I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
When starting your practice, you’ll find that you’ll want to get into something that looks a bit more professional, as looking the part is important. You’ll want to look like you are confident and successful. You’ll want to make sure that you dress the part. When you dress the part, you will be seen as a serious practitioner, and you will be able to look successful before you even begin to budget for the practice plan.
When approaching a financial institution, if you need a loan to present a practice plan or ask for money, you’ll always want to look professional. Most individuals will want to wear dress slacks, a dress shirt, and maybe even a full suit. Only if the meeting is very casual should you consider being less formal than described? Make sure that you are well-groomed and have a very professional demeanor. You may have a lot of potential with your investors. However, if you aren’t dressed for success, you will not get a penny for your efforts.
It is also essential to dress in a business-like manner when interviewing new employees. Even if your practice does not require formal attire, you’ll want to show your employees that a professional attitude is important, and that professionalism is a standard in your practice.
You don’t just have to worry about how you dress to work, but outside of work as well. The way that you carry yourself, at any time, will affect the way that others perceive your practice. When someone recognizes you at the grocery store, they’ll still judge the way you present yourself during an evening stroll downtown or at a business mixer. Ensure you’re looking the part with clean clothes, aren’t too big or small, and overall represents you well.
It also helps to dress one step above your employees. If you own a restaurant, for instance, will employees be required to wear a specific uniform? You may also want this uniform for yourself with a few changes, such as adding a tie, to set yourself apart from the other employees.
Also, consider what you are wearing every day because you might want to purchase multiple shirts of the same style if that is your set work dress code. It is easier than doing laundry all the time. You may want to get some extra advertisement when you aren’t even working. You’ll want to purchase T-shirts, coats, pens, bumper stickers, and more so that you can display your practice name.
You will also find that there are meetings with investors, referral sources, employees, and more that you will not be dressed in practice clothing. However, if you get some Polo shirts with a practice name, you will always look professional while still representing your brand.
Always watch your appearance and how others perceive you in the practice. If you look like you were put together correctly, you will dazzle everyone. Looking the part is important, so consider your wardrobe in the cost of starting your new practice.
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I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Follow me on social media @DrHassanRehab.