Easy methods to Begin an Occupational Remedy Enterprise

Are you an occupational therapist seeking to begin your personal non-public occupational therapist follow or your personal occupational therapist enterprise? Shortages of certified occupational therapists and excessive demand has led to a shortage in Australia. An efficient and environment friendly enterprise mannequin may help shut this hole and supply care to many in want. 

Beginning a brand new enterprise may be overwhelming. You may be required to adjust to authorized insurance policies and laws while sustaining all of the monetary and administrative necessities of a enterprise. 

This text breaks down the required steps required to start out your very personal Occupational Remedy (OT) enterprise. This text additionally gives steerage on the right way to open an occupational remedy clinic and the right way to turn into a personal occupational therapist.

What’s an Occupational Remedy Enterprise

Occupational therapists (OTs) are healthcare professionals that present bodily remedy or holistic remedy to advertise an individual’s means to finish their day-to-day duties. These skills may need been hampered because of an accident, harm or could be a start situation. OTs work with the injured, sick, or disabled sufferers to assist them get well and enhance their means to finish each day duties.

Beginning an Occupational Remedy Enterprise: The Pre-Steps 

Earlier than you begin your personal occupational remedy enterprise it is advisable to full the next steps to make sure you have a powerful basis for what you are promoting:


Earlier than you begin what you are promoting, it is advisable to analysis if there are sufficient potential purchasers in your space, if the market is already saturated and if what you are promoting has an opportunity of surviving in a aggressive surroundings. Given {that a} franchise occupational remedy enterprise is new, you might be unlikely to have many opponents. Nevertheless, you must nonetheless conduct a 360 diploma overview of what you are promoting surroundings.


Additionally, you will must create a finance plan for what you are promoting. Working an occupational remedy enterprise can include excessive prices for tools, wage for particular person therapists, technicians, and so on. You possibly can finance what you are promoting utilizing private financial savings, loans or traders. Taking out loans places you in substantial debt however elevating cash from traders reduces your whole management over what you are promoting. Earlier than deciding your financing mannequin, you possibly can communicate to an knowledgeable to debate the most effective situation for you.

Create a Enterprise Plan

Helen Whait, the founding father of ActivOT, Australia’s first—and solely—non-public follow occupational remedy franchise, says

“With out planning, all the crew will battle for path.” 

You have to to create a marketing strategy which is able to comprise your competitor evaluation, target market, marketing strategy and targets, and so on. A very good marketing strategy can create a strong basis for the expansion of what you are promoting. Setting measurable targets for what you are promoting in your marketing strategy may aid you monitor your progress over time. 

A competitor evaluation outlines your current opponents, their strengths and weaknesses. Your target market lists the teams and demographics you imagine are more than likely to avail your providers. Recognizing this out of your analysis may help you create an environment friendly advertising and marketing plan. 

Discover a Location

Your occupational remedy enterprise would require a bodily location the place purchasers can come for remedy. You possibly can lease out a big area for a similar. 

Identify Your Enterprise

You have to a enterprise title so as to apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Register Your Enterprise

To function inside Australia, you’ll first must register for an Australian Enterprise Quantity (ABN). This quantity is what the federal government makes use of to establish what you are promoting, and is necessary for processes like tax and invoicing.

Enterprise construction and targets

Typically, new companies will take the type of a sole dealer, partnership or firm. How what you are promoting is structured will have an effect on how you’ll tackle debt, distribute income and pay tax.

  • Sole dealer: This could be a low-cost possibility for a person operating the enterprise. A sole-trader and their firm are thought-about the identical entity and therefore they’re accountable for the corporate’s money owed and obligations.
  • Partnership: A partnership is managed by two or extra individuals who additionally share the money owed and obligations of the corporate.
  • Firm: An organization has a fancy construction and might legally sue and be sued. In different phrases, it’s a authorized entity in itself. Firms are integrated underneath the Firms Act 2001 (Cth) and are ruled by the Australian Securities and Investments Fee (ASIC).

Hiring Workers 

Your occupational remedy facility might want to rent extra occupational therapists, administrative workers, technicians, cleaners, and so on. You possibly can rent these staff both as informal staff or full-time staff. A few of your choices are listed beneath:

  • Half-time staff: Half-time staff typically work for lower than 38 hours per week. They will nonetheless obtain some employment advantages, reminiscent of sick-leaves or annual leaves, on a pro-rata foundation. 
  • Full-time staff: Full-time staff work constantly for fastened pay, topic to vary on employer discretion. Typically full-time staff obtain all kinds of employment advantages reminiscent of sick leaves, medical health insurance, and so on. 
  • Impartial Contractors: Impartial contractors are freelancers or people who supply their providers for a set time frame to an organization for a set worth. 

Here’s a webinar on the right way to rent the best staff for what you are promoting.

Advertising and marketing Your Enterprise

There are just a few methods you need to use it to draw extra clients to what you are promoting. For instance:

  • Promoting: You can too use tv and print media to run ads about what you are promoting. 
  • On-line advertising and marketing: When you arrange what you are promoting, you also needs to create a web site together with your branding. You possibly can run adverts directing potential clients to your web site and generate curiosity in what you are promoting by way of Google adverts, Fb adverts, and so on.
  • Social Media: You can too attain your target market utilizing social media platforms reminiscent of Fb and Twitter.
  • Phrase of mouth: You can too promote what you are promoting at networking occasions and conferences.
  • Newsletters: You can too attain your viewers by way of newsletters or emails. However you ought to be conscious of the Spam Act 2003 (Cth) that offers with digital communications with clients. 

A advertising and marketing technique will aid you goal your target market in probably the most environment friendly means. Yow will discover out extra about advertising and marketing what you are promoting.

Occupational Remedy Enterprise and the Legislation

Beginning your personal occupational remedy enterprise can include its personal set of authorized obligations and necessities. Listed here are a few of the legalities to look into as you begin what you are promoting:

  1. Office well being & security: As a enterprise you’ll be anticipated to adjust to Australia’s office well being & security legal guidelines.
  2. Employment contracts: You would possibly rent assist to run your occupational remedy enterprise. Employment contracts can set the phrases of employment for you and your worker. 
  3. Privateness Coverage: You would possibly gather delicate shopper information, reminiscent of information on their well being circumstances. A privateness coverage can notify purchasers about the way you cope with their information, how it’s saved and disposed, and so on. 
  4. Rental lease settlement: You have to to lease a business area to function your occupational remedy enterprise. This can require a commercial lease agreement.
  5. Occupational Therapist Licence: You should be registered to practise as an occupational therapist in Australia. You could have undertaken your occupational remedy research at a World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) accredited establishment in Australia or New Zealand, or been deemed eligible for registration by the OTC in case of an abroad diploma. 

You possibly can discover extra authorized paperwork that you simply would possibly must kickstart what you are promoting on the Lawpath web site. 

Often Requested Questions

  1. How do I begin my very own occupational remedy enterprise?

You should be a registered occupational therapist to practise in Australia. Upon getting your licence, you can begin your occupational remedy non-public follow. Should you want to scale up what you are promoting, you possibly can crew up with a bunch of registered occupational therapists to offer secure care to purchasers. This text can present some steerage on the right way to begin your personal occupational remedy follow.

  1. Can occupational therapists work privately?

Sure, occupational therapists can practise privately. Occupational therapists work in a range of settings together with group well being centres, private and non-private hospitals, individuals’s properties, and so on.

  1. Are OTs in demand in Australia?

There’s a shortage of occupational therapists in Australia because of excessive demand. 

  1. How a lot does non-public occupational remedy price?

Occupational remedy can price ~ $500 for 120 minutes of service. Whereas it’s not low-cost, insurance coverage can offset prices in case of accidents and different well being circumstances.

How Lawpath Can Assist

At Lawpath, we may help information you thru beginning your personal occupational therapist enterprise. Rent a lawyer at the moment who may help you navigate the ins and outs of beginning an occupational remedy enterprise at the moment.