POCA Tv videos tagged running a business


Ashland Community Acupuncture Tour

A tour of Ashland Community Acupuncture in Ashland, MA, owned by POCA Finance Circle volunteer SizzleK, aka Steve Kingsbury. 8 chairs, 5 years old, and very lovely and well-organized. Thanks to Cris for filming and Steve for inviting us in to your space!

Bookkeeping and Accounting. Carmen's Breakout Session (with handouts)

This is Carmen's popular POCAfest breakout on Accounting and Bookkeeping 101. Learn all about what you need to know as a new clinic owner to wrangle your numbers.

The handouts can be found in forums with the POCA Fest Handouts

Cris and Skip Interview (2): First Year of Practice

Cris and Skip interview each other about what they learned in their first year of practice. Keywords: marry a millionaire.

Cris Interviews Andy about Starting Clinic #2

You've had the tour of MAS Nashua; don't you want to hear about what went down behind the scenes? Andy tells Cris all the details of making clinic #2 happen: finding the space, lease negotiations, schedules and staffing.

A Tour of MAS Nashua: Now with Furniture!

Cris of PCA visits Andy of MAS at his new clinic and gets the new and improved tour! Caution: some adult language.

Wade on Reception and Why It Matters

An experienced CA punk who has lived through every variety of clinic reception talks about the different models -- and why reception matters to a punk. Are you a new punk wondering why your clinic isn't busier? Are you a receptionist wondering if what you do is really

How to Handle Money in a Busy CA Clinic

A new punk asked us, "How do you guys handle so many financial transactions? How do you track it all?" Here, we'll show you. Guest appearance by Lucas Van Meter demonstrating how to wrangle a ledger. (Note to clinic owners: have kids, they make great receptionists and videographers!)<

Prick Prod & Provoke blog entries tagged running a business


POCAfest Marin Keynote: Chronic Pain and Endurance, by Jeff Levin of SOAP

Welcome to POCAfest. My name is Jeff and I’m a proud punk and the co-owner of Sacramento Oakland Acupuncture Project, affectionately known as SOAP. We keep it clean.

We’ve all come an impressively long way doing community acupuncture. I’ve heard that

Stone Soup and Social Containers

The posts about social containers and the hierarchy of needs are beginning drafts for a workbook for future POCA Tech students, kind of like Praxis, except that Praxis is mostly a workbook for clinic and this will be a workbook for, well, everything else. We realized that we needed

Hierarchy of Needs: Too Sexy for This Work?

Got your attention? I hope so. This post in the Hierarchy of Needs series is about things it’s hard for people to pay attention to, so if it helps to play the Right Said Fred song in the background, please do! (Can you tell I’ve

POCA Clinic Member Changes

Recently I saw a bumper sticker for a local food co-op that said, “I own a grocery store with some friends” and I thought of POCA. Back in 2011, when we made the transition from the Community Acupuncture Network (which was a 501c6 nonprofit) to POCA, one of

Open Sourcing Modern Acupuncture: Part Four, Stamina

Recently I had an interesting conversation with a prospective POCA Tech student, who described to me his efforts to research acupuncture schools. He told me that he spoke with a current student at a Classical Chinese Medicine program, who reacted with horror when he heard that the prospective student

Open Sourcing Modern Acupuncture, Part Three: Hope

Let’s talk about all the good things that could come out of Modern Acupuncture and their amazingly expensive experiment. I’m serious.

For as long as we’ve had the community acupuncture model, people have been doing weird shit with it. That list

Open Sourcing Modern Acupuncture, Part Two: Trouble

After I read this article in the Franchise Times, a multiple choice question popped into my mind. (Yeah, that happens. More about that in a minute.) What do you get if you cross the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture with Massage Envy?

a) Modern Acupuncture

Here's to Open Sourcing: Modern Acupuncture, Part One

It’s the time of year for retrospectives, and this from our friends at Acupuncture Today caught my eye: “Modern Acupuncture started a movement with the tagline, Let’s Tingle.”

Ah, Modern Acupuncture. I have such complicated feelings. On one hand, I 

Part 6-FINAL Entry in the SAGA of WJIPCA

Part 6 "Leaving"

As I've already said, I left on July 2nd, 2017. The 2nd was a Sunday, and that Friday my father snuck into town with his truck and a Uhaul. We left early Sunday morning, as it'd always been at least an eight-hour drive from

Highlighting a Really Neato POCA Tech Punkling Project

If you’ve been reading Michael’s blog post about the Worst Job in POCA/CA….you might be hiding in the supply closet of your clinic cringing and wringing your hands and thinking.” How oh HOW can I prevent such a catastrophe..or maybe more on point..those

If You Can't Be a Good Example...

My life is different in many ways now that POCA has a school, and one of them is that when a colleague sends me an email that starts out with “holy shit” and ends with a link to a news story about an acupuncturist getting arrested for

Losers Holding Hands

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, comrades, we should all be feeling pretty flattered right now.

And if anybody’s wondering what our reflection might look like in the warped mirror of capitalism, there it is: the Modern Acupuncture franchise, with its sleek recliners

Too Much All The Time: Ask Uncle Andy

Thanks to all who wrote with great hiring questions, to share difficult circumstances (not fit for this blog, unfortunately) and to ask for a bit of clinic space-searching advice.  I loved hearing from you all.

This question is submitted by a reader

If Dear Abby & Reddit's AMA had a love-child: POCA's Ask Uncle Andy

If you're like me, working as an acu-punk brings opportunity to answer many and various questions - from folks visiting clinic, from one's own co-workers and colleagues and of course from the generally acu-curious. 

So many questions in fact, I wrote a little book

Why We Belong to POCA

People need community and human connection and while the physical community is slowing shrinking the online community grows.  I've been told that the average person spends 1 hours each day on Facebook.  Even though people are not physically seeing each other as much, we as humans still

Stillpoint and the Automatic Membership model

Stillpoint Community Acupuncture opened in August 2011, in the small town of Langford BC, a pocket community of Victoria. Since we opened, we have provided over 13,000 treatments, and have only twice dipped into our overdraft, something that we are quite proud of.

About a year ago we began

New POCA member benefit --- Sharps Disposal, Pick Up & more...

fellow POCA members,

Our cooperative has a new member benefit that directly affects day to day clinic expenses in a good way---discounted sharps pick–up and delivery service!

Stericycle is offering all POCA clinics a 20% discount off of the ground floor price of your

Birth of a Clinic: On Mapupuncture and Membership

Eight months down the road now, and we’ve reached another milestone, of sorts. We just exceeded 333 active patients in our POCApoint database; we are now one-third of the way to the magical 1000 mark.

We also just wrapped up our busiest week ever. It’s

Spanish for Acupuntura Comunitaria: Easy As !Uno, Dos, Tres!

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[i]Estimados Amigos[/i], With great pleasure, we announce the inauguration of the [url=https://www.pocacoop.com/wiki/acupunk-wiki/Spanish-for-Acupuntura-Comunitaria/] Spanish for [i]Acupuntura

Birth of a Clinic: on Finances, Bookkeeping, and Internalized Sexism

Like most acupuncturists, I got zero business training in acupuncture school. Even though I was lucky enough to get a job at an established community acupuncture clinic, and was spared a lot of the responsibility for bookkeeping etc, I still made some very obvious mistakes -- including not setting

Birth of a Clinic: on skullcap, recliner placement, and finding my way around

As our patient base grows and grows, and more and more people are finding their way around the clinic, so am I. I realised this morning that the steady, intense overwhelm of a month ago or so has definitely receded.

This is partially due to skullcap herb.

The POCA Jobs Wiki is Here!

The POCA Jobs Wiki is here! What is the POCA Jobs Wiki, you ask? It's a collection of information all pertaining to employment at a POCA clinic. The wiki contains perspectives from both clinic owners and employee punks about the realities of being employed at a POCA clinic

Picking My Head Up and Looking at the Big Picture


Sometimes it's exhilarating to look up, to feel connected, and to realize we are not alone, we are all working together and helping each other.


I love POCA.


I love the community it's created

On Gross and Net and Other Difficult Concepts

In which I --to quote the Princess Bride, again -- "explain, and use small words".

Why bother?

Well, as we're gearing up for POCA Tech, I find that I have a lot of motivation around preventing people from going

More about the Fractal: Community and Digging Deep

This is a two-part post about the fractal. Part one is about something that happened recently at WCA: we made a mistake and a patient got mad at us. Statistically speaking, this should happen a lot more often than it actually does. In this case, the mistake was that

Opening Talk at the Big Damn Clinic Workshop

(But first: for those of you who couldn't make it this weekend, we are doing our best to put all of the materials for the workshop up online. Wade, our fabulous website-whisperer, has created a new category in the Mighty CA Wiki for the BDC. Check it out!

On being a self-employed acupunk on Labour Day.


In Canada and the US, today is Labour Day, an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers, e.g. the 8-hour work day. I’ve been thinking this week about various crappy jobs I’ve worked; jobs which required a lot

POCA Micro-Loans Are Here!


One of the strong influences contributing to POCA's development is Professor Mohammad Yunus of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. Professor Yunus is credited with the development of the concepts of microfinance and microcredit, which allow people who are

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Almost 3 Years Old!

Whew, it's been a while since my last blog. Been too busy working on POCA stuff to think about writing.

I noticed that people tend to taper off from blogging once they are about 2+ years into their clinics. Everything isn't so new and different anymore,