Profitability & Fulfillment with Dr. Tarun Agarwal

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Bulletproof Dental Practice Podcast Episode 58

Hosts: Dr. Peter Boulden & Dr. Craig Spodak

Guest: Dr. Tarun Agarwal, owner/dentist Raleigh Dental Arts, owner T-Bone Speaks

Key Takeaways:

  • Make sure you’re not being oversold by predatory companies offering horrible insurance and investment planning.
  • Review your estate plans every couple years.
  • It’s not about how rich or poor you are, it’s about preventing your loved ones from inheriting a storm.
  • The cost of maintaining a healthy office is significantly higher than it was 15 years ago.
  • We should be shooting for profitability in the 10-20% ballpark.
  • Profitability should be based on all your normal expenses, plus the following:
    • Each dentist (including yourself) should be paid as an associate
    • Build in an escrow dollar or percentage amount (2-3%) for future improvements, renovations, and technology gains
    • Interest amount (5%) on capital put into the practice
  • “All things under one roof” – medical and dental – is the future of dentistry. Cottage industry offices as we know them will be displaced in certain environments.
  • Approximately 80% of offices are solo dentists. The believe is within 10 years this number will drop to closer to 50%.
  • If you’re going to stop practicing within the next 10 years you’ll probably be fine. If you’re planning to practice longer than that you will get hit by these changes.
  • Put away money on an annual basis to cover renovations.
  • Make sure you’re getting fulfillment in your professional life, as well as in personal.
  • If you design your business around you and make yourself happy, others around you will be happy as well.
  • Focus on outcomes, not goals.
  • People aren’t doing enough live training. The magic is being around people and interacting with others.


Creative Planning

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss


“Life’s ultimate ROI is fulfillment and happiness.” – Dr. Craig Spodak

“What makes people happy is progress.” – Dr. Craig Spodak

“Focus on outcomes, not goals.” – Dr. Tarun Agarwal


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