At a recent on-line presentation, I was asked about the costs and use of accounting software. Bearing in mind the presentation was to consultants who had not yet established a private practice, numerous eyebrows were raised when I answered…
You may not need it yet.
This does not mean accounting software is unnecessary. Some private practices do need a software package and there are some fine software packages out there. They are cost efficient too. MHM works, very successfully, with many of them too.
But for those seeing say 10 or 12 patients a week use MS Excel or Apple Numbers and an online diary. MHM has clients for whom it raises invoices on Excel and uses the same to run a sales/debtors ledger.
The sales ledger – once password protected – can be sent either to the client and/or the client’s accountant.
If a private practice is a business – and it is – then you MUST keep an eye on all costs.
It’s always useful to ask yourself the question: am I paying for something I don’t actually need?