The deed is done, the shingle hung, and practice begun!
The weather conspired against a June 29th opening (when the crop is ready and the weather is right you harvest and all else gets delayed), but on July 8th the planets aligned and I opened the doors to my new office.
In no particular order here is what I’ve discovered about opening a practice:
- If a tape measure says the distance between your computer and the network port is 15 feet, use a 20 foot cable to connect the two.
- Telemarketers start calling about 3 days after phone service installation. The corollary to this is that junk mail is the first to find its way to your address, followed shortly by bills.
- The “new” wears off guest chairs after the 4th use or so – don’t get attached to unblemished furniture.
- There are two types of installers – those that say they’ll be there in 2 weeks and then show up in 2 days and those that say they’ll be there in 2 days and show up 2 weeks later. I don’t think this is due to the random nature of work – I think it is somehow related to how difficult it will be to fit a given time/date into my schedule
- Buy local – don’t always assume that you get the best price on-line and/or in the big town just down the highway. Paying for personal service often trumps paying for shipping and handling.
- Pens walk out the door with installers, delivery people, contractors, etc – make use of this and have your pens imprinted with your name and phone number.
- After all the preparation and the hustle and bustle of moving-in and setting up, opening day will seem like an anticlimax.