Prior to onboarding clients, you should deliberately establish your geographic territory. On average, phlebotomists may drive up to 50-100 miles per day within their distinguished region. If the territory is too large, phlebotomists may feel too rushed and unable to meet the needs of all their patients. This may lead to insufficient work and poor patient relationships, which are two categories of utmost importance to fulfill high-quality care. If a territory is too small, however, the phlebotomist’s value may be limited.
This may be a trial and error process to confidently determine your ability to manage a bigger workload and travel. If you are beginning your career, it may be useful to overestimate how much time you may spend with each client and decrease appointment times from there, rather than overworking and rushing yourself at the beginning. This typically allows phlebotomists to account for enough travel time in between appointments and feel less pressured by time.