Many times we go with the assumption that the Associates in Walmart know that there is an eye care provider inside their store. You would be surprised to know that only a small percentage are aware. During some of your “down time”, why not take a few minutes to walk out, talk to the pharmacist, and introduce yourself to the Associates at the registers. Not only can these folks be your patients, but also they have family and friends that could be your patients. Most stores have regular morning and afternoon meetings with the Department leads. Generally, this is done right on the store floor and is very quick. Talk to the Store Manager and see if you can attend these meetings on a somewhat regular basis. This will help capture some of the areas of the store you may not get to, such as automotive. Don’t underestimate the value of your personal interactions with those Walmart Associates.
Most of us think about writing a business plan when we start a business. How many of us go back and review that plan to make sure you are on course? Sometimes things beyond your control may change the direction of your original plan. A good idea is to not only review your business plan at least once a year, but be prepared to update it as you complete certain goals or need to add new goals. If you have not written a business plan or can’t locate your original one, take the time to prepare one for your practice now.
Some of the key components to include in your practice plan may be:
- A company summary/description.
- What services will you offer?
- What is your Mission Statement?
- What are some of the strengths of your business (ie., location/hours of operation etc).
- Marketing plans/Growth of Practice
- Social media
- Online scheduling
- Any services that you plan to add
- Identify your local competitors and identify how you can set yourself apart from them
- Know your target patient base
It is also a good idea to share your business plan with your staff. Enlist them to help you achieve your goals. They may have ideas to share with you on achieving your objectives. Having their “buy in” makes your job much easier. Also, feel free to share your plan with your District Manager. Your District Manager wants you to succeed and they work with many other offices and may be able to share some tips with you. And finally, make sure that your goals are attainable and have specific objectives. Put some time on your calendar every month to check where you are with achieving your goals.
With Google Voice, you get a free phone number for calls, text messages, and voicemail. You can use the apps on smartphones and computers, and you can link your number to any mobile or landline number.
What you can do with Voice
- Text from your computer or mobile phone
- Read your voicemail and search through it like email
- Personalize voicemail greetings for family and friends
- Make international calls at low rates
- Get protected from spam calls, block unwanted callers, and screen calls before answering
To offer these services, Voice saves and processes your call, text, and voicemail information.
What you need to use Voice
- A Google Account
- Computer or mobile phone with internet access (for sign-up)
- U.S. phone number that can forward calls after ringing
- Note: Some VoIP phone number providers don’t allow conditional call forwarding
Cost and availability
Voice is only available in the U.S. If you’re outside the U.S., you can make calls with Hangouts.
- Almost all Google Voice calls to the U.S. and Canada are free when you’re calling from the U.S.
- Calls to a few places in the U.S. and Canada cost 1 cent per minute (USD), or the listed rate for your local currency
- Calls to places outside the U.S. are at listed rates
Computer AndroidiPhone & iPad
System and browser requirements
Operating systems that work with Voice
Web browsers that work with Voice
Sign up for Voice and get your number
- On your computer, go to voice.google.com.
- Sign in to your Google Account.
- Search by city or area code for a number. Voice doesn’t offer 1-800 numbers.
- If there aren’t any numbers available in the area you want, try somewhere nearby.
- Next to the number you want, click Select. Follow the instructions.
After setting up Voice, you can link another phone number. Learn more about setting up phones.
- Never send money via gift card or wire transfer to someone you have never met face-to-face. Seriously, just don’t ever do it. If they ask you to use wire transfer, a prepaid debit card, or a gift card, those cannot be traced and are as good as cash. Chances are, you won’t see your money again. See the FTC video on how scammers try to convince you to pay. If someone is trying to convince yo
- u to pay this way, stop, get off the phone or the computer, and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Report the activity to BBB Scam Tracker.
- Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments in unsolicited emails. Links, if clicked, will download malware onto your computer, smart phone, tablet or what ever electronic device you’re using at the time allowing cyberthieves to steal your identity. Be cautious even with email that looks familiar; it could be fake. Instead, delete it if looks unfamiliar and block the sender.
- Don’t believe everything you see. Scammers are great at mimicking official seals, fonts, and other details. Just because a website or email looks official does not m
- ean that it is. Caller ID is commonly faked.
- Double check your online purchase is secure before checking out. Look for the “https” in the URL (the extra s is for “secure”) and a small lock icon on the address bar.
- Better yet, before shopping on the website, make certain you are on the site you intended to visit. Check out the company first at BBB.org. Read reviews about the quality of the merchandise, and make sure you are not buying cheap and/or counterfeit goods. Look for a brick and mortar address listing on the website itself and a working phone number. Take an extra step and call the number if it is a business you are not familiar with.
- Use extreme caution when dealing with anyone you’ve met online. Scammers use dating websites, Craigslist, social media, and many other sites to reach potential targets. They can quickly feel like a friend or even a romantic partner, but that is part of the con for you to trust them.
- Never share personally identifiable information
- with someone who has contacted you unsolicited, whether it’s over the phone, by email, on social media, even at your front door. This includes banking and credit card information, your birthdate, and Social Security/Social Insurance numbers.
- Resist the pressure to act immediately. Shady actors typically try to make you think something is scarce or a limited time offer. They want to push victims to make a decision right now before even thinking through, asking family members, friends or a financial advisors. Sometimes, they’ll advise to avoid contacting anyone and to just trust them. While high-pressure sales tactics are also used by some legitimate businesses, it typically isn’t a good idea to make an important decision quickly.
- Use secure and traceable transactions. Do not p
- ay by wire transfer, prepaid money card, gift card, or other non-traditional payment method (see number one above). Say no to cash-only deals, high pressure sales tactics, high upfront payments, overpayments, and handshake deals without a contract. Read all of the small print on the contract and make sure to understand what the terms are.
- Whenever possible, work with local businesses. As
- k that they have proper identification, licensing, and insurance, especially contractors who will be coming into your home or anyone dealing with your money or sensitive information. Review Business Profiles at BBB.org to see what other people have experienced.
- Be cautious about what you share on social media. Consider only connecting with people you already know. Check the privacy settings on all social media and online accounts. Imposters often get information about their targets from their online interactions, and can make themselves sound like a friend or family member because they know so much about you. Then, update and change passwords to passphrases on a regular basis on all online accounts.
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Who Is OASIS® Medical?
OASIS is a continuous improvement company deeply committed to truth in its business approach, relationships, and products based on our foundation of accountability. We welcome feedback from customers and our team to evolve as a pro-active company.
OASIS invests in the long term through our strategic partnering relationships with Eye Care Providers. This investment helps the Doctor improve the quality of the patient’s eye care experience. As consultants we are willing to invest time and equip the Doctor with how our approach can assist their Practice. This strategy allows OASIS to thrive by being relevant through focusing on the patient care experience and efficiency of the individual practice.
Our Solution Based Products
Our values of integrity and quality guide our commitment to solution-based products that enhance the patient care. From the beginning, OASIS has been a practice-based company focused on building the Dry Eye and Surgical practice through the various tools we offer.
OASIS is committed to offering informed, relevant solutions based on truth. To do this, we listen first and ask questions to understand an issue at cause. Our professionalism is demonstrated by our ability to think different. We lead with a consultative approach that is flexible and seeks to add value. It looks to address issues rather than only sell a product. It is strategic rather than tactical. Our goal is to create a partnership for OASIS and the Doctor so that both parties achieve a win.
In addition to an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement, truth, accountability, strategic relationships, a consultative approach, a quality eye care experience, solution-based products, being relevant, and professionalism, we are committed to a win-win approach to all that work with OASIS. Our commitment extends to a positive cash flow, profitability, financial security, and long-term sustainability.
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It is back to school time. As children return to school and face increased screen time as part of distance learning and blended learning plans, it is important to educate parents about the importance of Eye Health for their children.
Regular Vision screenings should be part of every parents back to school check list. As a trusted eye care specialist, you can catch problems before they start to cause academic problems. This is also a good time to help educate parents about protective eye wear available for their youth athletes.