A step-by-step guide on how to set up your own complementary health care practice. This book covers every aspect of starting up a new practice, taking into account the wide range of practice requirements from the very simple (e.g. in therapist's own home) to the more ambitious (e.g. buying premises from which to set up a clinic). It covers all the legal requirements, detailed and precise financial calculations and the mechanics of how the therapist goes about making their vision a reality. Day-to-day aspects that need to be considered when the practice is up and running are covered. The manual is relevant for a broad spectrum of complementary practitioners, from chiropractors to massage therapists.
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1 Where do I start? Brainstorming
2 How do you decide on the type of practice you want?
3 Ways of trading
4 The mechanics of putting the practice together - location, location, location
5 Dealing with professionals in the start up and running of your practice
Part II Marketing
9 Marketing introduction
10 Market research
11 Analysing marketing information and preparing it for use
12 Introduction to advertising and public relations
13 Advertising and promotion
14 Public relations
Part III Financial Matters
15 Finance introduction
16 Financial considerations for your business plan
17 Putting a business plan together
18 Raising finance
Patr IV Procedure
19 Clinic procedure
20 Working with the conventional medical profession
21 Strategies for coping with the demands on you while you are developing your clinic
22 How to deal with money matters now your clinic is open
23 What about the future?
Chiropractor, acupuncturist, western and Chinese herbalist in private practice. Lecturer in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Northern College of Acupuncture. Lecturer in Western Medicine at the Northern College of Acupuncture. Peer reviewer, Clinical Chiropractic, Elsevier Journal.