Welcome! My guest today is Allison Puryear from the Abundance Practice Building community. Allison practices in Asheville, NC, and has a thriving coaching business for private practitioners. You may recognize her as my guest for Episode 49: Transitioning from Employee to Private Practice Owner. Today’s topic is one that is a struggle for many of us: Learning to say NO as a business owner. Why is saying NO such a hard thing? How does this apply to private practice? We’ll talk about these questions and more as we look at fees, niching, sliding scales, and boundaries. Join me for a great conversation with Allison!
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- Things that keep us from saying NO when we should include our personality, a desire to please, heal, succeed, and take care of others.
- The problem sometimes translates into other areas of life also
- The Saviour Complex: Am I the ONLY one who can help them?
- Look at what’s best for the practitioner AND the client
- Don’t be afraid of boundaries!
- Look to refer the client that you can’t serve
- Pause—Don’t make quick decisions!
- Allison’s recent article: Saying NO in Your Practice
- She addresses the issue in the areas of time, money, and niche.
- Be clear about what you want your practice to look like.
- Limit sliding scale spots; when they’re full, REFER
- Raising rates: What’s the best way to do this?
- Why the fear of not having enough clients leads us out of our niche
- Allison’s tips:
- Avoid the temptation to take every client
- Trust in your practice, that the clients will be there
- Have a good referral system
- Commit to networking with colleagues
- If you can’t say NO, then what are the results of saying YES too much?
- Not modeling good boundaries
- Burnout (eventually)
- “What’s possible and available in private practice is really amazing. Otherwise, you’re missing out!”
www.abundancepracticebuilding.com/checklist (Allison has a free checklist to help YOU!)