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Starting a Private Practice Part 1

presented by Denise Dougherty, MA, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Denise Dougherty receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Denise Dougherty is a Past President AAPPSPA –American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology •Quality Insights of Pennsylvania.

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Is private practice an option for you? Many speech pathologists have taken the leap into the world of private practice and been successful. This endeavor requires time, commitment and resources. Private practice is not for everyone - is it for you? This two part course series will provide you with a road map and resources to utilize in developing your business, whether you choose to practice full time or part time. With a strong foundation and a plan, your can avoid the financial and management pitfalls. Learn the ins and outs of creating a business plan that works for you! Part one focuses on determining whether starting a private practice is right for you, and first steps to take if you determine it is the right choice.

Meet Your Instructor

Denise Dougherty, MA, CCC-SLP

Denise Dougherty owns a private practice in Indiana, PA. Ms. Dougherty was an adjunct faculty member at York College of Pennsylvania and Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. She is a past President of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA), received the Academy's 2007 Honor Award for her achievements and…

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1. Is Private Practice Right for Me?

Before you make the leap into opening a business, you need to look at yourself – your strengths, weaknesses and be honest! Private practice requires time, energy, and money. Can you commit to the process of moving forward?

2. I’m Determined – Now What?

Once you have determined this is for you, one must look at finances. Developing a business takes financial resources and capital. Where will you find the money necessary to get your business off the ground?

3. Whom Do I Need to Talk to?

It is critical to make the most of your professional consultations. We don’t know what we don’t know. What business professionals should you seek out and why? Consults may cost you money now but it can save you money later!

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