Melissa LaPointe is an occupational therapist who is an expert in online business and entrepreneurial leadership. After running a brick-and-mortar practice as an occupational therapist, Melissa successfully transitioned to full-time online business ownership and is now location independent.
We discuss online business ownership, business systems, online course design, WHY OT SCHOOL SETS US UP TO FAIL AS ENTREPRENEURS (a VERY interesting conversation!), money mindsets, thinking like and BEING CEO, business coaching, selling our services, and minimalism as business owners, and how to attract your ideal clients.
One of my favorite takeaways from this episode is that getting business coaching does NOT mean you’re admitting “weakness” or failure. It actually means the opposite…that you’re thinking like an entrepreneur and wanting to thoughtfully grow your business!
Along these lines: I am offering a FREE Business Coaching Session to one lucky OT-entrepreneur. Interested? Go to the show notes at www.mindyourotbusiness.com/podcast/18
Find all of Melissa's fantastic resources at www.melissalapointe.com
In this solo episode, I review my 2019 goals achieved, share my audacious goals for 2020, and share inside-the-books of my business finances for 2018 and 2019.
Holistic entrepreneurship means that we bring our WHOLE selves to our businesses, just like we treat the whole person as OTs. Physical, spiritual, personal, relational, professional, educational goals are ALL relevant to our entrepreneurship. So I’m talking honestly about them all in this episode. :)
Find cool photos and show notes at mindyourotbusiness.com/podcast/17
Online business ownership is rapidly expanding opportunities for OTs to share our expertise with the world. Meg Proctor, MS, OTR/L is an occupational therapist and autism specialist who has taken her passions and formed a successful online business: Learn Play Thrive. The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism helps occupational therapy practitioners (and others!) understand the unique learning styles of autistic people. (Listen to the podcast to learn why we say “autistic people” and not “people with autism” now! This is new language widely preferred by the autistic community to illustrate that being autistic is NOT a negative thing.)
Besides that, Meg and I discuss:
How she got started and tested her ideas.
The set-up and platform for offering online courses.
Potential ways to structure your online course.
Why freebies may be realistic to offer at first launch of a course.
Why working with a business coach is essential (even at significant cost!).
How she decides how to price her consultative services for therapists
Social media management
Working as a mother of 2 young children
How becoming an expert in a specific niche will give you the ability to meet other practitioners’ needs in your online course.
How you can start small without breaking the bank or wasting a lot of time.
Trish Williams, BA, BHScOT(c) is the super-savvy CEO of Spring OT a multi-disciplinary practice in Calgary in the province of Alberta, Canada. In this value-packed conversation with Trish, we discuss how OTs can lead in business, systems you must have in place to run a profitable business, strategic planning, developing online revenue streams, social media marketing, and ascension models of service delivery for maximizing profit. Listen to the end for a big announcement that you'll want to hear! Find the show notes and resources at www.mindyourotbusiness.com/podcast/15
In this episode, I pull back the curtain on how we respond to constructive criticism as business owners, using my own honest reflections on the anonymous feedback I gathered after the Therapy in the Great Outdoors Training Retreat. This was my first in-person training for therapists to learn the nature-based therapy approach I developed in my business. You’ll hear REAL feedback from attendees at the retreat…both the positive AND the negative, cause that’s how I roll on this podcast (and in life and business in general). :) Share your thoughts by visiting the show notes here: Mind Your OT Business episode 14 show notes.
In this action-step filled episode of MYOTBiz, we learn SO MUCH from Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L about his consulting work and his business Rehab U Practice Solutions. Rafael is a true OT, a fount of wisdom about entrepreneurship, and an expert on how to make your business truly serve and KEEP your customers. And best of all: how your business should serve YOU and allow you to create the life you want!
In this episode, Erica Schuppe of Wild Roots Therapy in Billings, Montana shares how she has grown her successful multidisciplinary trauma-informed pediatric practice, even with 80-90% of her practice's caseload consisting of Medicaid clients. We talk about finances, entrepreneurial mindset, business growth, managing a team, and getting un-stuck as entrepreneurs! Check out the show notes at www.mindyourotbusiness.com/podcast/12
Kelly is the clinic owner of Occupational Therapy Consulting in Frederick, Maryland & the author of the Ovis the Sheep books for children that teach families about sensory processing in a FUN way! Kelly shares about the process of creating services and products that meet the needs of clients AND practitioners, as well as rock-solid business tips for managing intake calls effectively, structuring your time as a business owner, having an entrepreneur's mindset, and sustainable business growth. She's also got some telehealth services and online courses in the works! Check out the show notes at www.mindyourotbusiness.com/podcast/11
This was an unplanned, impromptu solo episode based on a recent conversation I had with my sister in which I had a business epiphany to share with you all. :) I talk about how growing a business sometimes requires sacrifice but it doesn't have to feel like a BAD thing if you keep the right mindset...
In this episode, Bradley Williams, occupational therapist and owner of Naturally Gathered in Adelaide, Australia joins me on the podcast to talk all about nature-based therapy! We talk all about starting a nature-based practice and HE interviews ME with a ton of great questions about logistics, mistakes made, and best practices in nature-based therapy provision for children. Get the show notes at https://ww.mindyourotbusiness.com/podcast/9 and check out Brad's business (and his fabulous blog) at https://naturallygathered.com.au
In our first interview episode of Mind Your OT Business, Mandy Chamberlain, MOTR/L shares the ins and outs of how she started the Seniors Flourish podcast and the Learning Lab Membership Site where she shares a wealth of information with occupational therapists who work with older adults. We talk about building a website, marketing, mindset, why entrepreneurs often overwork, and what is most important to keep in mind when starting and running a business. Connect with Mandy and check out the Learning Lab at www.seniorsflourish.com!
In this episode, I spill the beans about a $10,000 spend I made early in my business that I don't think was worth it...and a bunch of other fail-learns I had when starting out. I hope this will help you avoid the same mistakes when starting YOUR business!
Today we talk about designing a LOGO for your business! A logo represents your brand to the public and the process of creating one is super fun...but lots of people don't pay attention to best practices when creating their logo. In this episode, I share lessons learned from working with (expensive!) graphic designers to create my logo and website... to save YOU from having to spend big money, too.
Make sure to listen to episodes 3 and 4 for the first two parts of this series on Time Management Tips for the Entrepreneur. Today we have our final installment in the series with 4 more tips, so let’s jump right in!
Make sure to listen to episode 3 for Time Management Tips #1-3. We’re diving right into #4-6 on our Time Management Tips list this episode! Get the show notes at mindyourotbusiness.com/podcast/4
This week's episode starts a 3-part series on how to manage and MAXIMIZE your TIME as an entrepreneur. Learn tips and tricks to become more efficient in managing all the to-do's as you manage your business.
In this episode of Mind Your OT Business, we discuss 3 ways you can make your business stand out in a crowded and busy market. You'll learn how to establish your unique SERVICE proposition to customers and how to ignite your passion for what your business is uniquely gifted to offer customers.
Welcome to the Mind Your OT Business podcast! In this first episode, I share why I’m starting this podcast FOR and BY occupational therapy entrepreneurs. We talk all about what it means to be empowered and equipped to be a savvy and successful entrepreneur as an occupational therapy business owner, and what this podcast will be all about. Visit mindyourotbusiness.com to jump in and take action!