For all of you practice owners out there, we realize your job isn't easy. And sometimes being your own boss isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Managing the business side of things on top of seeing patients everyday can be a lot to handle. Or maybe you're in the group of optometrists considering opening up their own practice. Well, we thought that it would be a fun break to take a look at the expectations vs. realities of optical dispensing and owning your own practice!
Optical Dispensing Expectations vs. Reality:
Owning Your Own Practice
Expectation: You get to be your own boss.
Reality: Yeah, you get to be your own boss, but you also get to be everyone else's boss too. And sometimes, more responsibility means less freedom.
Expectation: You get to create your own schedule.
Reality: Your patients actually create your schedule.
Expectation: Your budget will keep you on track.
Reality: Everything is twice as expensive as you thought it would be.
Expectation: A steady income will allow you to relax.
Reality: Your income may not always be reliable and predictable.
Expectation: You get to pick who you work with!
Reality: The same people you hired and became friends with, you might have to fire.
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