This will give you a buffer when you get started.


2. Find Ways to Save Money

As we've written before, there are lots of ways to save money in a private practice.  This is doubly true if you are planning to only use telemedicine (Zoom, Facetime, etc) at this time.


3. Use BHC Portal For Your EHR/EMR Software Needs

Of course we're a little biased, but we believe BHC Portal to be the best option out there for your behavioral health practice, whether it's a traditional brick-and-mortar location or online-only.  It's simple to use and the pricing is some of the most affordable out there.  Contact Us for a quick demo if you're still on the fence!


4. Increase Your Online Presence

In order to gain the largest source of referrals, you'll want to make sure your online and/or social media activity is consistent and professional.  Starting a blog (which you cross-post to Facebook) is a great way to start.

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