Reasons To Set Your First Therapy Practice Up At Home

Posted on: 7 November 2018

Upon getting trained as a therapist and setting a goal of opening a private therapy practice, one of the first steps that you'll need to complete is deciding where your clinic will be. A logical choice is to rent office space in a professional/medical building, as this environment offers a lot of benefits. Another option is to think about setting up the practice in your own home, space permitting. Of course, you'll want to only move forward in this manner if you're in a convenient location and if your home offers the space for this venture. Here are some reasons that this location is an optimal choice.

No Overhead Costs

In your early days of being a therapist, you'll encounter a lot of costs that can be a challenge — especially if you don't have a steady flow of patients just yet. Renting office space, which typically requires you to pay the first and last months of rent, can have you spending thousands of dollars long before you sit down with your first patient. It's not free to set up your practice at home — you'll likely want to buy some furniture and decorations — but you won't have the usual overhead costs associated with renting.

Conveniences When You Aren't Busy

When you have a full day's worth of patients booked to see you, treating them in any location can work easily. However, when you're new to this field and perhaps have just two patients in a day, a home clinic is ideal. If there were to be a significant gap between the two patients, you'd be forced to kill time in your rented office space. This can often feel like a waste of time. However, at home, you can treat one patient and then perform tasks around the house until the next patient's arrival.

More Control Over Distractions

If you know that your house is quiet, perhaps because you live alone or with a spouse who is out when you'd be taking patients, you likely feel confident about the lack of distractions in this location. You can't control who rents space around you in a different location, and this could be a challenge. Therapy patients need quiet environments to think, and having people talking loudly as they walk down the hall or playing music in an office space next to yours can provide a difficult environment for you to start seeing patients.

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