Travel SLP Adds Private Practice and Grows Her Income with Laura Shaw

Travel SLP Adds Private Practice and Grows Her Income with Laura Shaw


For the 200th episode of Private Practice Success Stories, I am sharing a very special interview!

Laura Shaw started her private practice in one of the most innovative ways ever. She started while she was a travel SLP, which helped exponentially grow her income on the side while traveling for work. 

Laura was a student of my Start Your Private Practice program and my Grow Your Private Practice program, and in this episode, she shares why she chose travel therapy, how she decided to get private clients on the side, how she started her blog, and how she’s grown her private practice. 

If you’ve been thinking about adding private practice as a side hustle, either as a traveler or on the side of your regular job as a way to grow your income, this is a must-listen episode.

Laura is an SLP with a passion for all things speech pathology. Unable to pick just one setting to work in, Laura jumped into the world of travel therapy after her CF and experienced as much as she could—from inpatient and outpatient, to schools, SNFs, and early intervention. 

After discovering that no one setting would ever give her the flexibility, freedom, and financial stability she wanted, she decided to dip her toes into the world of private practice. Laura built her practice as a side gig initially, but after turning a school-based travel position into a contracting job through her practice, she hasn’t looked back! 

Additionally, Laura is the owner of The Travel SLP, a community focused on connecting and educating current, future, and former travel SLPs.  


In Today’s Episode, We Discuss:


  • Travel therapy
  • Why Laura started seeing clients on the side
  • How she created multiple streams of income
  • The way that she created her dream private practice
  • School contracts
  • How the Grow program helped her level up
  • The unexpected way she gets referrals


Before I had Laura on one of the panels for the Start Your Private Practice program, I didn’t realize that the job that she was seeing private clients on the side of was her traveling SLP job. This was basically the most creative way to date that I have ever heard of people exploding their income. 

Laura is a kind person and an amazing clinician who found a super creative way to earn exponentially more than she would be able to in traditional settings. If you want to learn more from her, make sure to visit her website and follow her on Instagram. 

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