Lockdown Losses

In regards to politics I describe myself as a Champagne Socialist. Many of those who read these emails might see me more as a Raging Capitalist. Perception is important and wow I'm struggling with my perception of the current Government and its management of this COVID-19 pandemic. Particularly its financial implications. My perception of Labour is they have lost touch with the realities and are simply enjoying the politicking too much. Grant Robertson has been standing up and stating:

'The economy is resilient', 'The bounce back was better than most forecasts', 'Business balance sheets are strong'.

There is some truth in that for the dental profession. At LANZ.Dental we see the performance of a large number of practices and generally yes, they are doing well. Especially those clinics outside Auckland who have been very profitable in the 12 months from June 2020. Auckland practices have done well too, I personally billed more than ever before - but it came at a cost. 

Serena and I have had no decent break outside of Christmas, we were supposed to be skiing next week! My teams are working harder and longer than before, so it's no surprise we are seeing burnout. People are stressed with increased workloads and worries about the uncertainty of it all. Unfortunately this is only going to get worse in the near future as we hopefully emerge from a Level 3 or 4 lockdown in Auckland. 

Perception wise it's difficult for dentists to be pleading poverty or financial hardship in the media, but I see little difference between us and hospitality. You could argue we are worse off actually, with essentially no work possible at Level 3. Same goes for many other industries to varying degrees, construction, other allied health, the beauty industry and so on.

The wage subsidies and resurgence payments are welcomed. Hopefully if you're eligible you have applied. $600 a week is pretty tight though! And for employers there are the complexities of distributing that; part time staff, casual staff, staff that have done some hours, staff that can't or refuse to do any hours, etc. I had two waged staff who expected the whole wage subsidy to be paid out to them, lump sum and in advance! 

One thing I haven't heard spoken about much is the small business cashflow scheme SBCS. This is still available and I made good use of it in my Queenstown practice last lockdown. That practice was still new and had debt to service. This would be useful for anyone with higher debt levels or expensive lifestyles.   

Unfortunately us Aucklanders will be in lockdown for a wee while yet. But enough doom and gloom. I have plenty of exciting things to do. Olivia and I have sold down a large percentage of our Wanaka and Queenstown practices to Andy Tapper's new organisation. I have resigned from Lumino to concentrate on some new projects with Andy here in Auckland. I will be looking for a couple of Champagne Socialist dentists to join me (Raging Capitalists accepted). Drop me a line here and watch this space for further updates.

Sneak peak at my new branding.




Thinking of buying or selling your dental practice?
Lockdown blues? Time to reassess the future? Then it is time to have a confidential, no obligation chat with Bruce on 021 777 499. He's had some great successes recently - even through lockdown. 

You can view practices for sale on our website.



We've had a lot of people interested in valuations recently. Have you been thinking about finding out the value of your practice? Looking to expand, retire, or sell? Send us an email and we'll set up a complimentary, no obligation consultation with our business adviser.







We've got some great clients that are offering flexibility, mentoring, additional benefits, full books and good earning potential. 

Dentist - Fielding

Dentist - Fielding

Join this busy, well established practice 4 days a week . 
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Dentist - Auckland Central

Dentist - Auckland Central

This Ponsonby practice is looking for a dentist with implant restoration and CEREC experience.
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Dentist - Pukekohe

Dentist Full time, part time or locum - Botany

Well established, busy multi-chair practice looking for dentist experienced in CEREC.
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Dentist FT/PT - Hamilton

Dentist Full or part time - Hamilton

Opportunity for a new Grad or experienced to join this practice with latest technology.
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Dentist - North Auckland

Dentist - North of Auckland

Looking for an experienced dentist to work in two fully digital, modern practices north of Auckland.
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Dentist, full time - Cambridge

Dentist, full time, part time or locum - Cambridge

Flexible days/hours, healthy books and great earning potential. 
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Dentist - Whangarei

Dentist - Whangarei

Modern facilities with cutting edge technology and friendly team.
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Dentist Masterton

Dentist Masterton

This multi-chair practice is looking for an experienced dentist to join them.
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Dentist FT/PT - New Plymouth

Dentist FT/PT - New Plymouth

Flexible days and hours and large patient base in the heart of the city.
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Dentist - Invercargill

Dentist - Invercargill

Due to growth we need an experienced dentist to join this practice. Accommodation, car and relocation offered.
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Dentist - Tauranga part time

Dentist part time - Tauranga

Friendly practice needs part time dentist experienced in extractions. Starting at 2 days a week. Can be flexible.
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Dentist - Papatoetoe, Auckland

Dentist - Papatoetoe, Auckland

Experienced dentist wanted 4-5 days a week. Practice has leading edge dental technology.
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Dentist - Christchurch City

Dentist - Christchurch City

Guaranteed full books with plenty of new patients at this established modern practice in the heart of the city.
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Don't see the right job for you? Then check out all our vacancies on our website or contact Toni on 03 477 8777 and send your resume to toni@lanz.dental


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