Before you start your own occupational therapy business, there are many questions to ask and steps to take.
As an owner and manager of two six-figure businesses with 2 different business structures, industries, and totally different formats. A multidisciplinary therapy practice with occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and developmental therapy, and also as a business owner within the franchise system, I know it is hard to know where to begin.
Here are 6 Steps to Start an Occupational Therapy Private Practice
1. Pick a Business Name
What type of occupational therapy business will you have? Pick a name that clearly explains who are, who you working with, and a name that can grow with your business.
2. Register your Business with Your State
Make it legal. There are several types of business structures to consider. Sole Proprietor, LLC, PLLC, S-corp, and C-corp.
Pick one that works with your business plan and your state regulations
3. Opening a Clinic or Home Based?
This choice to be either a clinic-based or home-based business is crucial and can steer a lot of future decisions.
4. Currently Working as an OT and want to Start your OT Business on the Side?
Check if you signed a non-compete clause at your current employer. Not all are valid or enforceable. But I would recommend you read it and then consult a lawyer if necessary.
5. Open a Business Bank Account
It is always best to not mix business and personal funds. So once you have an official business entity, open a bank account.
It is also recommended to get a business credit card. I prefer the business ink cards from Chase.
6. Make a Logo
Now for some fun! A logo and branding for your business are really important. Make sure you make a logo in colors that you like and represent your business vision.
I like Fiverr for hiring someone to make your logo. But you can also make it yourself with Canva.
This is a starting list of action items when starting a therapy business. It is in no way complete, but it will help get you started. Check out this list of great podcasts on OT businesses!
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Looking for a different type of OT business to start? Check out How to Start a Mommy and me Class for developmental professionals.