3 Important Steps to Do Due Diligence For a Successful OD Practice Purchase

Purchasing a practice is an exciting yet daunting process for both new grad and seasoned optometrists alike. One of the reasons purchasing a practice is so daunting is due to the uncertainty that comes with becoming the new owner of an existing business….Due diligence methodology for purchasing an optometric practice has been nearly universally defined by prominent valuation experts in the field. This is the 3 methodology that we will be discussing.

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8 Dos and Don’ts When Purchasing an Optometry Practice

Practice ownership is often heralded as one of the pinnacles of an optometric career. Having ownership of a practice often allows for higher income, and more importantly: freedom and autonomy to practice as one sees fit. In my career, I have had the privilege of buying my own practice as well as helping others through the buying process… So whether you are a newly minted graduate looking to begin your legacy, or you are a seasoned veteran looking to acquire another piece of your empire – use these points to help guide you towards your next big purchase.

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3 Optometry Job Contract Red Flags to Watch Out For

Reviewing contracts can be tedious, challenging, confusing, and flat out exhausting. However, the contract review and negotiation phases of the career search journey are arguably the most crucial steps in the entire job search process. This could set you up for huge financial success early on in your career, or it could keep you stuck at an office where you would rather not work any longer out of fear of breaching your contract. We tend to focus on compensation because it’s easier for us to understand as compared to legalese. However, I would argue that the non-salary contractual items are equally, if not more, important than wages. This article will briefly discuss three non-salary red flag items to be aware of during your contract review.

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8 Financial Mistakes that New Optometrists Make

The average new optometrist graduates at an average age of 28 year old (significantly behind non-OD peers in terms of income generation), with an average student loan debt of over $220,000+, with little or no retirement investments. Often new grad optometrists find themselves practicing in oversaturated cities and most importantly without any formal financial education. This is the perfect storm that often leaves many doctors mentally overwhelmed and prone to devastating financial mistakes. In this article, we will address 8 common financial mistakes that new OD graduates make and how you can avoid them to be financially successful.

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5 Things to Avoid During Your Career Search

We’re well into 2021, which means that we’ve moved past the dreaded year-that-shall-not-be-named and fourth year optometry students are nearing the finish line. The end of the school year means that most OD students have jobs lined up, are in the interview process, or are currently applying to jobs (at least they should be!). In the spirit of beginning the journey that is our optometric careers, the ODs on Finance team and I have come up with a brief article that highlights a few “DO NOTs” of the job search and how to address them.

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The Optometrist’s Guide to Writing a Business Plan

When it comes to building a great business, a business plan is a vital piece of the puzzle. A business plan explicitly explains how a business seeks to go after its mission and how it will utilize its operations to become profitable. Components of your business plan will help you think through problems and arrive at solutions. Alongside this, a well written and convincing business plan will help you obtain funding, bring in additional partners (if applicable) and even get investors.

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Annual Report: 2020

Hello ODs on Finance Family, Well 2020 has surely been a year!  Let’s be honest, we all went into the year 2020 with big expectations – but the so-called Year of the Optometrist had some nasty surprises up its sleeve.  Despite the trials and tribulations that 2020 brought, it also brought important lessons, and the…

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Optometry Job Compensation: Are You Underpaid?

If you follow the ODs on Finance Facebook page, among the great content you may find some disputable topics. Perhaps one of the more controversial issues that plenty of optometrists deal with regularly is compensation. Specifically, many ODs wonder where their financial package falls on the scale of monetary standards, from “You’re Getting Ripped Off” to “I’ll Have My Student Loans Paid Off and Own a Lamborghini In No Time.”

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Contract Review & Career Consulting

Contract Review & Career Consulting Optometric Career Consulting Dr. Chris Lopez O.D has been helping optometry students and young ODs navigate through their career search since he was in optometry school. His goal is to help you get the most out of your job search. Optometry schools do a tremendous job of preparing us for…

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The New Normal – Should Optometry School Tuition be Reduced in Light of Virtual Classes and Reduced Clinic Time?

The coronavirus pandemic has turned our world upside down. Face coverings and hand sanitizer, once foreign objects only wielded by the most righteous germaphobes, have now become a reality and requirement for nearly everyone. In the SF Bay Area, where ODs on Finance’s physical headquarters are located, many large tech companies have adopted a permanent work from home policy – which has lightened morning traffic, allowed many workers to move out of the area into more affordable areas and has undoubtedly reduced overhead cost for these large companies in terms of commercial real estate needs.

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