Starting a Medical Practice

Business.com / Starting a Business / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Starting a medical practice can be a very exciting endeavor, but one that requires much accountability and liability in areas that ...

Starting a medical practice can be a very exciting endeavor, but one that requires much accountability and liability in areas that include employee, client, and medical safety. Many people consider the entrepreneurial route, but it is a risky road to take, especially if you don't set yourself up for success. You don't have to sell a unique product, but you should offer a one-of-a-kind service.

Anyone can start a business with the right attitude and financial backing. Competition will be fierce. You can't expect to put your feet up because it's your own business. On the contrary, you should expect to work very hard in the beginning. Before quitting your full time job in the hopes that you become your own boss and open your medical practice startup, ask yourself the following:

1. Are you committed? It takes more than just a good idea to open your medical business start up. It takes time, money and hard work.

2. If applicable, do you have the right partners? Friends are sometimes best at being just that: they are not always good business partners. Vet potential partners as objectively as possible.

3. Have you done your research to make sure there's demand for your product or service? You may have a great idea, but how many others have the same idea?

Start a medical practice with credibility and get licensed

Businesses are legally required to obtain certain government licenses. Your state may regulate medical businesses via zoning and land/property use permits, federal and state employer tax ID numbers, and a business name certificate. Regulations vary from state to state, as do the agencies that do the regulating. There are online resources that can help you file these documents.
Business.gov can assist you in obtaining the necessary federal, state and local permits, licenses, and registrations for starting your business successfully. Use the “Permit Me” tool for efficiency.

Join an association and build industry credibility when you launch medical practice start-up

As a new business owner, you don't have to go it completely alone. Consider joining an industry association for support. Organizations bring together professionals with the same goals and challenges. As a member you have access to certification and educational opportunities, in addition to networking events, so you can meet industry peers, vendors and suppliers.

Partner with reliable vendors when you open your medical practice startup

As a business owner, it's imperative that you partner with vendors who can assist you in your endeavor to be successful. Both your vendors must be dependable, accommodating, offer a wide variety of products, and be reasonably priced. You want to build a long-term relationship with your suppliers and they must also share your interest in pleasing your clients.
  • When you first open your medical business start up, you may decide to balance your own finances; but as your business grows, consider partnering with an accountant who can help you with tax issues and assist you in building a financially sound company.

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