If you are starting a group practice or running one already, something that you have to decide upon is whether to hire 1099 independent contractors or employees. Many clinicians start out by saying they will hire independent contractors, as you don’t have to pay towards unemployment taxes and social security and Medicare and there is a sense of freedom on everyone’s part. Many new business owners are afraid of being in charge of a group of clinicians, and rightfully so, as most of us don’t receive any business experience prior to starting our practices (one of the things I would change if I owned a graduate school in the social service field-to require business courses in case counselors or social workers decide to work in private practice).
Maureen Werrbach is a psychotherapist, group practice owner and group practice coach. Learn more about her coaching services here:LEARN MORE HERE