Success Story: Luke and Hollie Barber of HomeSpeechHome and Word Vault

There is wisdom in the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

No matter how wise the saying may be, it can still be difficult to “lay a brick every hour.”

The phrase itself is a reminder that it takes time to build something great. Whether it is a habit, your body, or your business.

My name is Luke Barber.

I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and 5 years ago my wife Hollie and I co-founded 


Luke and Hollie Barber of

When I began my journey, I knew I wanted to help others and I wanted to do more. I didn’t know what “more” was, or how much “more” needed to be.

If you’re still reading this you have probably felt the same way.

After some thought, I realized my “more” was to help “more than what my work day allows me to do”.

Since starting from nothing in 2010 our website has received over 1.5 million visitors and we’ve had more than 115,000 app downloads.

Our mission has been to “Provide the best digital speech therapy resources on the web.”

Now I’m not saying this to brag, you probably aren’t interested in starting an internet business. Heck, you might be the type of person who starts dry-heaving if someone even mentions the word “technology”.

But that doesn’t matter.

What matters is that you “lay your bricks”.

Whether you’re on the first day or the three hundred and first day…

Whether you’re reading page 1 or 111 of the Independent Clinician Guide to Private Patients

Whether you have 1 client or 50…

…build your empire (business) everyday.

It takes time to build and create great things.

That was the story with our most recent app Word Vault Essential.

We began laying the groundwork for it in October 2013. We worked on it all of 2014 and it was finally available as a free downloadable app just last month (January 2015). 

It took 8 months to finalize the design, 9 months to hand select images, 4 months to record all of the audio recordings, 3 months to create the phrases, sentences, and stories, and 4 months to get programmed.

Some of this work overlapped of course, but I won’t lie to you…

…there were many days that I said to myself “This is never going to happen” and “I’m never going to get this done.”

But I didn’t give up.

And neither should you.

Doubt will creep in.

Worry may too.

But always keep your end goal in mind.

Maybe you’ve always dreamed of opening/owning your own clinic. Maybe you want to serve more people. Maybe you’re tired of your boss. Maybe you want to break away from the 9 to 5 (or later) grind. Or maybe you just want a little extra spending money.

Whatever your reason for wanting to see private clientele is…

…keep that as your motivation.

Starting and running your own business isn’t easy, but as the saying goes “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

There are many people in the world that can benefit from your expertise.

You can help them.

Don’t let anything stop you.

Work hard.

You can do it.

Bookmark this page, and anytime you feel like quitting, come back, read this article…

…then keep going.

All the best.


Luke and Hollie Barber are married speech-language pathologists who live in Florida. Luke works full-time in an elementary school and Hollie provides private therapy to clients at home.

To learn more about them, visit their website:

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