Switching from 1099 to W2 Clinicians with Betsy Mejías | FP 135

On this therapist podcast, Betsy Mejías talks about Switching from 1099 to W2 Clinicians

Are you in the process of hiring clinicians? Do you want to build a lively work environment and culture? Are you nervous about switching to W2?

In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks with Betsy Mejías about switching from 1099 to W2 clinicians.

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Meet Betsy Mejías

A photo of Betsy Mejías is captured. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the owner of Abundant Life Christian Counseling. Betsy is featured on Faith in Practice, a therapist podcast.Betsy Mejías is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Christian Counselor. She is also certified in EMDR therapy.

Betsy started her social work career in child welfare, and later, medical social work. Throughout this time she did contract counseling on the side and served in her church’s marriage ministry. She opened her group practice, Abundant Life Christian Counseling, in 2018, and often jokes that she is the poster child for what not to do when building a practice.

Visit Abundant Life Christian Counseling, and connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.

In This Podcast

  • Considering the switch
  • Addressing uncertainties
  • Making the change
  • Betsy’s advice to Christian counselors

Considering the switch

The layout and the way I was running it, [I realized] I was treating my 1099s like W2 employees … using the same electronic health record, a receptionist, providing the office space. In no way, shape, or form were they independent business owners. (Betsy Mejías)

Many practice owners end up treating their 1099 employees like W2s.

These owners provide all the resources, benefits, and bonuses of being a W2 employee to a 1099 contractor, and it ends up costing the business owner.

You need to consider making the switch to hiring W2 clinicians if you find yourself treating your 1099s like full employees.

One of the biggest problems with the 1099 model is that people start paying everything for their clinicians and then complain that they are struggling to make a profit because of the way that they run that money out. (Whitney Owens)

Addressing uncertainties

Some practice owners are nervous to switch to the W2 employee model. Some of these uncertainties include:

  • Fearing that their staff will leave
  • Paying an increase in taxes
  • Paying for benefits

However, what solves all these fears, is that the percentage change from switching to the W2 model boosts your income overall. The W2 model also helps with retention, creating a work culture, income, and so much more.

Making the change

I did lose a clinician but that’s okay because the whole point was to have a similar vision, and if you value that independence then you’re not going to be on the same vision. (Betsy Mejías)

Create the culture that you wish to have in your practice, and this is easier to do with the W2 model. You can create abundance and give it more easily to your W2 employees.

Keep the lines of communication open so that you can welcome the best-fitting clinicians into your practice and let the more independent ones go gratefully.

Betsy’s advice to Christian counselors

You are ministers of hope. You can give hope to your clients to encourage them to get to the healing that they are searching for.

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Meet Whitney Owens

Photo of Christian therapist Whitney Owens. Whitney helps other christian counselors grow faith based private practices!Whitney is a licensed professional counselor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.

Knowing the pains and difficulties surrounding building a private practice, she started this podcast to help clinicians start, grow, and scale a faith-based practice. She has learned how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same.

Visit her website and listen to her podcast here. Connect on Instagram or join the Faith in Practice Facebook group. Email her at whitney@practiceofthepractice.com

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