You’re about to take a huge leap, from working 9-12 hours away for somebody else, to working solely by yourself. If freelance optometry makes perfect sense to you, this article is for you to know – you’ll do great and here’s why!
For those who are squeamish to freelancing, here’s why getting into freelance isn’t a waddle through the dark. Freelancing can be scary at first, but all you need to do is calculate your steps and then take the jump.
Your Patient Pool Is Diverse
Here’s what you’re getting as a company-hired optician – approx. 20-40-year-olds with no serious ailments. If you want diversity, go for freelance. The monotony of an office job is purged, and you get out of the cycle of the same standard annual comprehensive exams that you must perform.
So, you balance your work with both younger people and the older population, give time to nursing homes, and feel fulfilled with jobs that you’ve picked and chosen for yourself. And guess what? With working with such a wide spectrum of patients, you build your skills as a doctor, in the process.
You Get A Sense Of What Works Best For You
You’ll love freelancing because of how much you learn from it. You can see for yourself and determine what works best in offices and what you would change when it’s time for you to open your own private practice.
Additionally, you learn how to build a business by spurring purchases in the optical. A retail practice will teach you how to create an attractive optical and generate profitability.
Take Thorough Notes
There will be circumstances where you find it difficult to follow up with your patients when you are not in the same office all the time. This can harm patient care continuity.
Here’s how you overcome this – take excellent notes in the patient chart, as well as explain to the patient who will see them next along with an assurance that the next doctor will be up to date on the information.
Then leave a note to the next doctor about what they should be expecting from the patient’s case. The more communication, the better the patient transition is from doctor to doctor.
Learn How To Deal With An Array Of Products
Freelancing isn’t a cake-walk. When it comes to prescription glasses, not every office may carry the contact lens trials you may be looking for, or trust, and may not offer the spectacle lens material or frame you might want.
What you need here is adaptation. When you freelance, you must be open to a diversity of products, but never let it take away from the integrity of your patient care.
A Guide To Keeping Your Schedule Full
Creating great relationships with the staff, doctors, and patients in each practice is what will keep your schedule full!
Try to stay flexible about filling in at the spur of the moment. Sometimes clinics kay have emergencies, and they appreciate it when you’re available to fill in at the last minute.
They will keep you in mind the next time they need to line a doctor up to fill in. It shows you care about your practice. Always treat each practice as your own which will give clinics another reason to keep calling you.
Soar on your news wings, my friend! And always remember to cultivate, and keep every specific contact on record, for each practice you freelance for.
The contract should include the per diem fee you agreed on and if there are any bonus structures, what they are and when to expect payment. This way you leave no questions when it comes to the time for payment. Good luck! Adieu!
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