Are You Wanting to Work Less and Spend More Time with Family?

Are You Wanting to Work Less and Spend More Time with Family?

by | Mar 14, 2024

Imagine this: you’re a dedicated chiropractor, pouring your heart and soul into your own practice, striving day in and day out to create the practice of your dreams, all while juggling the responsibilities of being a parent and a spouse. It’s a tough balancing act, isn’t it? The long days at work never seem to end, leaving you with little time to spend with your family, especially your kids.

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I can relate. I used to be in that exact same position. I vividly remember those 8am to 7pm work days where I would miss out on my daughters’ milestones and those precious “firsts.” It pained me deeply to know that I was sacrificing those precious moments for the sake of my career aspirations.

The truth is, I hated going to work in the morning because I knew I would be stuck there all day. It felt like a never-ending cycle, “working towards success” without truly understanding what that success meant for my happiness. I was relentlessly chasing this vision of a million-dollar practice, believing that more money would bring me more joy. But as I finally reached that milestone, I discovered an unwelcome truth: money alone did not equal happiness.

In that moment of realization, I made a pivotal change to my business model. I made a decision that was both humbling and liberating. I chose to hire an experienced associate doctor, someone I could trust implicitly, and pay them well, so that I could step back and work part-time. And you know what? It worked like a charm.

For the past five years, I’ve been able to come home after just working the morning shift. I can now pick up my kids from school, play with them, cook dinner, and truly enjoy being a father and a husband. It’s been a transformational experience, and one that has brought immense joy and fulfillment into my life.

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So, if you find yourself yearning for that same sense of balance, that desire to work less and spend more time with your family, know that it is possible. I am living proof of that. However, let me be honest with you—achieving this balance won’t happen overnight. It requires key elements to be in place within your business.

FamilyFirst and foremost, you need a solid business structure and foundation. Don’t be afraid to draw inspiration from the Fortune 500 world and incorporate those principles into your own small business. Next, surround yourself with an incredible team of employees who will support you and help run the practice, even when you’re not there. These “A-Team” members will ensure that your practice thrives even in your absence.

Implementing systems and processes within your chiropractic business is crucial. Yes, there are many to choose from, but remember, it’s about taking it one step at a time. Start small and build upon each successful implementation. A steady stream of new patients is vital, and that can be achieved through an effective marketing plan with multiple sources. Lastly, embrace the importance of leadership. Your ability to lead and manage your team effectively will set the stage for a stable and sustainable business.

I want you, and every chiropractor out there, to find that perfect work-life balance. I want you to enjoy the simple joys of being there for your family, just like I have been fortunate enough to experience. If you need assistance in setting up these key elements within your practice, know that you can reach out to us. We’re here to help you on your journey to creating a life of fulfillment and happiness—one where work doesn’t consume your existence, but rather complements it. Together, we can make that dream a reality.