So you want to open your own private squat, do you?

First things first – if you are going to succeed with a private squat (and I mean really succeed) you will need:

  • £250,000 to get to the ribbon cutting stage
  • £150,000 working capital for the first three years
  • Work 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, work harder then you have ever worked
  • Become an expert on finance, marketing, customer service, treatment co-ordination, sales, clinical ops, non-clinical ops and HR
  • Make sure you can expand to 4 surgeries in time
  • Keep on taking clinical skills development courses
  • Sell the right products
  • Hire the right people
  • Get the right advisors
  • Visit with other dentists who have walked this path
  • Expect to take a low income for the first 4 years – then it will start paying you back

That’s before we look at location and determine whether the proposed practice is in the right area.
Are you ready for that journey?


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.