Some chiropractors stay as associates (employees) for many years. They enjoy the work, they like the pay, and they feel free from having to make the tough decisions involved with being a business owner. But many chiropractors find that after a while they are ready to move away from that associate position and on to a solo practice or other option. You may be ready to leave in a few months, or after several years. How do you know when it’s time to leave?
You know you are ready to leave when…
“¢ You wake up in the morning dreading going to the practice
“¢ You find yourself disagreeing with your employer about how to care for patients, how to market, how to run the practice
“¢ You feel you have learned all you need to learn from this doctor
“¢ You are sure the doctor is doing something illegal, but you can’t put your finger on what is going on
“¢ You are sure you don’t want to practice like this doctor
“¢ You start looking at ads in the paper for offices to lease
“¢ You think about how far you would have to go to get out the area designated in your non-compete agreement.
If one or more of these situations sounds like you, it’s probably time to move on. Sure, it is scary to start your own practice, but it’s better than being in a situation where you are uncomfortable, bored, worried, at odds with the other doctor.