Every state in the United States has different rules and regulations for becoming a chiropractor or any type of medical professional for that matter. While Chiro Tips is not the authority on what different states regulate, we have collected tips that can help you become a successful chiropractor in your state no matter where you live.
Here are the top 4 pieces of advice from well-established practicing chiropractors.
Understand Your Market the Best You Can
Starting with a new chiropractic office has many challenges. And if you are in an area where chiropractic care is not popular, your greatest challenge will be working with the current market. For this reason, it’s important for chiropractors to establish their credibility with the local market and create the demand. Most chiropractors will spend time sprucing up their offices, but there are a few other things to try like creating a chiropractic blog where you can discuss everything about chiropractic care, build a community page on Facebook and leverage tools like Yelp to drive reviews. All of these ideas will help you to understand the market around you and drive demand for your office.
Show Off Your Office Staff
What better way to grow demand for your office than to show off your chiropractors and office assistants? This helps drive a personalized approach that allows you to work closely with your patients. In a similar way that you wouldn’t hire a painter without seeing who the painter is first, a patient is less likely to work with a chiropractor unless they know who they are beforehand. Of course, you’ll need a website and social media campaign to show off your staff, but this shouldn’t be a blocker to you becoming successful.
Location, Location, Location
As we’ve mentioned before in previous posts, choosing your location is paramount to your success. If you are located in a place that is difficult to access or somewhere that is surrounded by construction, you will struggle to bring in new patients. This is why it’s important to find an accessible location that anyone can reach and use signage to easily highly your business. Aim for strip malls or offices near popular spots like grocery stores in your local area. And try to partner with other medical professionals if if makes sense for your business and patients. A patient will be very happy if they can keep their medical appointments all at one building or location.
“Since moving into a high traffic strip mall, we’ve seen 10x the number of new patients come through,” says Yuba City chiropractor Dr. Gurj Kalay.
Location is incredibly vital to growing your practice.
Keep Credentials & Licenses Updated All of the Time
Every city is different, every county is different and every state is different. You’ll need to check with your local government offices to understand how often your licenses need to be updated and if any of your assistants require licensing. Be sure to hang licenses and any credentials like chiropractic school degrees prominently in your office so patients can see them right away.
Time to Get Started
Get started is the most difficult part of starting any business, especially a new chiropractic office. If you can remember these 4 tips as you get started, you’ll be able to prime yourself for success.