Did you know that according to Regus Canada, almost 50% of employees are working remotely in Canada; and Stanford News reported in its article on the new work-from-home economy that 42% of employees in the U.S. do so too. This translates into the emergence of new business models to reflect our habits’ evolution, and in this context, going remote with your practice makes sense.
Employees working remotely in Canada
Employees working remotely in U.S.A.
We are going to help you answer that question in this article.
Why should you start a remote clinic?
Due to clinics laying off practitioners and/or reducing their hours, and with patient reticence to travel to a clinic or spend time in a waiting room, you probably are looking for new ways to provide care and generate income.
The good news is, we have the technology to stay connected, and with a little bit of creative thinking, you could be in the perfect position to launch your own remote clinic, and create opportunities for yourself to break from the brick and mortar clinic rat race.
Take a moment to imagine what it would feel like to:
- not have to work at one, two, or even three clinics to make a full time income,
- not have to share your profits with a clinic,
- have the freedom to be your own boss,
- decide when you wish to see clients,
- be able to work from anywhere,
- not waste your time, energy and money on commuting back and forth,
- be able to create deep connections with your clients, rather than having them pass through as another number during your busy workday.
What type of services can you offer with a remote clinic?
It might seem challenging to envision what a remote clinic would look like, you may think that you’ll be limited with your options, especially if caring for your clients involves manual treatment.
But going remote doesn’t necessarily mean not seeing your clients in person at all. And it can be an opportunity to become closer and more accessible to your patients, to deepen your knowledge of their medical and wellness history. You have the opportunity to shift from a business model where you spend most of your time fixing issues, to one where you can focus on preventing those issues, ensuring that your clients stay in good health.
Offering 1:1 and group virtual care services via Zoom, Facetime, Google Meet, or over the phone
Creating online courses and coaching programs on the most frequently asked questions you get from your clients
Offering house calls, or becoming a mobile RMT or Chiropractor
If you have the space and want to make the investment, you could also have clients come to you by creating a home office
You can also partner with other health and wellness practitioners who complement your services to reach more people or create holistic programs, and/or develop partnership with businesses who want to offer perks to their employees
How much does it cost to launch a remote clinic?
Setting up a remote clinic is cost effective, and you most likely already have the important equipment you’ll need to get started: a computer, a phone and an internet connection.
Then depending on what you are going to create you might need to invest in:
- Domain name and hosting for a website
- Practice management software to organize your clients, your appointments and collect payment
- Software supporting you in promoting your practice: to send email newsletters to your clients and prospects, to edit photos and videos, to schedule your content for social media…
- Subscription to a platform to host an online course
- Proper light, microphone and camera to improve the experience and quality of your video appointments, and if you are planning on doing video recordings
- Other equipments you might need in your work with your clients
- Home office set-up
- Materials and PPE to bring on your house calls