With years of experience in therapy and business, Marga Grey, Occupational Therapist and the CEO of CoordiKids, shares her valuable learnings from her journey to building her practice, developing her programs and writing her books.
As a passionate individual who loves what she does but also gives importance to time with family, she shares her secrets to juggling life as a mum and a professional at the same time. It is no wonder that she has accomplished so much in her practice and has felt emotionally and financially fulfilled.
“I think I have created something that can help many children. I’m in the process of giving this program to an orphanage to teach kids in South Africa. I will be very proud if I can make a difference in those kids. From a business point of view, I am proud about the program I made because I will be able to help more people when they use the program.” – Marga Grey
Here are some things you can do:
- Be passionate about what you do.
It’s important to be passionate and love what you do to keep you motivated and going. This is where you draw your strength and cause from to go through each day. Like Marga, her work makes her happy because she is able to help children not just where she is but all over the world.
- Separate your professional and personal life.
Reflect and think about the most important things to you. Your business can easily be replaced, but time with your family is something that you can’t get again. Have that balance between work and family.
In Marga’s experience, differentiated workspaces were a must. She also made sure to stick to a plan of stopping work at 4 PM in order to have more time for her children. It’s important to leave work in the workplace and time at home is for family.
- Work according to clear goals, strategies and plans. Book everything in advance.
Everything in your life should be booked in advance – work, personal time, family holidays, coffee dates with friends. These bookings should be made 4-5 weeks in advance so you have a schedule. And follow it.
You should also have a big goal in front of you, little goals, big goals, weekly or monthly goals – whatever works for you.
- Build your network. Treat others as partners, not as competition.
“ I have never been and I will never be in competition with other private practices or with other allied health professionals. I just want to collaborate, learn from them, and share what I have learned.” This is how Marga built her network. She created interest groups throughout the years that consisted of OTs and other allied health professionals and attended many meetings and trainings to get support from peers and colleagues.
We are in the business of relationships. We have naturally occurring networks in the work that we do. Word of mouth is important to our business and so is online digital marketing.
It is also so important to look after your clients and provide excellent service, interact, get feedback and make that connection all the time.
- Continuously educate yourself.
We cannot stay stagnant. We need to continuously educate ourselves. Especially in the business side of things because it’s not usually integrated in our skills as allied health professionals. Enrol yourself in business courses and private practice courses that you think will help you out.
- Keep going
“The main thing I have learned in business and life is “keep going”. Make sure you know where you’re going and keep going. You need to believe in what you’re doing. You have to gain knowledge, experience and self-confidence that you know where you’re going. You’ll get there.”