Amy Geach

Amy Geach

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 11:31

Start small to overcome your biggest hurdle

I often ask allied health practitioners what they feel their biggest daily challenge is, and one of the most frequent replies is not having enough time to get things done. Today I want to share with you how you can start small to manage that big feeling of overwhelm when we are run off our feet with "busyness".

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 11:48

Fraud in your practice

Yesterday Yvette and I attended the annual Women in Business Spring breakfast here in Wagga Wagga and I was a little shocked at a statistic shared by the guest speaker, the Honorable Michael McCormack, Minister for Small Business. In his address on small business across Australia, he stated that 15% of employees will steal from their workplace – either money, or products; 15% never will, and the remaining 70% might. They are higher fraud statistics than I ever thought.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 11:20

Your allied health practice competitors

I always hear a lot of allied health practice owners do two things – opposite things! People seem to either fret about competitors or they are oblivious to any competitors even existing (of course, it is easier to pretend they are not there!). In private practice you cannot avoid competitors. Have you really thought about your competitors? Here are a couple of tips…

Business plans are a written document that outlines what you are aspiring to achieve in your practice and how you might reach those aspirations. To put it very simply – it provides the direction for your practice so you don’t get lost. If you are feeling lost, or haven't looked at your plan for a while, now is a great time to stop and think of where you are going.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 09:37

Crafting your vision

When I work with fellow allied health professionals, I often hear people say “I am not sure where I am headed” or that they started a practice and are finding it hard to plan for where they might end up, having never been in practice before. I get that! Sometimes it can be hard to work out where you are going if you have not been in that situation before. But a vision for your practice is really important. How to write a good one? Glad you asked!

Monday, 08 August 2016 11:41

Talking about your practice

This year I volunteered to be a judge for the local Wagga Wagga Business Chamber Crow Awards. If you ever get a chance to judge an award, make sure you take up the opportunity. This particular experience was fantastic and reading through the entries became addictive. I also volunteered this year to judge the IFSHT inaugural innovation award, which involved participating on an international judging panel. Both experiences were fascinating and I learnt some things that you need to think about!

Monday, 01 August 2016 12:30

When not to "fake it till you make it"

Recently I was invited to present to the local business chamber Networking for Knowledge (Marketing) group. This is a wonderful group that meets throughout the year to learn about other businesses, their challenges and ideas towards marketing.

My talk started with a tour of our clinical rooms and discussion about the areas of treatment that we offer in our practice. The rest of my presentation was themed around the importance of ongoing learning in business and how we must continue to push our knowledge and understanding of all the aspects that help make us successful in our missions, including marketing. 

Starting a practice is very rewarding, but it can also be challenging and take up more time that you realised – administration time is one of those forgotten time consuming roles that you will need to devote time to when you start up. Having some good knowledge in basic business skills will help you ensure you hit the ground running and that you are making the most of your time and resources. Here are 4 skills I think are essential when starting up a practice.

Monday, 18 July 2016 21:28

Are your books a mess?

I have been working hard this week ensuring all my financial information for my practices are up to date and everything is in order.  It is an important step each year that I go through and I recommend we all stop at this time of year and review our accounting practices!  Are you efficient in your use of bookkeeping time?  Are you checking to ensure your financial data is in order? Do you have a financial mess?!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 09:41

Simple ways to keep happy in your busyness

It is very easy to become lost in our negative emotions and self perception at times. Shifting into a management role or into the business world of healthcare can be daunting and requires more than just developing a few business skills. We need to build a vision and infrastructure to support clinical work, as well as self confidence that can tolerate the ups and downs of private practice. Being happy can help this. Are you happy?