6 Good Reasons to Offer Shorter Appointment Times

On March 6, 2012, in office management, pricing, work-life balance, by Dan

The more I speak to practitioners, the more I’ve come to believe visit/treatment length tends to be a legacy issue. It’s not something we’re giving a lot of conscious thought to. You open your doors and do what you did in school, or copy another practice, and it pretty much stays that way. Most consultative […]

How to Manage a Long Absence from Practice

On February 16, 2011, in locums, marketing, practice marketing, work-life balance, by Dan

Reader J. writes: “…how do I revive my practice after leaving it for a 6-month maternity leave? I took on a locum and I went from seeing 30+patients a week to her seeing a mere 10 patients per week at best. I know many of my patients wanted to wait until I got back, but […]

5 (More) Things to Do in Your Practice From Day One

Back in 2006 (wow) we listed five things we wished we would have done in practice right from day one. Since the New Year is almost upon us, it seems like the right time to pass on a few more. Even if you started your practice long ago, you can still pretend like the new […]

3 Ways to Let Go in Practice

On September 20, 2010, in work-life balance, by Dan

“Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’, boy.” -Clint Eastwood, The Outlaw Jose Wales “Serenity now!” -Frank Castanza, Seinfeld Okay – so maybe Clint Eastwood  and George Castanza’s dad might be the furthest possible icons from you as a practitioner, but you have to admit to the relevant kernel of truth: slowly wasting away to the […]

A Six-Figure Income in 3.5 Days Per Week: Practice Wisdom from Kevin Doherty

Note: Kevin Doherty is one of the first people I stumbled across a few years back when we started this blog. He built a successful acupuncture practice, then went on to become an author and business coach. He’s a smart guy, which I like, but he’s also walked the talk, building a six-figure income while […]

7 Strategies for Taking A REAL Vacation from Practice

On August 7, 2009, in work-life balance, by Dan

We’re leaving shortly for our annual two-week summer getaway – it’s our 7th year for this escape. We spend 14 days living off the grid at a solar-powered cottage. During that time we have no contact with the practice whatsoever, and it’s become a critical part of staying balanced. We generally take at least a […]

6 Ways That Working Less Will Help Your Practice

On October 9, 2008, in strategy and philosophy, work-life balance, by Dan

We’re firm believers that there comes a time when finding success means you need to work less at some things, not more. It’s counterintuitive, I know, but sometimes the most important things are. Here’s are 6 reasons why cutting your hours might just take your practice to the next level: 1. You’ll Be More Efficient […]

Vacations, Sabbaticals, and Deals

On August 8, 2008, in books, work-life balance, by Dan

Hi Everyone, Summer’s in full swing in our part of the world, and we’re heading out for our annual 2-week hiatus. We’ll be off the grid in solar-powered relaxation mode (right here, to be specific). A few tidbits before we head out: Escape 101 is now available in Audio We’re excited about this one. Escape […]

How to Take a Practice Sabbatical (Escape 101 is Here!)

On November 5, 2007, in books, work-life balance, by Dan

Many of you know that Tara and I spend last winter doing volunteer health care and economic development work in Paraguay, SA. It really was an incredible experience – the positive impact on our health and family was remarkable. The real bonus benefit was that our practice was profitable while we were away, and ran […]

Taking Time Off

On August 10, 2007, in work-life balance, by Dan

We’re off for a two week break. It’s an annual summer getaway for us – no phones, TV, or internet. In fact, there’s no power. The place is off the grid, and runs on solar juice. We’ll be back in a couple of weeks, so if we don’t get to your practice questions right away, […]

How to Guarantee You Take a Decent Vacation

On June 18, 2007, in work-life balance, by Dan

CAM practitioners seem to have a real challenge in leaving their practices for a decent vacation. The Too-Busy can’t seem to make the time, and the Not-Busy-Enough are afraid to leave, or don’t feel they can afford to. Here’s the thing: vacation time is a like money. You need to manage it, or it’ll manage […]

How Much Should I Pay My Locum?

On January 17, 2007, in work-life balance, by Dan

I got a few questions after the recent series on Leaving Your Practice. One of the best was: “How much should I pay the person who looks after my practice?” Great question. There are several ways you can consider compensating the person who fills your shoes while you’re on sabbatical, vacation, maternity leave, or any […]

Time Off From Your Practice Part 2: The Emotional Side

On December 28, 2006, in work-life balance, by Dan

In many ways, the practical aspects of leaving your practice for a sabbatical – locums, money management, etc. – are, believe it or not, the easiest. What can be incredibly challenging is the emotional roller coaster ride of walking away from something you’ve worked so hard to build, and then trying to remain sane while […]

How To Take Time Off From Your Practice

On December 18, 2006, in work-life balance, by Dan

Whether it’s a sabbatical, an illness, a new baby or just a break, there are times in your practice where you may need to be away for an extended period of time. We’ve just arrived in Paraguay for a five month medical mission, so I thought I’d share some ideas on how you can take […]

Is Your CAM Practice a Business?

On April 11, 2006, in strategy and philosophy, work-life balance, by Dan

The early life cycle of a CAM practice is usually dedicated to generating a client base, and figuring out how to manage the process of getting them to your office, helping them, and accepting their money. Not a bad model, and one that’s been in use almost as long as commerce has. After a few […]

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