One positive that many people are taking from the Covid-19 pandemic is the opportunity to make the jump and become their own boss. If you’re thinking about taking the next step in your coaching career and setting up your own therapy business, here are our top tips.
Make sure you’re ready
You’ve got your certification and your career so far has been a success, but are you ready to set up your own practice? It’s a huge leap so it’s important to make sure that it’s 100% the right one for you. Speak to your current manager and ask for their advice; they will have a great idea of your expertise and can offer their own personal advice to help you progress.
Working for yourself can also be rather isolating, especially at the start when you’re just getting set up. Be sure to look into networking groups – either in your local area or on social media – to allow you to continue to chat with peers.
Find the right location
Once you’ve confirmed that your own practice is right for you, you need to find somewhere to run it from. A great place to start is by renting a room within another wellbeing clinic, such as osteopathy, dental or chiropody. If you can opt for something on an ad-hoc basis until you get a regular client base up and running.
You also have the option to set up a home practice. You’ll just need to ensure you have the right space; something that has a professional feel for your clients and also allows you to separate your work and home life. A ground floor room with its own private entrance or a specially built garden office works well. Remember to consider bathroom facilities.
Consider going online
Since Covid-19 has forced us to spend more time at home, many businesses have found new and innovative ways to transfer online and therapy is no different. Running online sessions over video call could be the way to go. It allows you to save on rental costs, open up your potential client base beyond your local area and gives you the option to be more flexible with your working hours.
The important bits to consider
– Insurance is mandatory, so be sure to ring around for quotes to find the best cover for your business.
– If you plan on working with children or vulnerable adults, you’ll need to look into a DBS certificate.
– Ensure you fully understand GDRP regulations and store all of your client’s personal data in a compliant manner. A breach could be costly.