Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Brittany Avera, Founder of Practical Speech Therapy, located in Alpharetta, GA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Practical Speech Therapy is a private pay practice that provides individualized and meaningful speech/language evaluations and therapy in the clinic, online, and in the community. We see children, teens, and adults with communication disorders such as stuttering, speech sound disorders, language processing difficulties, speech and language delays, executive functioning difficulties such as planning and organizing tasks, and social language disorders. Practical Speech Therapy strives to provide practical, relevant, and meaningful activities to improve communication skills and independence.

Tell us about yourself

I have been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2010 in multiple settings, including a skilled nursing facility, private practice, Early Intervention, and public schools. I have extensive experience working with all types of individuals with communication challenges, and I wanted to start my own practice for flexibility in my schedule to spend more time with my family and I wanted to provide quality therapy without the restrictions of insurance companies and countless meetings and unrealistic expectations in the schools. My husband and 2-year-old daughter motivate me every day to be the best business owner and person I can be. I want to set an example to my daughter that she can do hard things and do them well.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Honestly, my biggest accomplishment is starting my business while I was working full-time in the schools and raising a toddler. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, which couldn't be more true. Fear is worse than most things we endure and are capable of. If we all push through that fear and do what we really want to do in life, we will be happier and healthier for it.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Decision-making. You are the one who makes all the hard decisions, and sometimes they can be great ones, and other times they aren't so great, and that's all on you.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Just do it.
  2. Talk to others that have done this before. Ask them questions, take notes, and learn from their mistakes.
  3. Don't take things personally. Keep your eye on the goal; if something doesn't align with that goal, deal with it professionally and keep pushing through. Build resilience.

Where can people find you and your business?


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