29 Aug 2013
After a lovely week away with little to do but turn boats over and play with children the real world has made a distinct change this week.
While we were away we had no mobile signal hence no internet. I thought I’d better check what my start time for Tuesday was going to be and the diary’s online so I made the most of a trip to Hay to check. Diary says 8:30 start. Hurrah. Message sent to childcare re starting at 7:30. Done. It’s Bank Holiday weekend no-one else will get booked in will they?
Got to work on Tuesday at 8:20. Opened the computer and pottered around getting notes and that ready. At 8:25 I noticed that there’s a patient in at 8:00. Not only that but a private self-payer (as opposed to an insurance based patient) – in other words the type of patient that you don’t want to annoy. The rest of my morning was full. Aargh! Apparently he met the boss at a “do” on Saturday night and she booked him in without letting me know.
He knew he was going to get 30 minutes so I had to give him that. The next patient was also unhappy that I was late and the one after that too. Not fun.
Then yesterday I was starting at 8:30 and arrived to a message that she’d “forgot”. So a waste of an hour. And this morning my first patient has cancelled a mere 30 minutes before her appointment. So I’m sitting here fed up. Grr. That’s 2 hours so far this week where I could be home with the kids and 2 hours less childcare to pay for.
11 Jun 2013
So I’m starting that 5th job on Thursday this week. My diary is very full.
The place looks good and it’s in a posh gym so I get free membership for me (hopefully a decent discount off family membership too) and it’s easily cyclable (cycleable?) which is a bonus.
04 Jun 2013
Now this is a turn up for the books and no mistake, gor blimey.
Someone at a local city clinic has gone and left. This leaves them short of a body for some hours a week. The boss contacted my boss at Ashbourne (and elsewhere) to see if she knew of anyone looking for more hours. Well my name was given and she phoned me yesterday.
So in short. A direct competitor (who knows that I work independently in the city) is asking me to come and work for her – at least in principle, we have a meeting due on Thursday to see if it’s something both of us want to do. The times are Thursday afternoons (when I can’t use my clinic room anyway) and Tuesday pm. This would leave me only Monday and Thursday mornings (and weekends) when I can be at my own place. At the moment that’s not a massive issue as I’m really not very busy there.
But what do I do?
Assuming she’s happy for me to work there the options are:
- Do it and keep my own place going. Means paying for a room I can only use for a small part of the week.
- Do it and drop my place. Happier for the new clinic and will mean less stress and outlay for me but also means that I don’t have my own place.
Also, assuming I start there, there are other issues:
I’d be working evenings from Tuesday to Friday with Friday being my earliest return home at around 7pm. Do I drop the Pilates classes in Ashbourne? Less travelling certainly but also less income. Do I drop Ashbourne entirely? I love working there, the people are fabulous and they’ve been very good to me. My hours there on a Friday I can do at another place so the only money I’d be missing would be the 3 Pilates groups. Dropping these would be sad but would give me a chance to get some running in Derby. This seems the most likely route. But then I will need to do 3 months of probation at the new place so I can’t really give up anything until that’s completed. Would be a hard 3 months for me and R.
Tricky innit? Not that I’m complaining too much – nice to be offered more work.
25 Feb 2013
I went to a cash machine today for the usual reason. Whilst there a woman said to me:
“Excuse me are you a physio?”
“Thought so I’ve been on your website.”
Excellent. “Do you need any physio?”
04 Feb 2013
Hi all. I’m just looking at getting my work website up the rankings a bit and one of the wotsits they suggest is getting people to link to said website. Here’s a linky then:
Feel free to clicky and even copy the link somewhere if you like. I know the site’s not great but it’s being worked on too. If anyone has any other ideas of stuff to tweak to get me higher up google then feel free to point me at it.
26 Oct 2012
Whee! I have just been offered a job in Nottingham doing Occupational Health physio for one of the universities (one day per week). Regular work and income puts me on a very sound wicket in terms of overall income. Really quite pleased.
10 Oct 2012
So far this month I’ve gone from one Pilates class weekly to running four per week (three at the mo, 1 more starting in November), patients have started coming through the door and feedback has been pretty good if I say so myself. All those Pilates classes are not in Derby so I should be able to find a venue and punters locally as well quite soon.
Fingers remain firmly crossed but the signs seem good so far.
29 Sep 2012
It’s certainly been an odd month. Work is coming is dribs and drabs. Some from other places some via google ads and the website. Organising stuff seems to take much longer than I expected. To get on google places takes at least a fortnight but at least I should be on the front page map if you google for “physio derby” now. Ads are expensive but at least you can track them to see how many clicks you’re getting.
Now I’ve finally got my business cards too. Took far too long via a major net based printer so will try elsewhere next time.
And then we come to payment systems. Urgh. At the moment I’m stuck with cash or cheque (or bank transfer I suppose) because getting a decent card payment system seems to take an age. It’s all ongoing but if anyone can point out a very good one that doesn’t need a card machine then I’d be very grateful.
But fingers are crossed. Early patients have particularly liked the stuff I always felt was missing from existing services (the use of video, more information than they’ve ever had before, more time for appointments etc) so I’m hoping word of mouth (and judicious spreading of further business cards) will bring a few more to me.
The surgeons who own the place now want me to do their website for them instead of charging me rent for the first month. Not sure that’s a great deal for me as the rent is very low at the mo but at least I can link the sites so we could get some cross-traffic. And to be honest I’m not rushed off my feet quite yet.
All terribly exciting.
08 Sep 2012
As in many professions there is a journal for physios in the UK. At the back there are job adverts etc.
One of these in the most recent one stuck out somewhat.
“An opportunity has come up for a passionate, proactive physio…”
It’s in Derby too, great. But nowhere in the ad does it mention which clinic it is. Hmm.
“A sense of humour is non-negotiable”
Oh dear. This is up there with the “I work hard, but I play hard” school of thought only ever mentioned by morons. Whenever anyone says sense of humour important you know that their sense of humour is going to be rubbish. It’s like a manager saying “Now I like a laugh like anybody and we all have a bit of fun” you just know instantly that they will then insist on tedious tick-box management.
Ok so far so bad. Next bit:
Hours required will be mainly evenings and Saturday mornings.
So the rubbish hours then?
And to finish:
Please email a CV, motivational cover letter and a photograph to:
CV I get. What the hell is a “motivational cover letter”? Can you imagine the screeds stuffed with key words that people will be sending in? Horrendous.
And a photograph? Isn’t that generally frowned upon? What do they need that for? To pick a pretty, thin and sporty young female physio? To weed out the fatties and munters? Really not best practice at best, opening themselves up to discrimination claims at worst.
The final bit is the email address which is none other than:
27 Aug 2012
Right we’re up and running now.
www.friargatephysiotherapy.co.uk is my new business’ website. It’s on twitter n’all (@friargatephysio) .
Could people have a look and give me some constructive feedback? The more the merrier. It’ll be very useful, cheers.
Now how do I get bumped up google and bing and etc? Feel free to search for physios in Derby, on Friar Gate, etc and click. Doesn’t that zoom people up the rankings?
Any advertising or search engine optimising tricks gratefully accepted.
If anyone local wants a free physio assessment in the next couple of weeks then do let me know as I need to test my systems (notes, camera stuff etc).
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