Growing Your Lactation Practice by Hiring Help (Podcast)
Many lactation consultants are used to working solo, and it can be hard to surrender certain aspects of your private practice to others. But if you feel like you’re spending too much time on tasks that take you away from the clinical work you love, it may be time to bring on people who can share the workload.
When you wear many hats, like most private practitioners, it can be hard to recognize when you need to delegate a task to someone else who has more time or expertise in the area
Realizing that that time is just as finite as money helps you see that when you have more time for the things you want to do you might actually make more money
Write down your weekly and monthly tasks outside of your IBCLC responsibilities and assess what tasks might be good to hire out
These tasks are likely things that someone else is more passionate about or proficient in
You can hire out work for your personal or business life: billing, scheduling, clinical assistance, taxes, cleaning, laundry, school pickups, childcare, elder care, etc.
It could be just as good for you to commit to brushing up on your proficiencies and then “hiring yourself” to do those extra tasks
As you walk down this road of evaluating your time and capacity, it might be helpful to start using a time tracking app and consistently analyzing how things are going
Don’t be afraid to tweak things until everything is working the way you want it to
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Annie’s tech tip:
How to talk to your subcontractors and administrative assistants about protecting privacy in client communication
Leah’s marketing tip:
Hiring out help for social media
3 Ways to Collaborate with other IBCLs (Podcast Episode)
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.
You can also listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play.
About the Author
Annie Frisbie, MA, IBCLC is the creator of the Lactation Private Practice Essential Toolkit, a collection of books, resources, legal forms, training manuals, and workbooks aimed at helping private practice lactation consultants build a private practice that’s ethical, profitable, sustainable, and enjoyable.