The allied health sector is all about caring, but often it’s the health of the caregivers themselves that’s overlooked or not handled as well.
In this episode I chat with Emma Small, an “entrepreneurial Occupational Therapist and co-founder of NSW-based company, Risk Managed.
Emma’s background is in working with people with disabilities and care organisations. After a number of years rehabilitating injured workers, she founded Risk Management with her business partner, Aideen Gallagher.
The company works with disability care organisations, consulting on health and safety and providing training to help keep support workers injury free so they can continue to provide quality care.
Her second time running a business means the “serial entrepreneur” has learned many valuable lessons. She has also gone on to write a book, Handle With Care: how to avoid injuries, reduce costs and become a provider of choice, coming soon.
In this episode:
Emma’s business background - working for herself
Being a “serial entrepreneur” - starting a new business for the second time and getting it right
Emma’s new business, Risk Managed
What it’s like working with a business partner and why Emma chose that the second time around
What Risk Managed is working towards - developing its services like training packages and packages aimed specifically at allied health professionals
Working with staff vs working alone
Finding the right staff - the importance of value
Emma’s time spent mentoring - offering casual work
Who’s on the Risk Managed team? Several Virtual Assistants, a full-full-time OT and a casual OT
How Emma found her Virtual Assistants - using Upwork to find the right fit
The benefits of using Upwork as a start-up business
What Emma’s learned from writing her book, Handle With Care: how to avoid injuries, reduce costs and become a provider of choice
Business 2.0. - The opportunities that come from writing a book
What Emma’s business has taught her - celebrate the small wins
Being a bold female business owner
“Being a ‘serial entrepreneur’ is the most important thing. I can’t imagine working for someone else ever again. I can only imagine owning my own business.” - Emma Small #AlliedHealth #BusinessOwner
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