More and more it seems like many practitioners are asking about how to fill their practices – especially if they’re in private practice but even if they work for a hospital or an agency.
I know the economy is challenging but I see that as the wrong question.
I’ll try to articulate more about that throughout 2011 but right now I’ll just say that the problem with this is that time becomes money. And the only way to earn more is to work longer hours.
You want to double your income, you have to either double your fees or double the number of patients you see.
Doubling your fees would be awfully risky in this economy but really, there are limits to both of these strategies.
What happens, for instance when you want to go on vacation, take a sabbatical or get sick? If you work for an agency or a hospital, you don’t have to worry about those issues but the worry then becomes what if you get laid off.
There is a much easier way.
Because of the internet, we have many more ways to earn a living, to supplement our income and to contribute our hard-earned knowledge and skills.
Maybe we can start by rethinking the question. Maybe we can open-up the conversation by asking this: How can we take control of our future, no matter where we work?
And that means taking a closer look at where we are. Many of us grew up with a 20th century model of work: the only way to earn more is to work longer hours.
The internet has really changed all that.
I feel so strongly about wanting to help practitioners develop an internet presence that I agreed to speak at the Psychotherapy Networker Conference this March.
Part of what I will be talking about is that we have many more ways to earn a living, to supplement our income and to contribute our hard-earned knowledge and skills.
Beyond that, these are options that can strengthen our impact well beyond our local practice.
At least that’s what has happened for NICABM. If you read my last blog post, you know that I said that NICABM’s income increased by more than 80% over the last two years.
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We all want to make a positive difference in the lives of those we treat…that’s the big picture.
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