Every private practice needs a home. These days, the location of your business can range from rented office space, desks within doctors offices or outpatient centers, co-working spaces, coffee shops, or even your kitchen table!
More common than ever before, however, is having a home office. This is especially popular if you’re just starting out or offering virtual telehealth services.
Let’s explore what you should consider when setting up a home office.
Advantages Of Opening a Home Office:
- Cost is probably the biggest advantage of having a home office. Renting formal office space can be one of the biggest overhead costs for private practice practitioners starting out, but it isn’t always necessary. Instead, designating a room or area in your home can get the job done.
- Convenience is another advantage of opening a home office. Your place of work is now only steps away! This has substantial implications on how you can set your schedule, flexibility, and more.
Questions to Consider When Deciding If a Home Office Is For You:
- Are you comfortable receiving clients in your home? Depending on your clientele, this can be an effective way to build close relationships.
- Are you planning to see patients virtually? If so, a home office may be exactly what you need!
- Would you benefit from a formal separation between work and home? For example, will you be more productive if you are physically separated from your house? Some of us work better in a formal office space, away from distractions of home.
So you think opening a home office is for you. Congrats! Even though you’re working from home, there are several factors to consider when setting up shop.
Here are our top tips for opening your home office:
Decorate to Reflect Your Brand, Not Your Home
If you’re working from a spare room in your home, it may already be decorated to reflect your personal taste. To make this room more of an office, consider adding a few pictures, professional certificates, or decorations to make this space feel more like your office.
Keep It Professional
Think about how you’ll receive clients, what their experience will be, and how you can prevent distractions and interruptions during appointments.
Do you have a separate entrance for clients? Is your office handicap accessible for clients who cannot use stairs? How will you make sure your kids or pets will not interrupt your appointment?
Also, consider how to handle early client arrivals while you’re in a session. Thinking ahead so you’re prepared before this occurs will help keep your home office professional.
For Virtual Appointments: Think About Your Background
If you’ll be doing virtual care, think about what is visible in the screen background. Will clients see a blank wall or your living room? Keeping your background professional (i.e. not your children’s toys sprawled across the floor) can help promote a better client-provider relationship through virtual care.
Create a Comfortable Experience
Think about the small things:
- Do you feel comfortable having clients see family photos?
- What about anything that represents your religious affiliation?
- Will you offer water or other snacks to clients? If so, have them in close proximity to where you’ll be meeting clients.
Believe it or not, it’s these small things that can make a big difference in client experience.
A home office isn’t for everyone, but if it’s for you, we hope this post was helpful as you think through what will enable the best experience for you and your clients.