Ep.14 Learning the fundamentals of business with Jacinta McMahon

My guest this week is the true wild card of the Private Practice Secrets Podcast, Jacinta McMahon. Jacinta McMahon is the founder and director or Learning Fundamentals, a centre for children with a variety of learning difficulties. What makes Jacinta a wild card? Her background is primary teaching, rather than allied health!

Jacinta started as a primary school teacher in the catholic education system before going back to complete her post-graduate studies in learning disabilities. She then continued to work for catholic and independent schools in a coordinator capacity where she became increasingly frustrated by the lack of funding provided for children with difficulties. Thus, Learning Fundamentals was born in her home study and is now a thriving learning centre with a wait list of clients in Sandringham!

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Jacinta and I also get to talking about:

  • She talks us through that first moment moving from paid employment to working from home, for herself
  • Why she would like for her and people like her to be referred to as Educational Consultants rather than tutors
  • Her thought process around moving the office from home and her motivation behind this decision
  • Her motivations to go into business for herself, aside from the support of her dad who was a true source of inspiration
  • How long it took between making the decision to open the centre for the doors to open
  • Why she thinks that she could have done more planning around business aspect of opening the centre
  • What her biggest challenges were going into a new premises / business
  • Why outsourcing has saved her time and frustration
  • She walks us through her centre and her amazing team
  • The investment in relationships that her team has and how this makes Learning Fundamentals special
  • How she has such and incredible team without advertising for new staff
  • Growth, her goals and managing these
  • Her thoughts around setting up another centre to get rid of her waiting list
  • Where she gets her energy from
  • Building her business and team to a point where she can have Friday off and how to do it
  • Updating the policies and procedures manual and why it is a constant work in progress
  • Her plans for service expansion off the back of the budget release and what is in store for education
  • What her business has taught her
  • Her vision for the future and her thoughtful question for me!

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