by Natalia Amari
Everyone is different. Everyone starts their private practice with a different reality - particularly with regard to money.
Given this, it’s only natural that advice on how to handle small biz finances varies widely and, at times, can be completely contradicting.
Tell us if you’ve heard any of this:
The deal is, all of these statements have some truth to them. They aren’t inherently bad and we’re not here to make them wrong.
However, context is important. Do you have a day job? Does your day job take too much from you? Licensed? Earned enough stripes even if not quite licensed? Got a partner that can support you? Or, are you the breadwinner? Got debt? Children or furbabies rely on you?
Why is all advice to all or nothing? No situation is inherently going to make or break your launch into private practice, however they will inform how you go about this. What's important is that you find the path true to you and your context! Thus, tools that empower you to find YOUR middle path between all these pieces of advice is what’s often needed.
Without the right tools, we struggle to make our own, unique, thoughtful decisions. In that space, we may freeze altogether and not do anything. Or, we put ourselves in in situations, financially and otherwise, that we really wouldn’t have signed up for.
And, you know how stress kills a sex life? Well, financial crisis will kill all kinds of business mojo that you need to make this work - creativity to market and groundedness to interact with other human beings. Freaking out about money will ruin your ability to keep clients, confidently market yourself and build your business authentically.
That’s a big deal in this line of work as a wellness solopreneur, no? Lucky for you, we have just what you need to own your finances and make YOUR OWN money decisions like a boss.
Sign up for the newsletter (top of the page) to get all the details on our October Money + Style Workshop. We are thrilled to share all our secrets with you!
Scheduling is WORTHLESS if your schedule is ignored. It's one thing if we ignore our OWN schedule and write notes when we should be sleeping, or playing. BUT, it is a TOTALLY DIFFERENT thing if our clients ignore our schedule.
Every therapist knows about the doorknob moment. You know: when your client reaches for the doorknob and keeps talking. And talking. Pretty soon, without realizing it, your dreams of going to the bathroom before your 5pm client are gone.
We've all been there.
Most of us have only 10 precious minutes every hour to: jot down a quick note, run a credit card, go to the bathroom, get some tea/water/coffee, chat with a coworker, or (heaven forbid) take a deep breath.
Time and time again, I hear new therapists worry about how to get clients OUT the door without offending them so much they don't come back!
I have good news. There are ways! Better news: I know them.
Saturday, we're going to be talking about scripts you can use to get clients in the door (and out again) so that you schedule hums (and you get to pee).
These time-tested techniques will let you keep your clients from getting blurry boundaries (which we know translates to late-night phone calls, last minute rescheduling calls, and more) and help you feel on top of your game.
Better yet, they will help your practice run smoothly, which means more consistency and more money.
If this sounds like something you need, now is the time to sign up! We only have two days left before we are closing registration on Wednesday at 5pm.
Right now we have a few spots left, so click below to claim your spot!
I remember sitting and staring at the phone. This was when there were still landlines, mind you. (No, I'm not a T-Rex.)
I would sit there, and repeat in my head over and over how I wanted the intake to go.
My stomach would CHURN. I mean, lower stomach churning. (I know... I said it...)
I'd practice how to ask questions.
I'd practice how to say my fee.
I'd practice how to offer my schedule.
And then... I'd call. Guess what I would do?
I would say just fine: "I charge $120 a session" but then I would add "but I have a sliding scale for folks who need it."
Seriously. Who doesn't think they need a sliding scale. I once had a guy ask for my sliding scale and I said "yes" because he was unemployed. Well, months later I discover he was an unemployed MILLIONAIRE. (I shit you not.)
I would say just fine: "I have Tuesday at 5pm and Wednesday at noon open" but then I would add "but I also could do Tuesday at 6pm if that doesn't work and I can probably make Wednesday at 5pm work if I need to."
And what would I get? A really lovely client who was paying sliding scale and coming three hours after I planned on being home.
Do you know what I needed? I needed someone to sit down with me, and say, "Here new therapist Sarah" (okay, actually that sounds condescending... maybe:) "Here, Sarah, are the words that I use when I call a client. Try them out, and then if you don't like them, adjust. But try them a couple times just to see."
New therapist Sarah could have really used that! It would have felt so relieving!
I can't help her... she's a lost cause... but I can help you. So with the help of Natalia Amari, the fiesty femme herself, we developed scripts you can use with your clients to help you stay on track and get clear with what you are offering.
We also think that working gets boring, so we decided that after we get shit done and work on kicking scheduling's butt and devising you the perfectest schedule ever, we should play!
Anastasia McAlester, a yoga teacher and therapist right here in good ole A-town, is going to come and walk us through a lovely beginner-friendly yoga practice to help you embody strength and flexbility (just what we need to create a schedule and stick to it)!
I cannot wait.
Please join me! I'd love to see you! Click below to sign up now! This is an offer we won't be doing again this year, so grab it like it's chocolate with sea salt!
What is it really?
4 - 6pm
One hour of everything about scheduling - scripts, tips, and advice we wish we'd had
One hour of sumptuous hatha yoga with Anastasia McAlester - beginner friendly and sure to leave you relaxed and happy.