Last week, I shared a list of the software I use in my practice (link in case you missed it).
After I sent it, I realized that it was missing some context. I have been in practice for more than 15 years. Things have gotten more complex now that I'm teaching classes and hosting Monday Mentoring. Also, I like to play around with new tech stuff. It's fun for me.
If you are just starting out or if you like to keep things simple, you absolutely do not need lots of software to have a successful practice.
If I were starting a clinical practice with a truly teeny tiny budget, here's what I'd do:
- Create a 1-page website with Carrd ($19/year)
- Buy a domain and email hosting through NameCheap or similar (~$30/year; optional/if $ allows)
- Set up scheduling and payments through TidyCal (one-time fee of $29)
- Send forms via email or using Google Forms or similar (check HIPAA compliance/sign BAA if needed)
- Use MailerLite or similar newsletter service (most newsletter services are free up to 1000 subscribers; beyond that MailerLite or SendFox are the most affordable)
- Use social media, youtube and/or spotify for podcasters to share content if desired (pick one/free)
- Skip everything else
There isn't a right way to do this.
You get to do what works for you, your clients, and your budget.
Do not feel pressured to scale up/buy more stuff/etc just because other people are. Wait until you see the need in your own practice, and then pick a tool that meets that need if one is available