Biggest Decisions Dentists Will Have to Make
By Kevin Brady, OMNI Practice Group
As a dentist, you worked hard to build a successful dental practice. This has often meant putting in long hours, dealing with staff turnover, insurance hassles, ongoing CE requirements, and economic issues. Everything about the practice has been on your shoulders, along with having a good life balance outside the practice. Then comes that day when you want to transition the practice and retire.
Transitioning the practice is probably one of the biggest decisions a dentist will make in their career. Deciding on whether to transition the practice to a partner, associate, a new dentist, or corporate dentistry, you will need expert help to make the right decision.
Developing a plan
Having a plan that is 6-8 years out from transitioning the practice will allow you to maximize the fruits of your labor. Most dentists should consult experienced and reputable practice transition advisors who specialize in dental practice transactions. Having the practice transition consultant explain the practice valuation process can show you your practice’s true worth. This will allow you to develop a plan that meets with your goals of when you want to transition the practice and what you want the practice to be worth. This will allow the practice transition consultant to advise you on possible strategies to maintain or increase the value of the practice, ensuring that your practice is ready to transition when you are. Many dentists wait “too long” to develop a plan and make decisions to slow down as they get closer to a retirement date or they may add new overhead or make other business decisions that could have a huge negative impact on the value of the practice.
Consider all possible options
Developing a plan early will allow you to compare different possible options to transition the practice. Explore all the different options with your practice transition advisor and pick the one that is right for you and your professional reputation and legacy.
Finding the right buyer
Finding the right buyer that is financially qualified to buy the practice is the most important process of the transition process. Working with your practice transition advisor and their banking partners will allow you to identify the most qualified candidates to negotiate a final deal. Using an expert practice transition advisor will help to maximize the value of your practice and make for a smooth transition.
Finalizing the deal
Once you have a qualified buyer and an offer for the practice, the offer must be reviewed with your attorney and accountant before you accept to make sure that you are protected and know the tax implication of the sale. This will provide you with expert guidance that all your personal financial affairs are in order and you are sufficiently funded for your retirement.
Transitioning of the practice
Developing a transition plan with your transition practice advisor and the new buyer is critical for a smooth transition. A plan must be in place to ensure patients and staff retention. Most dental practice transitions require a transition time commitment from the seller. Make sure you work with your transition practice advisor to identify a time commitment that fits with your exit time frames. This transition time frame is an essential process in providing the buyer with a comprehensive understanding of the day to day operations of your practice.
Practice Transitions Buying or Selling a practice
If you are thinking about transitioning your practice now or within 8 years, you should seek professional help. Selling or buying a practice can have complex processes and numerous legal, financial, and tax implications.
OMNI Practice Group is one of the experts in the industry helping dentists for over 15 years, with developing plans for adding associates, developing transition plans, and selling or buying a dental practice and real estate.
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Patients seek out their dentist professionals for help when they need it, dentists should also seek out the use of experts in assisting them with all their transitioning needs.
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