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Work from home

If you are a private Physical Therapist, you have a lot of freedom when choosing a location to run your business out of. You can either rent space in a clinic or a gym, you can share space with other people in the medical field, or you can even have people visit you at a home office. There are pros and cons to each of these approaches that you should evaluate before you decide what is best for you!

When most Physical Therapists start their career, they use a home office as an office. It is cost effective and allows some tax write-offs to be claimed.

The advantages of seeing clients at a home include:
  • tax advantages
  • convenience
  • no commuting time
  • no transportation costs
  • no commuter stress
  • flexible work hours and ability to accommodate last minute appointments
  • low overhead and control of expenses (e.g. rent, utilities)
  • increased and easier interaction with family
  • easier to adjust the use of your time if a client cancels
  • depending on your location your home office may be more convenient for your client
The disadvantages of consulting with clients in a home practice may include:
  • may be perceived as less professional by clients and colleagues
  • the difficulty of separating your work life from your personal life
  • disruptions from family and friends
  • temptation to overwork or work longer hours
  • depending on the layout of living space, may be difficult to provide client with privacy by having a separate entrance and exit
  • isolation from colleagues
Physio123 recommend the following suggestions to make your home office experience a more positive one for yourself and your patients:
  • The ideal home practice situation is an area completely separate from your living quarter with a separate entrance and toilet facilities. A converted basement, garage or an office adjoining a house with an outside entrance are often ideal to get started.
  • A separate home office gives you the privacy you need and cuts down on disruptions from others when returning phone calls, writing patient notes, or doing general office administration.
  • Confidentiality is crucial and having a separate office with locked client files.
  • A home office that is well-lit, with mood-enhancing colours, that is tidy and furnished with comfortable furniture will help to create the therapeutic atmosphere for you and your clients and create the image of professionalism required.
  • A separate business phone line is essential if you live with others. A cordless phone or headset is helpful when you outside of your home office and in some other part of your home.

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