May 30, 2016

What’s the worth of a CFP ®? – Financially Simple

In a meeting this last week, a client asked me, “How can I measure the worth of a financial planner?” This client is a very knowledgeable and informed client, trying to understand a quantitative measurement for the hiring of a wealth manager.  This question resulted in an intense research for quantitative measuring tools.  Here is what I discovered…. What you don’t know can definitely hurt…especially when it comes to comprehensive wealth and retirement planning. That’s why working with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ could make all the difference in the world. Here’s how  CFP’s® are making a difference for those that choose to work hand in hand with one. According to a recent survey, of those that are within 15 years of retirement, a whooping 76% are stressed when it comes to their savings and investments. However, those working with a CFP® aren’t experiencing the same lack of confidence. With and Without Investors Confident with plan Happy with plan With an advisor 91% 92% Without an advisor 44% 44% Not only are those that work with an advisor stressing less about their future, they’re also seeing higher returns on their investments. While past performance is not indicative of future results, I found […]
March 28, 2016

So you want to buy a dental office?

March 13, 2016
Top 4 things young dentist need to know when buying a dental practice

Top 4 things young dentist need to know when buying a dental practice

Top 4 things young dentist need to know when buying a dental practice If you’re a young dentist looking for your own practice, there are many things to consider before you buy. Here are four: Is your personality compatible with that of the selling dentist? At first blush it may seem irrelevant whether your personalities mesh. After all, you will be in charge, and they will be riding off into the sunset. What’s the issue? The issue is that your new practice will have been built around someone else’s personality. Whether they are dominant or passive, outgoing or introverted, both your patients and your employees will be accustomed to working with that type. If your patients are comfortable being told firmly what they need to do, they may not like being presented with a range of choices. And don’t forget that it’s expensive to lose patients. Not only do you waste the significant money you spent on your patient list in the first place; you are also looking at increased marketing costs to bring in new patients. The same holds true for your employees. If they have been pretty much left alone to do their jobs for the past decade […]
March 12, 2016
first year of your new dental practice

Surviving the first year of your new dental practice

Surviving the first year of your new dental practice Young dentists know a lot about teeth—taking care of them, repairing them, making them look beautiful. What these young professionals don’t know a lot about is running a successful business. If this describes you, don’t worry; help is available!! Let’s say you’re fresh out of residency and you just bought your own practice. (Finding and purchasing a dental practice is another process you shouldn’t tackle without guidance; we go into the details here). Heritage Investors has helped many young dentists get off on the right foot. You don’t need to wade into the business world without guidance, and there’s no reason why you should. Your new practice: Year 1. Your first year in business won’t just be about taking care of teeth; that will be the easy part. That first year will also be a crash course in business: planning, budgeting, accounting, tax strategies, patient relations, employee relations. We won’t turn you into an accountant, but we’ll make sure you’re comfortable around a spreadsheet. We won’t turn you into a diplomat, but you’ll come out of the experience better able to get along with the people around you. Here are a […]