Guest: Amanda Wiles, OTD, OTR/L

Topics we Uncorked:

  • Amanda’s previous episode of OT Uncorked
    • Listen here or find it on your podcast player
  • Starting a business, from the idea to the first client!
  • The post-professional OTD and how it helped her start her business
  • Amanda’s new business – Pediatric Therapy Partners
    • Mobile pediatric practice in Delaware and Maryland
    • Amanda’s core values:
      • Guided by child interests
      • Driven by collaborative partnerships with families
      • Informed by Research
    • PTP uses floor time, relationship-based models, and sensory integration as the basis for their interventions
  • Some things she considered when starting her business
  • Some initial steps she took after developing the basic idea for her business
    • Brainstorming the values and vision for the business
    • Embedding herself in entrepreneurship resources and content
    • Choosing a name and logo that captures your values
    • Registering the business with the state
    • Enrolling in Passport to Business
    • Seeking resources from the Small Business Administration
  • What about insurance?
  • Challenge of starting a new business – learning the acronyms! Here are a few to get you started:
  • Ready Set Treat
    • Facebook Academy
    • Ready Set Treat Book
      • Contains a checklist and timelines for starting a practice
  • Costs of starting a business: what up front costs did she “bootstrap” and what did she outsource?
    • Register the business
    • Design a logo (outsourced)
    • Get state/town/board licensure
    • Purchase HIPAA compliant email, phone, fax, storage services
  • Copy writing and website design
    • Linked In Learn 
      • Offers training on a wide range of technical and interpersonal skills
      • Amanda used their WordPress training
    • Frustrations of learning how to make a website!
    • Elementor plugin for WordPress “drag and drop”
    • CSS is the acronym of “Cascading Style Sheets” and is a computer language for laying out/structuring web pages
    • Making flyers and social media posts
    • Stock photos for marketing materials
  • The Mentee’s Guide: Making Mentoring Work for You (Book)
    • Think about your personal vision, seeing yourself in the future
    • Break down the small steps to reach your goal
    • Reflect on your journey and where you want to be
  • How OT theory contributes to her business plan
  • Her vision for the future of her business
    • Students! The future of our profession
  • CommunOT Discussion Board within your AOTA SIS 

Wine we Uncorked:

  • DIME Red Blend (70% Cab Sav, 30% Merlot)
    • Santa Barbara, 2016
    • My take: A new favorite! Highly recommend
      • Pros: Dark, red, rich flavor, well balanced between fruit and spice
      • Cons: None! Love it
  • Available Pinot Grigio  
    • Puglia, Italy
    • Her take: not too sweet, goes well with just about anything
  • Wine Profile Wheel 

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