Thursday, January 08, 2009

Clueless? Design the Front End First

Let's say you wanted to start a web-based business but did not have any web design, programing or software engineering experience, you might think that it would be impossible to proceed with your plan.

You'd be wrong.

Using simple and inexpensive software, such as Balsamiq or even MS Publisher, you can actually build your site from the front end first, ie from the experience of the user. Then, you just have to find a coder to build you the site and then find someway to pay for it all.

If you are going into a new, solo medical practice, you can adopt this type of backwards planning strategy to achieve your ultimate goal even if you lack the knowledge to see the all the details involved in the project.

For example, perhaps you want to leave a group practice to start your own one, but have no experience with the business aspects of medical practice, you can use your knowledge of how you want to experience life in your practice and then step by step find out how to accomplish the seeming impossible. You may know that you want to see 20 patients a day, take insurance, do in-office procedures, major surgery in the hospital, and have a lab. Using this knowledge, you can back-step the route to the goal.

This strategy takes some practice, but you'll be amazed at what can be accomplished by using it.

Good luck and let me know how it goes.

The IU.