Studying to become an optometrist takes years of academic and practical training, from college level, through to a specialist university, to doing time as an intern. The lay reader, if he or she is able to read this note comfortably enough at this time, should need no reminding that the optometrist is just one of the many important stakeholders within the health services industry. But while the lay reader may be accomplished at running a business, the irony may be that no young medical trainee receives much in the way of business school training before venturing into private practice, something of an aspiration for many a medical graduate.
Henceforth, it remains necessary for the optometrist, general practitioner, dentist, podiatrist, and so forth, to avail him or herself to further higher education training for the mutual benefit of both medical practitioner and patient. Similar opportunities may exist elsewhere as it is relevant or appropriate as a going concern, but for the aspirant retail optometrist there is every opportunity to do well by purchasing an optical shop franchise.
With this kind of opportunity, the way is paved for a smoother entry into running a successful business. This is an opportunity that should not be restricted to optometrists, or medical practitioners in other specialist or general fields. Indeed, it has happened already. Entrepreneurs or experienced business managers will get on with the day to day running of the commercial arm of the practice whilst the medical practitioner gets on with the work of doing what he or she knows best, strictly speaking.
Nevertheless, the franchise movement does provide new entrants to the market with the requisite business training. The sober warning does, however, need to be issued in the sense that there will more than likely be no spoon feeding in this enterprise.