Now we all know there is no such thing as a perfect pharmacy. Every business has its strengths and weaknesses both good points and bad points. But have you ever dreamt of what your business could become if you really pushed it and pushed yourself? Have you ever been bold enough to dream of what is possible, and taken on a goal that scares you?
Soon it will come to my favourite time of the year.
A time when I can stop for a while and reflect on the year I have had. I have a moment every year on Christmas Day when I stop and take in what is happening. The kids are excited, the family is happy, food is on the table and all I can see are all the smiling faces. It is at that moment I say to myself “yep you did well, it was all worth it”. The whole family stops during the festive season. We all relax, slow down, and be thankful. I know I am thankful to have a beautiful wife, healthy, happy and smart kids, a good business, a bloody good team, and a roof over my head.
Whilst pharmacy is undergoing yet another review, the uncertainty of the future of community pharmacy builds even more. As a pharmacy owner, you would be excused for thinking “how can I plan and think forward when there is so many question marks out there? When so many people are trying to unravel what we have fought so hard to establish”. But I am a firm believer in the saying opportunity presents itself in the form or problems.
Being a pharmacy owner can sometimes feel tiring and overwhelming. Some owners have said it can be a lonely existence at times too. There is so much stress and issues to deal with. In one day, you can take on various roles- pharmacists, IT, marketing, merchandising, leadership, finance experts etc. There is a lot you need to deal with, a lot of decisions need to be made, which is all part of your busy day.
The good thing about life is it has funny ways of reminding you why you do things.
As we go through business we can get very wrapped up in the stresses and pressures that we face. There are always problems we must deal with.
Many pharmacy owners have huge rent pressures, declining earnings from their dispensary and front of shop, business values are dropping, staffing issues etc. It is not easy out there at all, there are a lot of problems.