Getting your fees right is very important. You must make sure that they cover all of your operating costs, including your own drawings. Don't forget to keep a note of your travelling expenses if you make home visits - its easy to overlook the cost of providing this type of service. Think about whether you will make a charge for appointments that are missed or cancelled at very short notice.
Typical fees might be somewhere in the region of the following:
- 60 minute initial consultation - £30 to £125
- 30 minute follow-up consultation - £20 to £60
- online initial consultation £20 - £60
- online follow-up consultation £20 to £45
Practitioners often charge fees at a lower rate for children, unemployed people, retired patients and students. They may also offer discounted fees to regular clients.
You may decide that your consultation fee will include the cost of the remedies provided or you may choose to charge extra for them. If you decide to charge extra, a typical cost may be £5 per remedy.
(Figures used for illustrative purposes only - your own charges may vary significantly depending on the nature of the local client base, your own experience and the level of local competition)
As part of your market research it makes sense to check out the fees charged by other homeopaths - you will probably need to make sure that your fees are more or less in line with theirs. Many homeopathic practices list their charges on their website so you could compare your proposed fees with practitioners around the country.
If you plan to regularly offer a discount from your normal tariff you should keep comprehensive details of this - it will be helpful if HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) ever investigate your business.