Affordable, accessible healthcare is often difficult to find in the United States. With primary care physicians working only office hours and a lack of other options, more people are turning to emergency rooms for their after-hours medical needs—resulting in ER waiting rooms packed with people who simply need regular, non-emergency care.
One way to alleviate this problem is through urgent care facilities that provide quality medical care for situations that are not emergencies. Indeed, this has been a thriving business model, and at American Family Care, we have taken that business model and turned it into a franchise that works all over the country.
Take a look at these 4 steps to starting an urgent care franchise, and see how AFC can help you get started.
Step 1: Get Trained
Training is an essential part of any career. However, when people want to start a business they often do so without any training or experience. Many of our franchise owners have no experience either as business owners or in the medical field—they are simply hard-working who want to work for themselves and build a business that matters.
At AFC, we know that the ideal business owner may have only worked in a corporate setting, so training is an essential part of our program. Learning the skills to manage the office, find qualified staff, and understand the basics of the medical profession is essential to owning a business that works.
Step 2: Find Your Location
In order to provide accessible care to the community, urgent care must be in a location that is visible and easy to find. Finding the optimal location for a franchise is one of the most important decisions you can make, so take your time to find the right place.
Look for a location with regular traffic patterns, easy-to-navigate surrounding roads, and plenty of parking. Choosing a site that is not too close to competition is also a good choice, as other urgent care businesses too close to yours can hurt your business.
Step 3: Hire Qualified Staff
Owning a healthcare franchise means that you cannot hire just anyone off the street to provide quality care to your patients. Finding compassionate, qualified doctors, nurses, and office staff is essential to building a business. That’s why we help our franchisees with quality training and ongoing support to ensure that they are making smart hiring decisions.
Step 4: Open for Business
Once you have staffed your location, it is time to open for business! Providing quality care to your community can be incredibly fulfilling. Not only do urgent care franchises provide a valuable service by providing an alternative to emergency rooms, they almost always faster and more affordable for the patient.
Investing in an urgent care franchise creates a meaningful career for a number of reasons. For one thing, working for yourself creates a satisfying sense of independence that can come from nowhere else. For another, giving a healthcare option to your community provides an essential service that can come from almost no other source.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this meaningful, satisfying, and exciting opportunity, get in touch with us!