As an experienced RSW you have had the opportunity to apply your education and refine your skills in different practical settings. You may be confident and ready to practice on your own.  On the other hand, you may still be wondering if a private practice is a good fit for your professional and personal goals. Before you start your career as a private practitioner we encourage you to reflect on some important aspects of private practice. Ask yourself:

  • What is my business model?
  • Where will I meet with my clients?
  • Which business costs are tax deductible?
  • What fees will I charge?
  • Am I mentally and financially prepared for an unpredictable income?

These questions deal with fundamentals of private practice and this section provides a brief overview to help RSWs start their business on the right foot.

Please take the time to explore the public resources aimed at small business start-ups in your area.  There are also many coaching and training resources or workshops that can help you launch your practice.

Helpful Links



5 Key Strategies for Starting and Growing a Successful Private Practice


Canadian Federation of Independent Business, see your province/territory for many small business tips and resources:


Building Your Private Practice


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