Seven ways: Thrive as an independent

The challenge for independent opticians is spending all their time working in their business rather than working on their business. SightCare CEO John French, a business support organisation for independent optical practices, describes seven ways to help independent business owners thrive

1 Spend time thinking

Regularly take time out to stop and think. If your practice is to develop, you must make this as much of a priority as any other task that needs to be done. One way to do this is to dedicate a set time each week when you won’t be disturbed. Take out a pad of paper and pen and just stop. Empty your head and write down any thoughts or ideas that occur to you.

2 Keep learning

Sharpen your skills. Learn new ideas and approaches to make you more effective and efficient at work. A day out of the practice to sharpen your skills is investing in yourself. It is admitting that you are worth it, that you still have things to learn and that you can get better. It is an investment in yourself, your career and your practice.

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