Remember, you must do your research before opening a private practice therapy business. And after you are in practice, you must continue learning. Below begins a list of learning resources for private practitioners that I have compiled just for you.
The first section includes books I recommend. I have put a link to the book at Amazon and to the audiobook version on Audible which is owned by Amazon. (I really love audiobooks because they help me be more productive.)
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Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup by Bill Aulet
Crush It: Why Now is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
You Are the Message: Getting what you want by being who you are by Roger Ailes
Zag: The Number One Strategy of High-Performance Brands
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
Thinking, Fast and Slow: Two systems drive the way we think and make choices by Daniel Kahneman
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur
Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey
EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by John Maxwell
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John Maxwell
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins
Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins
Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller by Napolean Hill
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! By Robert Kiyosaki
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
The Richest Man In Babylon by George Clason
Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis
The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie
The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Tony Schwartz
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow
First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less by Sam Carpenter
Rework: A better, faster, easier way to succeed in business by Jason Fried
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller
The E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It. By Michael Gerber – MUST READ
The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself by John Jantsch
Work The Pond by Darcy Rezac – Learn How To Network – MUST READ
Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazi
Duct Tape Marketing Revised & Updated: The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide by John Jantsch
The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz
Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking by Andy Sernovitz
The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki
Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant-Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits, and Crush Your Competition by David Newman
Guerilla Marketing: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business by Jay Conrad Levinson
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got: 21 Ways You Can Out-Think, Out-Perform, and Out-Earn the Competition by Jay Abraham
George Meets the Marketing Expert – Learn the Basics of Small Business Marketing in 1 Hour [Kindle Edition] by Arjun Aik
Prezi Presentations Like Powerpoint on Steroids Scott’s Autism/ADHD Prezi
While some of these links come from a specific discipline of therapy such as Speech, Physical or Occupational Therapy, there is something to learn for any therapist at each of these sites. Please don’t skip it just because it is not your discipline.
Transitioning to Private Practice: Article by Denise Daugherty at the ASHA Leader for Speech Therapists.
Private Practice in Speech Therapy: ASHA’s resources on Private Practice.
Questions asked about Private Practice: Great info from ASHA.
Opening Your Own Practice? Private Practice Section of APTA presentation.
Speech Services in Schools: Free PDF Download.
PT-Rehab Management Yahoo Group: Must have a Yahoo ID.
PT’s in Business Yahoo Group: Must have a Yahoo ID.
Linkedin: You must be on Linkedin and join the many private practice groups. I have one called Start and Run a Therapy Practice
101 Resources for First Time Entrepreneurs: Kissmetrics website with a very extensive list of websites.
Small Business Association Readiness Assessment Guide: Take the test, and see if you are ready.
Kauffman Foundation Website that offers free learning tools about Entreprenuership. They have some great videos.
Kauffman Foundation Emed: Specifically for healthcare entrepreneurs. They have free Ebooks and more.
How to Finance a Startup Today: Entrepreneur.com article.
Gobookee: Find free e-books about all sorts of topics.
Free Milestones brochures from the CDC. Download them, personalize them, and hand them out.
Business Owners Toolkit: Various resources and downloads.
Free Management Library: Over 650 topics.
Small Business Administration Main Site: A must visit site.
Score.org: Get free business advice and mentorship.
Toastmasters: Learn public speaking and network at the same time.
Outsourcing Payroll: If you have employees you have to pay them. This article covers software tools to do it.
Screen Capture – Create Training Videos
Camtasia (What I Use)
Screen-Capture Lite: A free tool for recording the desktop screen.
Screencastify for Google Chrome browser. Free tool.
Libreoffice A Microsoft Office free alternative.
Docstoc.com This website says “it has been acquired by Intuit” (Quickbooks) and is “the premier online destination to start and grow small businesses. It hosts the best quality and widest selection of professional documents.
Feedly Ebook: This is a free e-book on how to use Feedly which is a RSS reader. I like to call it a news aggregator. It collects all of the websites that I assign to it, and I can then read those websites in this one place. You can visit Feedly Here.
ConvertKit: What Scott uses to build and manage his email list.
Mailchimp: Build your email list.
Aweber: Build your email list.
Google Apps – HIPAA Compliant Cloud Storage – Sign up for HIPAA Compliance with Google Apps HERE.
Help A Reporter: Write an article and get noticed
IFTT: If This Then That. Create Powerful shortcuts, connections and automatic triggers with your technology. You have to check this out. I use it all the time. Here a couple of sites to better explain it HERE and This Video.
Print Palace: All of your printing needs
Podcasts I Like
Start A Therapy Practice: My Podcast. Please leave a review.
Mixergy: Business tips for startups.
Totastmaster Podcast: Learn public speaking.
The Tom Woods Show: Liberty with the Free Market – Free your mind.
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