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    6 steps to open a practice

    The views expressed here belong to the author. They do not necessarily represent the views of Optometry Times or UBM Medica.

    Opening a practice of your own can be quite overwhelming and can leave you wondering where to start.

    Previously from Dr. Denton: Behind the scenes of Instagram practice photos

    Having gone through it myself, I decided to put together the 6 steps I followed while going through the process.

    1. Location, Location, Location

    When looking for a location for my practice—a whole other blog in itself—I considered many factors.

    I looked at all options: strip mall locations, professional office complexes, historic main street locations, and more. I ended up choosing a space located in a historic building downtown—near the railroad.

    Related: 5 steps to creating a budget

    The space checked out in terms of having an amiable landlord with a good reputation, being as affordable as possible, having tons of space to grow into, and needing little renovation. Plus, there was an adjacent parking lot that would help us stay in the location longer as our schedule became busier.

    Due to the neighborhood, I felt it was important to consider a design that respected the “good bones” of the building, and incorporated the rustic-industrial railroad vibe of downtown.

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