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Some scientists spend their whole life searching the cosmos for the existence of life. They spend countless hours gazing through telescopes or listening for radio signals from galaxies light years away. They push themselves to the limits of their entire being all because they believe it actually exists. I bet you think I am writing about extraterrestrial life.
Pharmacy junior partnerships can be great opportunities for increasing the chances of your pharmacy surviving long after you are enjoying an inspired life after pharmacy. However, many community pharmacy owners think simply finding a junior partner is all it takes. The fact is, finding one is just the beginning.
There has been much debate recently about whether selling a community pharmacy outright or creating a pharmacy junior partnership is the optimal route in exiting a pharmacy.
Many community pharmacy owners laugh when we ask them what their life after pharmacy will look like. And, in practically the same breath they say someting like "I never knew there was a life after pharmacy." Some even have said (as we say in the south) "I am going out with my boots on."
We just arrived home from the Pharmacy Growth Conference in Orlando last weekend and the first two days back brought two significant snow storms. As I woke up the morning of the second storm, I told my wife that I would love to just go out and play in the snow all day without having to worry about work. It made me realize that one day I would want to have the option of working or not. If that's the case, then I better start working on my exit strategy. Speaking of exit strategies...
Pharmacy exit strategies are being discussed more and more in today's pharmacy world than ever before. The reason is a tremendous transition has begun to take place in the pharmacy world. In our 30 plus years of work of helping community pharmacists navigate their life in pharmacy, we have heard many ideas and goals for life after pharmacy. There are a few lessons that we have observed and community pharmacists have learned (sometimes the hard way).
Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” This concept is very important as it pertains to owning and operating a community pharmacy (and executing an exit strategy).
There are three primary options for a pharmacy exit strategy. They are sell to an insider, sell to an outsider or liquidate. Each one of these options has its positives and pitfalls. An insider could be family members in the business, a junior pharmacist or another employee/employees. An outsider could be another independent pharmacist, family members not in the business, a chain store pharmacist looking for independent direction, a conglomerate of pharmacies/pharmacists or a chain store
The Waypoint team recently took a trip to San Diego and the weather was out of this world. It inspired a discussion on what the advisors' lives would be like after working at Waypoint. One of our advisors mentioned that he would love to be able to travel to places like San Diego without having to worry about being on a budget. Another one of our advisors said he would love to sit on his back porch, watch the sunset and eat boiled peanuts. The third advisor mentioned that he had no idea what he would do when his working life ended.