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  • July 22, 2015 at 1:06 pm
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    Hi Miranda,
    I enjoyed the entire series! Now my questions to you is: did you charge the same rate for phone sessions? How did you charge them for emergencies since they weren’t physically in the office? Did you keep a credit card on file? How many emergencies did you allow yourself to handle on your off days? I am excited about launching my practice (November or December) and I will probably be working just one day per week (Saturdays). But I have a lot of down time when I’m driving, so this could possibly work as a time to talk…

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    • July 23, 2015 at 11:27 am
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      Seida,

      For me- an hour of time is an hour of time. My marketing expenses don’t change, and I still need an office of some kind. I had to decide how to make it fair and to feel amazing working with each client. Every client had a credit card on file as I progressed my practice- so if they didn’t show- they knew their credit card would be charged for the session. As far as emergencies, I did my best to handle whatever came up within my life. That might mean when my hubby got home from work I would respond, or while my son was taking a nap I would respond. If appropriate, I might even do some brief text responses to let the client know I wasn’t in a private place to talk, and when we could chat, or make a brief recommendation or referral. Usually it was as simple as reminding them to practice a skill we had learned in session that they had forgotten to use in the moment. I never had an emergency so great that I felt like I needed to drop everything and get a sitter.

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