Amy Geach

Amy Geach

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 09:41

Minimising client debt

We all love to believe that all clients will pay on time for our services, but in reality it does not always happen. Outstanding payments can really affect your cashflow, and it often means more admin time organising a way to collect the money. Any practice owner, even sole practitioners, need to develop a system that helps reduce the likelihood of people not paying in the first place, and then a way to collect the debt if that occurs.

When starting your business as a provider, one of the first points to consider is your business structure. This involves being a self-employed contractor or service provider. The way you structure your business has a direct reflection on taxes and income (examples include sole trader or company). It is recommended that you discuss your business structure options with an accountant before getting started. Following this, there are responsibilities of self-employed providers or private practice owners under the NDIS, and it is worth learning and planning for these ahead of time. Let's explore some of the areas you will need to consider:

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 12:40

My Favourite Apps for 2016

Each year I like to share my favourite mobile apps. I don’t like to have too many apps on my devices, as I get a little lost and forget about some of them, but there are a few that I use frequently. Apps are a great way to keep organised on the run. I often split my work between home and my clinic rooms, so it is vital for me to have a system where I can access items at home, at work and when out and about on the road or when travelling.

Monday, 04 April 2016 13:20

Building your allied health brand

Your brand is not just your logo, or an advertising campaign on social media. Your brand is comprised of both tangible and intangible aspects of your business that differentiates your service from your competitors. Understanding branding concepts is so important on both an individual level and from a practice perspective.

Monday, 28 March 2016 16:51

More ways to fit extra in your day

Last week we talked about ways to save time in your day, so you have more time to get through your to do list. Today I will share with you more ideas you may be able to use to shave some time off tasks in your day, and possibly fit in one extra item. Wouldn’t that be nice?! Some ideas may seem obvious, but it's always worthwhile re-assessing the time management tools you are using in your business.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 11:38

Getting some extra time in your day

One of the biggest issues that private practice owners face is finding enough time in the day to get things completed. I hear it all the time, and even struggle with it myself a lot. I am often saying, I need an extra day in the week, however I think honestly I would fill it with other ‘stuff’. Better I think to find ways to make the days you do dedicate to work, more productive. Even taking a few minutes off here and there in your day can make a difference.

Sometimes when it is busy and you have lots of clients booked in, it can be hard to find the time to develop your marketing ideas.  Having some prompts is great for these occasions when your brain needs a boost of ideas.  These are some ideas for topics you could use for a Facebook post, a blog, a tweet, or in a newsletter for your practice. 

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 08:06

Every mistake is a chance to learn

Learning is big on my agenda. It was a critical factor in establishing Maida Learning as I believe in the saying "Learn as if you were to live forever" spoken by Ghandi, and learning how to run a great practice was something I was very passionate about. In running a private practice there are so many learning avenues; from financial, to leadership, marketing to capacity management. One of the best methods I have used to learn in my own practice is through a few failures!

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 11:01

Great handouts don't just happen!

Providing handouts and information sheets to clients is a great way to compliment your one-on-one sessions. However, great handouts do not just happen! They require some planning, researching and coordinating. 

Monday, 22 February 2016 16:24

Getting comfy with your numbers

Last year I shared how it’s difficult sometimes as an allied health professional as we don’t necessarily learn the financial aspects that are required to run a service, or run a business. Today we continue our learning...