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Medical Financial Planning: 5 Steps Every Health Professional Should Know

Legislation, tax obligations and other compliance issues can be tricky, and just because you’re good at your job, doesn’t mean you immediately understand everything there is to running a business. If you’re a medical professional who wants to take control of their financial future, these 5 steps can put you on the path to success.

1. Develop your strategic plan

A strategic plan is a step-by-step outline of what you need to do to get from where you are to where you want to be. Whether you already own your own practice, are looking to start your own practice, or just want more forward momentum in your career, developing a strategic plan should be your first port of call in planning for the future.

In medical practice, there are a number of industry specific considerations that go into creating a good strategic plan. Here are some key jumping off points to help get you started.

How motivated are you?

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You might dream of taking the next step, but do you actually have the motivation to do it? Running your own practice or expanding your business offers a number of rewards like:

  • More control over your lifestyle
  • Higher earnings
  • Increased wealth building

But to get there you’ll need to be realistic about the mental challenges you’ll face along the way. Don’t be overly optimistic. Write down your motivations for wanting to achieve your goal, as well as any challenges you might face to that.

What new skills will you need?

Just because you’re a great doctor doesn’t mean you know how to run a business. What do you know about:

As you grow your business you’ll get more opportunity to employ people to take on these tasks, but it pays to at least be open to knowing more about these subjects. As part of your strategic plan, write down what you know about running a business, and which areas you’ll need to work on.

Industry understanding

The medical industry is always in flux. Tax concessions and obligations, legislation, insurance and changes in technology can all impact how your business runs. How up to date are you on industry changes and standards? Also how willing are you to stay ahead of the curve? Write down what you know about the industry, what you need to know more about, and how you’re going to get there.

2. Recruit an accountant with industry experience

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The average accountant in your neighbourhood might provide sound advice for an average salary earner. However with the unique opportunities, incentives and pitfalls of medical industry taxation you’re better off in the long run recruiting an accountant who specialises in medical tax law.

Philip Mawkes from Medfin points to the fact that a specialised accountant will do more than just your taxes:

“A specialist accountant can help you develop a year-round strategy for managing tax effectively. That includes planning for and managing the second and third year ‘tax blues’, where two years of tax liability become due in the same period.”

3. Protect your income

Anyone who’s been around the medical industry for any given amount of time knows that fortunes can change seemingly overnight. Prolonged illness can reduce your income, and there are other factors to consider as well. Step 3 in planning for the long term future of your medical practice or career is to investigate income protection. The type of policy you need will largely depend on your aims and career moves, so consider your options carefully.

4. Build and execute your business plan

Regardless of your career moves and goals, building and executing a business plan is the best way to track your success. In step 1 you created a strategic plan so you could understand what you wanted to achieve. In the business plan, you put those goals into action. Some elements of your business plan could include:

  • Bringing in more doctors and industry professions
  • Creating cash flow projections
  • Taking out a loan
  • Leasing or purchasing new equipment or a new premises
  • Sourcing the right IT providers
  • Marketing, referrals and building your client base
  • Paperwork and compliance
  • Tax requirements
  • Accreditations

Consult with the professionals

Regardless of your career trajectory, the best policy is to start planning early. Talk to industry professionals that can help you find the best way to secure your future. Minimise your tax burden, take control of your business plan and make the most of your expertise by consulting with the experts in medical industry financial management. MEDIQ Financial’s team of industry experts are ready to help you. Contact us today and let us help you put your 5 step plan into action.

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