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Today’s episode of Lactation Business Coaching with Annie and Leah is called “Is an Office Right for Your Lactation Practice?” There are several options to move into an office setting as an IBCLC, from setting up in a physician’s office to sharing an office space to building your own home office.
Of course, there are pros and cons to each office setting. It would be wise to evaluate on a quarterly basis to see which option is best for you or if an office setting is even the best fit for your business.
Office setting 1: Working in a physician office
Office setting 2: Shared office setting
Office setting 3: Home office
“You need to take a bigger picture look and say, come to them and say, this is a chance for your practice to increase awareness of services, diversify your offerings to your patients, add value to what they’re already getting, compete with the other pediatric practices in the area and say well, we’ve got lactation over here at this pediatric’s office and help them see it as a business decision not just ‘wouldn’t it be great?'”
“So I think there’s a lot of possibilities. It would be something, if you were going to look into having your own office, maybe finding your own space to take over to really sit down and do an official business plan and sit down maybe with your accountant or hire an accountant if you don’t have one or get a business coach to really run the numbers and see what are the possibilities here?”
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Leah Jolly is a private practice IBCLC with Bay Area Breastfeeding in Houston, Texas. Annie Frisbie is a private practice IBCLC serving Queens and Brooklyn in New York City, and the creator of the Lactation Consultant Private Practice Toolkit.