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How OT Can Help Business Owners

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As an Occupational Therapist (OT) I work with:

  • Entrepreneurs and business owners who are in the early stages of transitioning from traditional employment roles into the vast new world of working yourself
  • Established business owners who want to reimagine their position in the marketplace, and
  • Business owners who are seeking to pivot their existing business into something that feels more aligned with their values, hopes and dreams for their life and work. 

So how are we different from a business strategist or even a business coach? I'll explain this using just one of the models of practice OT's often use. 

PERSON, ENVIRONMENT, OCCUPATION

I believe many self-employed people who looking for insight and support, focus more on specific business strategy because it gives us an opportunity to focus on a reason for our struggles that we can be somewhat comfortable with.

It's easier to say: I just need to learn [insert tech, strategy or process here] and my business will take off!

It's harder to say: I'm really struggling to implement the stuff I've already learned and I keep repeating the same habits. 

OT’s believe that our ability to participate in life to the level we want to, need to, or are expected to do, results from a dynamic relationship between a person, their occupations and roles, and the environments in which they live, work and play.

An OT working with you towards your business goals will always keep your entrepreneurial aspirations at the centre of everything we do, while also addressing deeper challenges that might be keeping you stuck.

Some of the things we might look at in each domain include:

PERSON - these are internal factors such as stress, overwhelm, sleep, self-doubt, self-awareness, fear, drive, motivation, belonging, and connectedness to name a few. When you're an entrepreneurial type, you're most likely to be in a position where the key predictor of your success is you, and the key person who takes responsibility if something doesn't work, is you.

I know how daunting it is to work on you, and I also know how helpful, aligned and freeing it can be. To learn more about why entrepreneurs experience significantly greater stress than employed people, see this blog post. 

ENVIRONMENT - These are factors that are more external but still very personal to you. It can be things that have shaped your personal story and your approach to life like cultural values, relationships and social supports (or lack of). Further, it might be financial well-being, economic supports, the physical environment you work in, technology and more. 

OCCUPATION - This is not just the title of your income-generating role. We all know entrepreneurial types have a somewhat difficult to define title. When we look at occupation it can also be the meaning you find in your work and your life roles, the way you structure your tasks, the tools you use, the resources at you have at your disposal, discovering more resources you may not have been aware of, and more.

So we incorporate business strategy and goals, but our work with you is far more holistic than that.

In my case, I use my lived experience as a business owner for the past decade, and my 17 years experience as an occupational therapist helping thousands of people engage in their most meaningful occupations, to inform my practice.   

If you're anything like me, the final month of December 2020 can deliver peaks and troughs from everything being completely amazing, to total overwhelm at how you're going to manage all the demands on your personal life and business life, and all of the expectations for what is going to be possible in 2021. 

If you'd like a place to land, and gather all your pieces into something coherent booking an Occupational Therapy Consultation might be for you. The best way to get in touch is via the email from on the "Contact Us" page, or via [email protected].  

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