Who Wants To Be An Entrepreneur? I Do!

Published November 1, 2000

How To Do It

Dennis C. Zuelke, professor of educational administration at Alabama’s Jacksonville State University, is the author of Educational Private Practice: Your Opportunities in the Changing Education Marketplace, a guidebook for entrepreneurs in the education industry.

Writing from the perspective of his own experience in educational private practice, Zuelke provides an account of the practices, procedures, and techniques that a practitioner could adopt to help make the private practice a success. While providing information to help entrepreneurs succeed, the book also contains some important and sobering lessons to help avert failure. If those lessons are not learned, the budding entrepreneur could face business failure and loss of investment capital.

The book is designed to be helpful to all educators in elementary and secondary education who are interested in an alternative to working as employees of school systems. A final chapter enables the reader to become acquainted with other private practitioners, their businesses, and the network of human resources available for educator-entrepreneurs.

‘While private practice is risky and hard work, it is a professionally rewarding endeavor,’ says Zuelke.

Educational Private Practice may be ordered from Rowman & Littlefield at 717/794-3800 or from the company’s Web site at www.rowmanlittlefield.com.. The book costs $39.95 per copy plus $4.00 for shipping. There is a 15 percent discount on orders placed through the Web site.

People Who Did It

Who would want to give up secure public-sector employment as a teacher, guaranteed pay raises, generous health benefits, and a generous pension–not to mention an almost three-month-long summer break? Donald L. Leisey and Charles W. Lavaroni have written a book that chronicles the lives of 22 educators who gave up the security of the public sector to build successful businesses to improve education.

The book, The Educational Entrepreneur: Making a Difference, profiles educational entrepreneurs who have created products and services such as tutoring, child care, charter schools, and educational travel, plus educational software, educational materials retailing, and educational publishing. All began with a good idea and a firm determination to make the idea work.

Some of the educational pioneers profiled are Jim Boyle of Illinois, founder of Ombudsman Educational Services; Beverly Steward Cox of Delaware, founder of Back to Basics Tutoring Services; Randy Gaschler of California, founder of Innovative Education Management; and Robert E. Kreischer, founder of Mounds Park Academy.

The Educational Entrepreneur is available from the Edupreneur Press at 415/459-6019, email [email protected], or from the Press’s Web site at www.edentrepreneurs.com. The book costs $14.95 per copy plus $3.20 for shipping the first copy and $1.60 for each additional copy. California residents must add the appropriate sales tax.