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How to Use Profit First to Pay Down Debt

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I’m here today to show you how to pay down your debt faster. First, you have to take stock of the debt you do have and categorize it into categories called “good debt” and “bad debt.” Bad debt is high-interest debt like credit card loans, lines of credit, and student loans. Good debt is real estate loans or private practice loans. These loans are for a longer time period and have better interest rates.

Now, you have to decide which bad debt you’re going to eradicate first!

Also, make sure you have a profit savings account and that you’re allocating a percentage to each week. I have a video on YouTube that can help you if you’re unsure of how to do this! The best way to handle this is to stretch yourself as much as you can handle. It would help to financially plan out each month so that you’re able to take care of yourself while tackling that debt. Bad debt is what you want to go after first because of the bad...

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Disclosing the Truth

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When you want to tell a patient about the state of their oral health, what do you do? Most dentists use a disclosing tool to tell patients the truth about their oral health because these disclosing tools are designed to help the patient understand what exactly is going on and then take control of their dental health.

It’s pretty common sense to most of us that patients really do want to know how their oral health is–even if it is poor–because they want to be able to find solutions and get healthy again. However, many dentists are afraid to go through the work of assessing their practice’s financial health, because they don’t really want to see the truth. They would prefer to keep their heads in the sand, even though they long for more profitable outcomes. This is where the profit first for dentists model comes into play. 

I know that it can be nerve-wracking to turn on the lightbulb and see what’s really going on financially...

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Interview with Dan Romance

For this week’s blog, I wanted to share my interview with Dan Romance who has worked with the TSP Family Office for 14 years. The TSP Family Office coaches dentists on how to make the best financial choices for themselves throughout their dentistry careers. TSP’s bottom line is that they want to help dentists reduce their taxes – not just for this year’s tax season, but for the rest of their lives.

 

Watch our interview to hear more about how TSP helps their clients and the ways in which putting profit first can help both you and your clients.

 

You can learn more about my website here: https://www.profitfirstdentist.com/ 

 

And Dan’s: https://tspfamilyoffice.com/ 

 

I look forward to seeing where your career takes you.


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The Profit First Solution

How would you answer the question, “Why isn’t my dental practice profitable enough?”

Many people would say the reason they aren’t profitable enough is that they aren’t growing enough. This is a natural assumption, but I would argue that equating profits with growth is an old formula. To truly grow your profits you have to know your profitability. When you have no idea what your profitability is, however, or what services or benefit plans you provide that are profitable–that’s a problem.

The solution? Take your profit first.

You need to operate under a new formula of Sales - Profits = Expenses, instead of Sales - Expenses = Profits. This new way of doing business will challenge you because you have to totally rethink how you’re doing business, but the challenge will be worth it in the end. You’ll need to be resourceful, honest with yourself, and ready to stop doing things that aren’t helping your profitability. But when you...

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How to Increase Practice Value

Every dentist I speak with who owns their practice has high hopes of paying off their debts someday and then selling the practice. Paying off debt not only releases a tremendous amount of stress off their shoulders but there is also another reason for wanting to sell their practice. The sale of a practice is a boost to the retirement fund and most owner dentists depend on that money to see them through in their later years, allowing them to enjoy retirement with little to no stress! 

 

Unfortunately, the ADA reports that the value of dental practices has been decreasing. Coupling that with the fact that the dentist retirement age is increasing means that dentists are working into their later years. Working later in life many times also means working at a bit of a slower pace. Now, this is not an ideal situation for most who want to work hard to later enjoy their retirement.  

 

When the income and profits decrease, the value of the practice also decreases....

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A Big Mistake Some Dentists Make

I have the privilege of providing business coaching for dentists from all over the country. Over time, I’ve been able to identify some common misconceptions about running a dentistry practice that may seem intuitive, but in fact lead to counterproductive practices.

When you’re running a busy practice, time is your most valuable asset. But many dentists feel that in order to sustain and grow their business, they need to spend their time continually producing more and more dentistry while neglecting business management. Sometimes, dentists become so overwhelmed by the numbers that they simply abdicate the financial responsibilities to someone else. It may seem counterintuitive, but taking time to understand the core elements of your business is essential to sustainable growth.

Think about it. If you don’t have a grasp of what’s happening financially at the most basic levels of your practice, you won’t be able to make critical decisions that affect your...

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The Business of Owning a Practice – GAAP

Hey everyone! Thank you for sticking around with me for the last video of this series!

Are you a small business and/or a dentist that is in need of keeping your profit? Are you struggling a bit financially? It can be hard to navigate finances as a dentist with the way taxes are. Well, today’s topic is to help you find the resources you need to profit first.

Today we are going to be talking all about GAAP: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. GAAP was created for accountants to follow when reporting their business client’s income to the government. An equation that accountants still use today is: sales - expenses = profits. Therefore, the business has sales that collect the money that is needed to pay all of the bills. Afterward, the business owners get to keep what is left. Unfortunately, small business owners and dentists do not always get to keep the profit that they wish to have or deserve. This is where Profit First for Dentists is available to help you and your...

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The Business of Owning a Practice - Expenses

So many dentists that I talk with seem to be asking the same question: where is all the money going?

They’re working hard, getting new clients, and feel like things are going well, and yet, at the end of each month, their profits are not increasing. To make things more difficult, many dentists can feel overwhelmed or confused by their Chart of Accounts. If that sounds like you, don’t worry–you are not alone! I’d encourage you to take a step back, breathe, and work on organizing just one part of your Chart of Accounts. Today, I want to help you organize your expenses, which really fall under 2 major categories and a few subcategories.

 

The two types of expenses that your dental practice has are: Fixed Expenses and Variable Expenses.

 

A Fixed Expense is an expense where the dollar amount you’re spending each month does not change, but the percentage of the expense in collections will vary. Fixed Expenses include:

  1. Team Compensation
  2. Occupancy...
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Business of Owning a Practice - Growth

It’s a given that all dental practices will be consistently trying to increase their number of new patients. Most dentists I encounter would say that for a dental practice, growth can be defined by an increase in patient numbers. However, I want to suggest that from a profitability standpoint, this may not be the best way to measure growth.

 

The way I see it, true growth in a dental practice is related more to an increase in profits, rather than an increase in new patients. Sometimes these two things go hand-in-hand, but I have seen too many dental practices begin to rapidly increase patient numbers only to find that their profits are remaining nearly the same, despite the increased time and effort they are pouring into their practice.

 

Think about it this way–what does it take to accept a new patient and care for them well over time? Large increases in patient numbers often lead to hiring new staff, purchasing more or new equipment and tools, and bigger...

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Business of Owning a Practice - Benefit Plans

This week we are talking all about dealing with benefit plans in your dental practice. You can watch the video here!

There are many coaches and consultants out there who specifically work with dentists to figure out how to deal with benefit plans. I believe that no matter what approach they’re coming from, they are all doing good, valuable work that can work for different practices. However, my approach comes from a profitability stance because the Profit First system is what I am trained and certified in.

I believe that any good business decision can be made only by looking at the data. It does take work to determine what data is really true data, but once you are able to determine what your cash flow is, you can begin to make decisions that will increase your profitability. To begin making good analysis of benefit plans and making educated decisions about how to deal with them, you need to determine if your cash flow is sufficient, and if not, how to increase it by...

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