Lara Goodger has been practicing for over 5 years as a kinesiologist. She recently moved her practice from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley (the wine and culture gem of regional Victoria, Australia). Lara also continues to practice in Melbourne – due to popular demand.
Read on because….
Lara also helps other natural therapists with how to better manage the financial side of their practices.
What is a financial management problem most health practitioners in business have?
Practitioners can really dread even the thought about working through the financial stack of paper. But it’s important to stay up to date with the paperwork on a weekly basis. If the pile builds up, the dread compounds. Plus they have lost sight of how they’re tracking financially: “How much money have I made this week? Are there any suppliers waiting to be paid?”
Any helpful tips for this?
Sit down and decide which way you are going to take control of this side of your business and run with it. There are two main approaches:
- Bite the bullet and learn how to do your books
- I run a coaching service for practitioners (anywhere in Australia), teaching the easiest and most cost-effective way until they build up capital to purchase the more elaborate computerised accounting software.
- Outsource the task
- Find a bookkeeper that you like to do the job for you.
It’s important to know how your business is functioning every day. Not knowing can play on a practitioner’s self esteem and motivation levels.
Onto ‘Lara as practitioner’…
What is Kinesiology?
Kinesiology’s essential tool is ‘muscle testing’ – a handy piece of human wiring that uses the body’s own bio-feedback system to identify imbalances (physical or emotional), their location and underlying causes. These imbalances block the body’s natural innate healing processes. Muscle testing also determines what the body requires in order to do what it is designed to do naturally: heal and self-regulate for optimum health and well being.
Kinesiology has another big health advantage: it is able to access the subconscious mind of the client. When a kinesiologist muscle tests, she is asking the client’s body and/or subconscious mind what the problem is and what it needs to solve the problem. The client doesn’t need to know exactly what is going on – the body and the subconscious already does. So the kinesiologist communicates with them to free the client of physical and emotional blockages.
What is success for you?
- Believing in myself
- I think a successful person is a dreamer who believes in themselves.
- Having the opportunity to coordinate my care with other organisations in the community. Don’t isolate yourself in this work. Get networking and work out how you can help more people, other businesses, other practitioners, associations.
- Contributing back to the natural healthcare industry. I have a background in business accounting and enjoy helping other practitoners with this aspect of their practices.
- Work/life balance
- ‘Work/life balance’ says it all!
- Doing what I love…
- …and being able to financially support myself and my lifestyle from this work.
What are 3 big lessons you have learnt in practice you would like to pass on?
- Invest in a business coach…
- …and make time to work on your business not just in it.
- Surround yourself ONLY with supportive people.
- If you’re in a relationship, married, etc. make sure your partner is as excited about your business and you succeeding as you are! This makes a huge difference on so many levels in your life (emotionally, financially, healthwise, spiritually). If this isn’t happening..guess what you may need to do.
- Self care
- Walk your talk.
Whats been your biggest blunder in practice?
In the early days, I lacked the courage to have those heart-to-heart discussions with clients about the tough issues. Health solutions that was difficult for them to face. Don’t avoid these times. Even if it means loosing the client. It’s best for everyone and for the greater good.
Practicing: Yarra Valley & Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Member: AIK & ATMS