Purchasing a practice as a first-time buyer

Dental Accountants Scotland's Victoria Forbes explores the pros and cons of dental practice ownership for first-time buyers, highlighting the potential rewards and challenges

01 July, 2024 / editorial
 Victoria Forbes / Dental Accountants Scotland  

Venturing into practice ownership for the first time can be a thrilling yet daunting experience. For first-time buyers, the decision to buy a dental practice comes with its unique set of pros and cons. With experience of more than 150 practice purchases and sales, we are uniquely positioned to support.

One of the most significant advantages is the potential for financial independence. Owning a practice allows you to directly benefit from your hard work, offering a chance to build equity and enjoy greater control over your income.

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Additionally, ownership can provide a sense of stability and the freedom to implement your own vision for patient care and practice management.

However, these benefits come with considerable challenges. The financial burden of purchasing a practice can be substantial.

It involves not only the initial purchase price but also ongoing costs such as maintenance, staff salaries, and supplies. This can put a strain on personal finances, especially if the practice does not generate the expected revenue in the initial months.

Another major consideration is the level of responsibility. As an owner, you are accountable for all aspects of the business, from compliance with regulations to managing staff and ensuring patient satisfaction. This can be overwhelming, particularly for those who are new to the business side of dentistry.

Furthermore, market conditions play a crucial role. In the current climate, where demand remains high and goodwill prices are firm, securing a good deal can be competitive.

This means first-time buyers need to be well-prepared and seek advice from professionals to navigate the complexities involved.

While buying a dental practice can pave the way for professional growth and financial rewards, it is not without hurdles. Prospective buyers should weigh these factors carefully and seek expert guidance to make informed decisions. The journey to ownership is challenging, but with the right preparation and support, it can also be immensely rewarding.

If you’d like to chat about your own ambitions towards practice ownership do get in touch for a no obligation discussion and insight.


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Victoria Forbes

Director, Dental Accountants Scotland
E: victoria@dentalaccountantscotland.co.uk

Tags: Business / Buying / Practice / Purchases

Categories: Professional Focus

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