Judging by comments from our readers, many of you have great, innovative ideas that you cannot always use in traditional workplaces. There are three ways to gain increased control of your practice:
1) Locate and get hired by a facility that honors your expertise and supports the kind of OT you want to provide. Fabulous, when it works!
2) Overcome resistance and gradually infuse great OT practices into settings that did not previously have them.
3) Start your own independent practice and control the quality and nature of your services.
Before you get the vapors and generate 500 reasons why you cannot start a private practice, let me just say that it’s OK to start very small and to take your time. Actually, that’s best. Also, it does not have to be all or nothing. In fact, giving up your day job one day to jump into a small business the next is not generally ideal.
Small is wonderful. Slow is fine. Part time is beautiful, too.
Not pursuing the career that you truly want and love is neither wonderful nor fine. Not fully developing your unique translation of authentic occupational therapy is a tragic loss for yourself and the many people who would have benefitted from your service.
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are well-positioned to be successful entrepreneurs. We offer services that are unique and valuable. We can craft novel and effective solutions to real-life problems. We are passionate about our work and emotionally connected to those we serve. Our clientele can access our services directly, without needing a physician’s referral.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of working with a few private clients, here are some initial baby steps to get you started:
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