Tell us about your entrepreneurial product or service.
My pediatric occupational therapy business provides assessment and remediation services to help struggling young writers mastery their handwriting skills. In an effort to advance the awareness and competency of handwriting assessment and remediation skills for occupational therapists, as well as teacher-based skill development and enhancement strategies, I offer professional development workshops to OTs and teachers.
What inspired you to launch your business idea?
After 13+ years as a pediatric occupational theraist, I found it necessary to avoid the physically taxing demands of clinic and hospital based OT. In an effort to turn this unfortunately situation into a positive one, I turned my passion for handwriting mastery into a small business venture. The overwhelming demand for OT-based handwriting services proved to be the venue I was looking for!
What problem does your business or organization solve?
Handwriting skills can be the deciding factor for a child’s educational success. Poor handwriting skills have been proven to cause a student to fall behind his peers, resulting in progressively poorer grades each year as the literacy demands increase. Literacy factors, such as letter recognition and visual memory skills, are those that affect reading, handwriting, and most every aspect of a child’s educational experience. Some students who struggle with handwriting skills are not receiving OT services in school. Their teachers and parents struggle to help them without the benefit of OT. My business provides the bridge to close the gap between poor handwriting skills and literacy success.
What has been your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur and how are you working to overcome it?
My biggest challenge as a small-business owner, and a “one-woman show,” is to market effectively on a very small budget! I have expoited the free social media venues and continue to work toward expanding my networking to help me learn new strategies. I provide free workshops for teachers on handwriting skills in my local community to spark interest and awareness in handwriting. I have been an active blogger for 5+ years and have been able to spread my knowledge and enhance the competency of others through my blogs, both on my site and as a frequent guest blogger on other sites.
Give us one word that people might use to describe you.
How has Project Eve helped you and/or your business?
I began to follow Project Eve on Twitter as I explored my interest in writing (as a blogger). I found the blogs and shares to be enlightening and they sparked my interest in pursuing a membership with Project Eve. I look forward to learning and sharing with Project Eve members.
Give us an insider tip that relates to your industry or startup story.
“If you believe someting to be possible, it is. If you believe it to be impossible, it is.” Small business ventures, on a small budget, are within reach if we reach out to our communities – social and local – for help. There are many free resources for advice and information. Taking the time to do the research, to understand our skills and limitations, and to locate those who can enhance our success is the first step in finding success. And, the next best first step, is to share what you’ve learned!
Company: Handwriting With Katherine
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