Do you have a family and run a business? How can you structure your business to give you some more time away from your family? Which systems should you have set up to maintain your business while you are on leave?
In this podcast episode, Alison Pidgeon speaks with Dr. Kate Campbell about how to take maternity leave as a business owner.
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Meet Dr. Kate Campbell
Dr. Kate Campbell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an entrepreneurial spirit. She is the Founder and CEO of Bayview Therapy – a counseling and psychology group practice with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs, Florida.
Since 2011, she has grown the brand into a team of 30+ caring and dedicated therapists who are specialized in different areas and are committed to making a difference in the south Florida community.
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In This Podcast
- Dr. Campbell’s maternity leave tips
- Do a trial run
- Make sure to switch off
Dr. Campbell’s maternity leave tips
1 – Saving
Save before and leading up to the time that you go on maternity leave so that you can take those three months off and still pay yourself a monthly salary.
2 – Systemize as much as you can
I looked at all of the repetitive tasks, I looked at what I could automate as much as possible so that everything would be taken care of. (Dr. Kate Campbell)
For instance, if you are a solopreneur, you can automate:
- New client intakes,
- Phone calls to voice mail or set up a recording system.
If you are a group practice owner, you can delegate:
- And produce videos that explain basic systems for your employees to watch when they need quick answers,
- Provide your clinicians and admin with scripts for how to respond to clients in different scenarios,
- Use Google Drive as a placeholder for information,
- Have your VA or admin, someone that you trust, take over client relations while you are out of office.
Do a trial run
Once you have laid out how you want the systems to work and have set up your automation, take a three-week vacation before your three-month maternity leave to test out how your automated and systemized business will run while you are away.
Once you systemize everything, take a vacation … it was like a test to ensure that all of the systems that we had in place were going to run like clockwork and they did, so that gave me the confidence to know that: “okay, we’re ready for maternity leave”. (Dr. Kate Campbell)
If there are any kinks, then you have some time to iron them out before the real maternity leave begins after your few-week test leave period.
Make sure to switch off
When you are on maternity leave, try to be present there instead of thinking about work constantly.
Put your trust in the employees that you have hired, trust the systems that you worked hard to set up, and know that in the minor chance that a hiccup occurs, it can be worked through, so remember that on the whole everything is fine.
Books mentioned in this episode:
- Top 15 Money Leaks in Your Group Practice | GP 80
- Therapy for Your Money Podcast
- Group Practice Launch
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- PoP Group Practice Owners Facebook Group
- Free resources to help you start, grow, and scale
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- Consult With Alison
- Alison Pidgeon on Therapy for Your Money Podcast
- Practice of the Practice Network
Meet Alison Pidgeon, Group Practice Owner
Alison Pidgeon, LPC is the owner of Move Forward Counseling, a group practice in Lancaster, PA and she runs a virtual assistant company, Move Forward Virtual Assistants.
Alison has been working with Practice of the Practice since 2016. She has helped over 70 therapist entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, through mastermind groups and individual consulting.
Transformation From A Private Practice To Group Practice
In addition, she is a private practice consultant for Practice of the Practice. Allison’s private practice ‘grew up.’ What started out as a solo private practice in early 2015 quickly grew into a group practice and has been expanding ever since.
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