Amanda never saw herself working as an occupational therapist assistant, let alone as a martial arts instructor. Yet Amanda was a natural caregiver, having grown up assisting her sister with spinal bifida. And she found herself enjoying the health benefits of mixed martial arts in her adult years. So when an opportunity came for Amanda to teach martial arts to a class of special needs children, she found it to be a perfect combination of her two passions that she could do for the rest of her life. Listen as Amanda shares how she began Amanda’s Adaptive Martial Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching martial arts to children with special needs.
Business Tips from Amanda:
1. Find out where your customers go for information.
“[A lot of referrals came from] social media. There’s a lot of Facebook groups specifically for these kinds of activities and the parents of kids with special needs will look on those groups for ideas for their kids.
2. How do you keep from being overwhelmed?
“I get overwhelmed all the time (laughs). I keep my eyes on the goals and it really takes a lot of discipline. The to-do list never ends.”
3. What advice would you give small business owners?
“If it’s something you are passionate about and you’re willing to work really hard for it, go for it.”
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