How to Independently Contract Myself as a Speech Language Pathologist?

Updated July 12, 2018

Speech therapy is a burgeoning career field. There are more patients than therapists and medical and educational facilities have a need for more therapists. Speech language pathologist must use this demand to their advantage and contract out their services to the numerous locations that will be willing to pay them top dollar. This article will help teach you how to contract yourself as a speech pathologist.

How to Independently Contract Myself as a Speech Language Pathologist

Obtain your credentials as a speech pathologist. This requires a masters degree and to pass your praxis exam to get your rehabilitative license.

Create a business. Start by obtaining your business license and get a federal tax id. This will be needed for tax and billing purposes.

Get insured. An umbrella policy for your car and home may be the cheapest way to obtain liability insurance for your business. Make sure you get enough liability coverage in the event of a malpractice lawsuit.

Market yourself. There are several trade sites like the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) that patients and facilities use as a resource to locate local speech pathologists. You can also advertise in local newspapers.

Locate local regional centers that offer speech therapy. They constantly take applications for speech therapists and act as liaisons between patients and therapists.


For tax purposes you may want to use your car as a tax write off. Consult your tax professional. There are also other tax benefits that you may consider for being a contracted employee.

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Things Needed

  • Obtain credentials for speech pathologists
  • Business license
  • Insurance
  • Federal tax id number

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