The SLP Entrepreneur: The Speech-Language Pathologist’s Guide to Private Practice and Other Business Ventures

First Edition

Sonia Sethi Kohli, Adrienne Wallace

Details: 240 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-385-2

© 2023 | Coming Soon

Release Date: 09/01/2022


Available for purchase starting 08/04/2022

This resource-packed, functional, and inspirational professional guidebook provides SLPs and related professionals, such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, and psychologists, with a go-to manual for their ambitions of entrepreneurship. The SLP Entrepreneur: The Speech-Language Pathologist’s Guide to Private Practice and Other Business Ventures is a practical blueprint for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and other professionals, such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, and psychologists, who are interested in starting their own private practice, SLP-related business, or expanding their current business model. Utilizing the co-authors’ extensive clinical, corporate, and mentoring expertise, this text sets readers up for personal and professional success by offering user-friendly and meaningful tools.  

Unlike traditional “how-to” manuals, The SLP Entrepreneur takes readers on a journey from their vision of starting a business to making it into a reality. This book is filled with relevant resources, checklists, and self-guided exercises that will jumpstart readers on their journey of entrepreneurship by equipping SLPs looking to open a private practice or SLP-related business, as well as helping established business owners evaluate their current business practices. The authors provide frameworks for budgeting, marketing, and growing your business in an easy-to-follow format. This must-have handbook also inspires readers to think outside the box and create dynamic new business opportunities that challenge the status quo, while still using their innate clinical expertise.

To supplement the concepts conveyed in the text, the authors have included interviews and profiles from over 35 SLP entrepreneurs and other related business professionals. Whether you are on embarking on the path of establishing a private practice or discovering ways to utilize your clinical expertise through a non-traditional business endeavor, this book will help you get started on the journey of entrepreneurship. The SLP Entrepreneur will guide you through mindset shifts, provide you with tangible steps related to operating or expanding any business, and ease you into the transformation from a clinical professional to an entrepreneur.

Key Features 

  • Comprehensive text that addresses all aspects of business ownership while still providing thorough details and tangible application exercises for each topic
  • Specific content related to opening your traditional private practice or telepractice business, including setting fees and insurance credentialing
  • A full chapter devoted to marketing, including how to identify your target audience, design a website, and leverage social media
  • Alternative SLP business endeavors, including corporate speech pathology (accent training, presentation skills coaching), blogging, creating content, and selling products 
  • A master checklist to keep you on track toward starting your business, in addition to a bolded glossary of terms for easy reference in each chapter
  • 25+ professional profiles and first-hand accounts of successful SLP entrepreneurs
  • Insights related to owning and operating your business from related industry professionals in marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, and more
  • Easy to read with how-to steps for starting and growing your dream business
  • 25+ printable templates on the PluralPlus companion website 
  • Lay-flat binding allows you to easily write directly in the book and use it as your go-to business resource



Chapter 1. Embarking on the Journey of Entrepreneurship: Getting Ready to Take the First Step

Chapter 2. Establishing a Framework for Your Business: Creating your Mission, Vision, and Business Plan

Chapter 3. Thinking Like an SLP Entrepreneur: Mindset Matters related to Executive Presence and Self-Care

Chapter 4. Building a Traditional Private Practice: Elements of a Conventional Practice

Chapter 5. Venturing into Alternative Business Endeavors: Opportunities for Expansion and Creative Ways to Capitalize Your SLP Expertise

Chapter 6. Marketing Your Business: An Introduction to Marketing, Networking, and Branding

Chapter 7. Sustaining Your Business Practices and Cultivating Long-Term Growth

Chapter 8. Looking Ahead and Learning from Established SLP Entrepreneurs: Inspirational Stories and Profiles of Successful SLP Entrepreneurs


Sonia Sethi Kohli

Sonia Sethi Kohli, MS, CCC-SLP is a multilingual Speech-Language Pathologist and Communication Success Coach who has served in a variety of settings/roles with extensive clinical and corporate experience. She currently owns and operates her private practice in the greater Chicago area which has two distinct divisions – a clinical division, Global Speech and Swallow, LLC, which provides speech-language/cognitive-communicative/feeding-swallowing/voice-airway diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to culturally & linguistically diverse patient populations ranging from infancy through geriatric, and a corporate SLP/professional communication training division, The Global Speech Suite, which offers individuals and organizations customized training programs focusing on presentation skills/public speaking, accent modification, leadership communication/executive presence, cross-cultural communication, interview skills, and more. She is also Co-Founder of The Communication Collective, online communication enrichment & leadership development programming for children & teens. Beyond presenting on SLP/communication-related topics through speaking engagements at local, national, and international arenas, she is a Past President and continues to serve on the Executive Board of The Corporate Speech Pathology Network (CORSPAN), and serves as a business advisor for individuals and organizations. Sonia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a Minor in Spanish from Illinois State University and a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences (Speech-Language Pathology) from Rush University.

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Adrienne Wallace

Adrienne Wallace, MBA, M.S., CCC-SLP is the owner of Online Speech Services LLC, which provides online communication coaching, speech therapy, and resources for parents and SLPs through direct services and her website, The Interaction Coach. Using over 10 years of experience in telepractice, Adrienne created a telepractice blog, Telepractice Tools, and provides consulting, webinars, online courses, and materials to help others add telepractice to their service delivery offerings. She has done several presentations at the ASHA Convention on effective telepractice service delivery and has served on the ASHA Convention Telepractice Topic Committee. Adrienne has a Master's in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Penn State University and a Master's in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition to providing regular training seminars and consultation with other SLPs, she is also an adjunct instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Montclair State University where she teaches courses in management and entrepreneurship.

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