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.)

10 Books You MUST Own

Read And Re-Read

How to Win Friends and Influence People

by Dale Carneige

Amazon    Audible

The E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It.

By Michael Gerber

Amazon    Audible

Work The Pond – Learn How To Network.

by Darcy Rezac


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change.

by Stephen R. Covey

Amazon    Audible

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

by Gary Keller

Amazon    Audible

Guerilla Marketing: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business.

by Jay Conrad Levinson

Amazon    Audible

All Marketers are Liars

by Seth Godin


The nuts and bolts of how to start and run a therapy practice.

by Scott Harmon

Buy Here

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

by Robert Cialdini


The Magic of Thinking Big

by David Schwartz


Profit First

by Mike Michalowicz


The Ultimate Sales Machine

by Chet Holmes


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5. Podcast’s I Like



  • Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup by Bill Aulet


  • Crush It: Why Now is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion

Amazon    Audible


  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by  Malcolm Gladwell

Amazon    Audible

  • Outliers: The Story of Success by  Malcolm Gladwell

Amazon    Audible

  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by  Malcolm Gladwell

Amazon    Audible

  • 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

Amazon    Audible

  • The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Amazon    Audible

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow: Two systems drive the way we think and make choices  by Daniel Kahneman

Amazon    Audible

  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Amazon    Audible

  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau

Amazon    Audible

  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Amazon    Audible

  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

Amazon    Audible

  • Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers  by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur


  • Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey

Amazon    Audible

  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

Amazon    Audible

  • EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey

Amazon    Audible

  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins

Amazon    Audible

  • The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses  by Eric Ries

Amazon    Audible

  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

Amazon    Audible

  • How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by John Maxwell

Amazon    Audible

  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You  by John Maxwell

Amazon    Audible

  • 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

Amazon    Audible

  • Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller  by Napolean Hill

Amazon    Audible

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! By Robert Kiyosaki

Amazon    Audible

  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker

Amazon    Audible

  • The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

Amazon    Audible

  • The Richest Man In Babylon by George Clason

Amazon    Audible

  • Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis

Amazon    Audible    Podcast Version – Free

  • The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie

Amazon    Audible


  • The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Tony Schwartz

Amazon    Audible

  • Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei

Amazon    Audible

  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Amazon    Audible

  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Amazon    Audible

  • Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow

Amazon    Audible

  • First Things First by Stephen R. Covey

Amazon    Audible

  • 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

Amazon    Audible

  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

Amazon    Audible

  • The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller

Amazon    Audible

  • The E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It. By Michael Gerber – MUST READ

Amazon    Audible






  • The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself by John Jantsch

Amazon    Audible

  • 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

Amazon    Audible

  • The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz

Amazon    Audible

  • Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking by Andy Sernovitz

Amazon    Audible

  • The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki

Amazon    Audible

  • Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant-Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits, and Crush Your Competition by David Newman

Amazon    Audible

  • Guerilla Marketing: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business by Jay Conrad Levinson

Amazon    Audible

  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It  by Michael E. Gerber

Amazon    Audible

  • 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




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Website Recommendations


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.




ASHA Private Practice Webstore



Opening Your Own Practice?  Private Practice Section of APTA presentation.



Audiology Association Private Practice Articles



Advance Magazine PT and Rehab Private Practice Section



Advance Magazine OT Section




AOTA Manage Your Private Practice Page




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.




Business Structure’s Defined by APTA




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.



The Secret to Staying Married While Starting a Business: article.




How to Finance a Startup Today: 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.



US Chamber of Commerce Startup Kit 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)



Video Creation Tips by YouTube



Screen-Capture Lite: A free tool for recording the desktop screen.



Screencastify for Google Chrome browser. Free tool.



ScreenFlow for Mac



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Libreoffice A Microsoft Office free alternative. 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.



Google Adsense YouTube Channel




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.



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