You’ve been thinking about hiring a dental consultant to help grow your practice, but you’re not sure if you really need one. There are definitely areas in your practice that could use some TLC, but you’re just about convinced you can make the necessary changes on your own. What could go wrong?
Unfortunately, a lot. While you think you know your practice inside and out, there are likely problem areas you don’t even know exist – areas an experienced consultant can easily identify. Not only that, it’s difficult to find the motivation to determine what changes you need to make and then to actually implement them if there’s no one there to encourage you. So problems never actually get fixed, and often end up becoming worse.
Here are a few signs it might be time to bring in outside help:
You’re losing patients. Low patient retention is a sure sign of a struggling practice. Patients leave practices for many reasons, but it can be difficult for you to determine that reason on your own — and you can’t fix the problem if you have no idea what’s causing it. An outside perspective can help.
You’re losing team members. Team members won’t stick around if they don’t like their working environment, whether it’s because they don’t have enough direction to successfully perform their duties or they’re constantly dealing with inefficient systems. Turnover is a tell-tale sign something is wrong in a practice, and if you don’t get to the source of the problem, it could lead to lost revenues and a lot of time spent reading resumes and interviewing candidates.
You’re constantly stressed. This stress could be from a heavy workload or financial concerns. Either way, it’s a sign something isn’t quite right, and a consultant can help you determine what it is.
If you’re ready to make positive changes in your practice, the right dental consultant can help you reach your goals and grow your bottom line.