About Nigel and Therapy Entrepreneurs

Hi, I’m Nigel.

At a glance, I am:

  • a trained occupational therapist, specializing in hand and upper limb rehabilitation, graduated with my diploma from Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore) in 2005 and subsequently from University of Sydney’s degree conversion in 2008.
  • owner and founder of a $65 startup freelance therapy to a 7-figure therapy business with multiple clinics and dozens of the best therapists and front counter staff which was eventually acquired by a larger health company (most important information for this site’s readers)
  • an income investor, investing in high quality, safe and reliable dividend stocks for passive income
  • a husband to a wonderful wife Louise, who is a senior spine physiotherapist and also co-founder and partner in many of my ventures
  • a father to my wonderful, beautiful children (thank you God and Louise)
  • a son/son-in-law, brother/brother-in-law to my family
  • a friend
  • a Christian who loves Jesus

I am also the author and founder of TherapyEntrepreneurs.com.

Here in Therapy Business Advisor, I teach and show therapists how to build, grow and scale profitable and fun therapy businesses that revolve around their values and goals, not the other way round. This can apply to a therapist that prefers the hassle-free and simple one-therapist business, or the aspiring one who wants to build a six- or seven-figure therapy business. Or scale and sell for X amount of multiples.

I can show you how.

I know, because I started from nothing (fine, I had $65 to start the company) with almost zero cash. I had no network to tap on, as I was a foreigner from Malaysia that went to Singapore to study, and all my family and friends were in Malaysia.

I had no childhood, primary school, secondary school or tertiary school friends I could tap on for network or support.

I was alone.

…but in a sense, I wasn’t that alone too: I had my wife, my and my wife’s family support, and we made friends with doctors and friends along the way that helped us a lot. Their support is always taken with deep gratitude, as we’d come a long and hard way.

Because of this, I find that I take a different approach than most “experts” out there:

I don’t like to lecture or make you sweat on saving a couple of dollars here and there, or to pursue short-term tactics.

Not interested.

I’m only interested in putting 5-10 Big Wins in place, and this big wins are basically strategic and recurring installations that will give you 60-80% of what you’re looking for.

The 5-10 big wins are worth tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Once you have those in place, your therapy business can (and will grow) to six or seven figures (whatever your target is for your therapy business).

I give away 98% of my material for free, and I aim to make my free material better than anyone else’s paid stuff.

I know you have a lot of choices in who you read, so I know I have to earn your trust with every post I make. If you’re curious, here’s a little bit about me.

From loser, bottom-rung therapist to running seven-figure therapy business with great therapists AND clients on waitlist

Since I came from a middle income family, the only way I could offload my parents financial burden was to pay my own way, and I applied to more than 10+ scholarships. My hard work paid off and I got a bursary scholarship to study, and it supported my daily expenses, and my parents helped with my yearly school fees (thanks mom and dad).

Graduating in 2005 as an occupational therapist was the start of my life as a therapist, and my paychecks then was a grand total of $1700. Minus off CPF, and I was taking home like $1360 per month. Minus of rent, food, utilities and money to parents, and there is little left to save or invest. I had to loan money occasionally (thanks Julia) to tide me through. Gosh, it was really hard then.

The Biggest Elephant In The Room

Most if not my therapist colleagues and seniors always say stuff like this:

  • we knew that being therapists, there’s little money in service industry, much less health service industry
  • we are cash poor but we’re doing such noble work and helping people be pain free and move better, and that’s enough for me
  • we have to budget and keep to what we earn right? (and not earn more right)
  • etc

That’s the biggest elephant in the room.

No one would talk about how to make more money as therapists, every therapist I knew just accepted it as-is, like that’s the only way.

I couldn’t accept it. As an employee, with whatever I was earning, and with calculations projected to the next 30 years of my life, I cannot live a good life, buy a house, afford children.

Even being single would still be hard.

That’s when I decided to learn how money works, and I knew I needed to build and grow profitable therapy businesses and I wanted to be a rich therapist.

There is little information out there for therapists to build strong, profitable and fun therapy businesses, and I was certainly sure there are many therapists out there who wish to have more control over their lives and finance and who wants to have their own therapy businesses.

I want to live a better life as a therapist.

Yes, I want my patients to get well, better and achieve awesome outcomes, but I need to have a better life too.

I wanted to earn more using the skills, experience and expertise that I already have that clients are already paying money for. I know that there is a better way to earn money as therapists: if we could use tried and tested psychology and processes focused on what that works.

That’s why since 2008, Therapy Entrepreneurs has always been on my mind, a place for consolidating my research, testings and sharing my findings on starting, growing and scaling profitable therapy businesses since.

about therapy entrepreneurs logo

This is a very simple logo, with:

  • Red Arrow that signifies progress, energy, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire and love.

  • THERAPY ENTREPRENEURS are in bold, because that's what this business is dedicated to, and for: therapy business owners and entrepreneurs.
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