March 5th was my last day at my full-time job, here’s an article about why I left my full-time job. April was my first full month away! Here are a few highlights.
Private Practice Highlights
There were a ton of huge steps forward:
- I added another clinician to my Traverse City counseling private practice. She is seeing clients only on Saturday, she already has 5 clients!
- I made another video for a counselor in my private practice, here it is:
I used Fiverr to have the logo intro and then hired Baller to make the video. It was $16.
- I really implmented my new private practice consulting focus and acquired a number of new counseling private practice consulting clients.
- I’ve been editing the new How to Become a Consultant Podcast
- I started a private Facebook Group for people that have done or are doing private practice consulting with me so that we can build more community
- We pass the 100 likes goal for the new How to Become a Consultant Facebook Group.
- We’ve been planning for next month’s Most Awesome Conference, only a handful of spots left!!!
- Not a highlight, but it was still snowing.
Great counseling and marketing articles and podcasts from April
Past Monthly Income Reports
People often ask me why I disclose all this information? To me, I am inspired when other people are open and honest. Then I can learn from how they succeed or fail. My hope is that this helps others to grow in their businesses!
2014 Total Private Practice Income $110,736.79 (working 10-15 hours per week)
September 2014 Monthly Income Report $7,084.45 (but took 2 weeks off for baby)
2013 Annual Counseling Income: $54,513.97 (January-December 2013)
April 2015 Earning Report
What I’m going to be reporting about how to make extra money and what I’m not going to be reporting
I do 9-10 sessions a week in my private practice. I don’t take insurance, so it is private-pay. As a result, I don’t have many expenses in time or actual money. I also do consulting with private practice clinicians and supervision for LLPCs in Michigan (Limited Licensed Professional Counselors), a 100 hour requirement in Michigan.
The term “passive” makes it sound like I don’t have to do work. What I mean is money that I make that is not in direct exchange for my time. I will outline what these are under each item.
In March 2015 I started also looking at how much time I spend working, then I’ll figure out my weekly average. I want to compare this to my old schedule, where I worked 40+ hours and also did 15 or so with the private practice/consulting.
Private Practice Expenses
For a while I have been getting emails about my expenses. It’s not been something that I had a clear handle on, so I didn’t want to inaccurately report them. I am going to report my major expenses each month. Thus the two Monthly Income Reports from January/February will be slightly inflated/deflated based on this new measure. March 2015 Monthly Income Report for Private Practice was the first month I started doing this.
Making Money in Private Practice | April 2015
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Private Practice: $5,774.93
Other counselors: In 2015 we launched the Addictions Treatment: Intensive Recovery Program, which has started to bring in more clients that need additions help. I have four counselors that work for my Traverse City counseling private practice as 1099 contractors and I get a portion of what is brought in. In the past I reported just my portion, but I’m going to be reporting the gross sales that came in: $2,885
Paperwork Packet: $275.53
Podcast Sponsorship: $3,640.65
- A SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) Analysis
- Website Evaluation and Tips
- Consulting: developing a niche within the private practice, building stronger referrals, increasing rates, and launching products to grow income
- I’m also growing my Consultant-to-Consultants side of my consulting (say that 10x fast!)
LLPC Supervision: $720
Member’s Newsletter: This is the weekly newsletter that walks people through exactly what they need to do when starting a private practice. $234.34
Affiliate Marketing to Increase Revenue
Aweber: This is the service I use to create emails, manage lists, and create follow-up emails where they can be in order for the person. It’s super cool! $14.40
BlueHost Referrals: If you are setting up a website, this is the best hosting because of their customer service and the ability to have unlimited websites hosted! $325
Amazon Affiliate Referrals: If you are buying something on Amazon, it’d be great if you clicked the link. I get a small commission without you having to pay anything more: $26.30
NameCheap is who I use to purchase my URLs, they are so easy to work with when you’re setting up a website!: $9.20
Google Ads: I have a few ads through the website and these bring in a bit of passive income. Since my podcast interview about How to Rank Higher in Google with Sarah Barnes I’ve been doing a lot less of this: $5.63
LegalZoom: Legal Zoom is a great way to file your PLLC or LLC paperwork and all other legal forms: $0
Grasshopper: This is the amazing virtual phone system I use, rather than an expensive land line system. I have the $12/month one and it is awesome. At least check them out and watch some videos. $200
April 2015 Gross Total: $18,397.42
A huge and brand new record! Thank you so much for all your support! But let’s break this down more than we have ever done it before.
Private Practice Expenses
Rent and Utilities: $2,065.25
Charter Internet/website: $85
Payment to 1099s: $1,485.25
Grasshopper: $0, charged when account hits $100
Virtual Assistants: $596.50
Office Supplies: $99
Family Health Insurance: $1,367.34
Q1 Taxes, Federal and State: $3,900
TOTAL APRIL 2015 EXPENSES: $9,790.80
Total Hours Worked
Week 1: 5 hours worked went to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Week 2: 35 hours worked
Week 3: 29 hours worked, went to Grand Rapids for two days for my mom’s surgery
Week 4: 30 hours worked
Week 5: 24 hours worked
TOTAL HOURS WORKED IN APRIL: 123
April 2015 Income Totals
Gross Income: $18,397.42 Expenses: $9,790.80 = Total Net: +$8,606.62
Average hourly: $$149.57
If you want to go after your own AMBITIOUS RESULTS, let’s talk and do some consulting.
Some of the numbers from Google Ads, Amazon, NameCheap, and my e-books will not be paid until they reach a certain amount or 60-90 days after the sale.
Joseph R. Sanok, MA, LLP, LPC, NCC
Joe Sanok is an ambitious results expert. He is a private practice business consultant and counselor that helps small businesses and counselors in private practice to increase revenue and have more fun! He helps owners with website design, vision, growth, and using their time to create income through being a private practice consultant. Joe was frustrated with his lack of business and marketing skills when he left graduate school. He loved helping people through counseling, but felt that often people couldn’t find him. Over the past few years he has grown his skills, income, and ability to lead others, while still maintaining an active private practice in Traverse City, MI. To link to Joe’s Google+ . Photo by Tax Credits