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Career Talk: How do I start my own small consulting business?
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01/27/06 03:59 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    How do I start my own small consulting business?
gemini7
2 Posts

Registered Dietitian

I am a registered dietitian, and have education to the masters level. I am interested in starting a very small, nutrition consulting business of my own (just in my neighborhood, and/or at fitness centers and/or online). How do I go about starting this? I'd like to offer at home visits, group educations at local rec centers, and/or online consulting. I'd like to start out surveying the community to see what sort of nutrition counseling is needed...and then go from there (but am interested in a variety of nutrition issues). I'm sure I'll have to renew my license yearly, but aside from that, how much do you bill or is it up to you? Can you work with insurance companies to provide these services? How do I protect myself (malpractice insurance,?)? I am having trouble finding this information...on how to branch out individually and not be part of a hospital, or large company. Thanks!

01/27/06 05:09 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: How do I start my own small consulting business?
jackie50
296 Posts
dillingham AK
Registered Dietitian


    Posted by gemini7:
    I am a registered dietitian, and have education to the masters level. I am interested in starting a very small, nutrition consulting business of my own (just in my neighborhood, and/or at fitness centers and/or online). How do I go about starting this? I'd like to offer at home visits, group educations at local rec centers, and/or online consulting. I'd like to start out surveying the community to see what sort of nutrition counseling is needed...and then go from there (but am interested in a variety of nutrition issues). I'm sure I'll have to renew my license yearly, but aside from that, how much do you bill or is it up to you? Can you work with insurance companies to provide these services? How do I protect myself (malpractice insurance,?)? I am having trouble finding this information...on how to branch out individually and not be part of a hospital, or large company. Thanks!

If you are a memeber of the American Dietetic Assoc the Consulting Dietitian Practice Group can help you with all your questions. The ADA also has information on malpractice insurance and group health insurance if you choose to solo.

01/27/06 05:57 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    is it recommended?
gemini7
2 Posts

Registered Dietitian

would you recommend doing such a thing on a part-time basis...this would be a very small neighborhood business...is it worth the trouble? it seems like it would be so easy that everyone would be doing it and i am missing something...? thanks!

01/28/06 04:45 PM | Edit ReplyReply   |    RE: is it recommended?
JLT327
5 Posts

Registered Dietitian


    Posted by gemini7:
    would you recommend doing such a thing on a part-time basis...this would be a very small neighborhood business...is it worth the trouble? it seems like it would be so easy that everyone would be doing it and i am missing something...? thanks!

YES!!!!! I have been in private practice almost 4 years and I have found that it is a good idea to keep a stable part-time or consulting job as steady income while in private practice. Insurances reimburse very little for a visit with the dietitian and they usually only pay for clients with Diabetes. Also, I find that you really need the support of your local Physician's to refer clients becuase most people are not looking for a licensed professional to help counsel them, they are more inclined to look for a quick fix. It's also a shame that with all the training and expertise you may have as a licensed professional, some clients don't see that or respect the profession enough to pay for the services provided. We also see this refelected in the low salaries of Dietitans. Private practice is very rewarding (I love my profession), but you need to keep something to fall back on when income is slow and lots of patience. Good Luck!!!!!

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