Today I want to talk about building and owning your own dental hygiene practice. As self-initiating hygienists, you can now own your own practice! This is so exciting and was first passed September 2007. Lately things have been difficult for dental hygienists, it seems we are being paid less and less per year because our value doesn't seem to be recognized. Many of us have thought about other alternatives but still want to work as a dental hygienist. The perfect answer? Opening up your own practice!
Although it isn't as simple as it sounds, it can be SO rewarding. Whether you want to open your own mobile practice, stand alone dental office or work with other self initiating dental hygienists, you can make a great income and work for yourself. The CDHA says to own and manage your own business it is key to analyzing marketing opportunities, researching and selecting the target markets, designing marketing strategies and programs, and implementing and controlling the marketing effort. Also to understand the basics such as understanding your role as manager, knowing when to consult professionals and what to consult them about, recruiting and hiring the right employee, developing a human resource manual and writing job descriptions. Sound simple? It probably doesn't! We can help :).
Many of you want to do this but have no idea where to start. At Dentalelle, we do offer a full program to help independent hygienists set up and open their own practice ($108.50). This program guides you through every step from business aspects, financial success, marketing, hiring, management, you name it! Five courses in total at around 2-3 hours each and you can take this course at your own leisure. It is all located online so you can stop, and start up again anytime you wish. You will also receive a full resource manual with power points and documents to go along with each course. A full review session is done LIVE and interactive online when you have completed everything. We discuss it all and answer any questions you may have.
Let us know if you have any questions :). We look forward to teaching you!
My name is Andrea Twarowski, owner and operator of Dentalelle Tutoring.