Y’all may know I’m an outgoing extravert. I love, love, love being with people. Going into business for myself was not exactly the smartest social move I could make, or so I thought as I was planning my first full time practice. I feared I would wither away in my office by myself. I feared the lack of meetings (which I hated) and the few minutes in between sessions chatting with colleagues would wear on me and I’d be like a hermit during work hours. Then I’d come home to a studying husband who mostly read, wrote and slept while at home. I questioned whether or not this change would be a huge mistake that would plunge me into depression as I adjusted to a new city and a new identity: “Lonely Girl.”
Thank goodness I was wrong. Super-wrong. I found that building my business has been the best possible thing for my social life the two times I’ve moved cross country to start over.
My friends over at Simple Practice asked me to talk about how I did this in an audio series for them. You can listen to it here. There are 7 short (the longest is eight & a half minutes) podcasts focused on ways to battle loneliness in private practice that also happen to build your business. Give it a listen!
Let us know what your takeaways are in the comments!
Allison Puryear is an LCSW with a nearly diagnosable obsession with business development. She has started practices in three different states and wants you to know that building a private practice is shockingly doable when you have a plan and support. After retiring her individual consultation services, she opened the Abundance Party, where you can get practice-building help for the cost of a copay. You can download a free private practice checklist to make sure you have your ducks in a row, get weekly private practice tips, listen to the podcast, hop into the free Facebook Group. Allison is all about helping you gain the confidence and tools you need to succeed.