Before putting an ad in the paper, think about whether you’re really ready to become a boss. If a solo practice provides you with a comfortable living and an enjoyable lifestyle, you might want to stay a one-person shop.

Be realistic about your personality and skill set. Being your own boss is one thing; having an employee to manage is another. Can you delegate, supervise and motivate? Being a boss comes with a lot of responsibility, financial and otherwise, and the trade-off of more business might not be worth it.

But if you’re confident the rewards would outweigh the responsibilities, start thinking about your specific needs.

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