preston consulting, llc
My family owned and operated the first urgent care clinic in South Dakota. As the ground was moved and the foundation set, the doors to Rapid Care Medical and Occupational Health Center were opened in the fall of 1989. It would be almost 20 years later to that date that I returned to Rapid Care to help stabilize the business in light of my dad's sudden hemorrhagic stroke.
My dad, Sarge Preston, was the founding physician for this type of "doc in the box" clinic. As an Internal Medicine physician and sole provider during the clinic's formidable years, he worked longer hours than I ever witnessed anyone work. Often, as my mom tells me, he'd be laying on his back on the floor of his office between patients trying to regain some strength. The opening hours of the clinic were from 7am to 7pm Monday thru Saturday, and 8am to 6pm on Sunday. As you likely get the picture, the amount of work put into getting this business off the ground and moving was almost insurmountable.
Having witnessed first hand how difficult and time consuming it is to own and operate your own business, I must say that I have the greatest respect for any and all business owners who do the same. There is no such thing as a perfect business because business must adapt to the changing environment and market. And there is no such thing as reward without risk. Measuring risk and applying the correct strategies is a fundamental part of successfully navigating the complexities of the business world.
As a consultant, there are tools and benefits to helping my clients achieve success. Fiduciarily, our interests are intertwined and your success equals mine. Capitalism is a beautiful system and, if utilized effectively and with awareness to many of the variant principles of your trade, can return great wealth for your sacrifice.