Empowering Nurses at the Bedside and in Business

Is Starting A Nurse Owned Business Right For Me?

There’s never been a better time to start a business.  With the growth in technology and most people doing business online, many brick-and-mortar stores are going out of business and the days of those remaining are numbered.  Just look at our malls.  Many of the stores are closing because just about anything you need can be purchased through Amazon.

Starting a business is right for if …

  1. … you want to help people. Obviously, as a nurse, you would love to help people or you wouldn’t be a nurse.  You want to improve their lives, improve their health and improve their wellness.  You like to solve problems and listen to their complaints.  If this is you, then starting a business might be right for you.  Next, we just need to figure out how you want to help people.
  2. … you want to make money. As nurses, we rely on our hospital or our employer for a paycheck.  The only way to make more money is to work more.  But, as a nurse business owner, we get to make our own money and, would you believe that you can make a lot more money than as an employee.  For example, a legal nurse consultant who charges $200.00 an hour needs to bill only 10.4 hours a week to make over a $100,000.00 a year.
  3. … you want to work hard. Nursing is the hardest working profession on the planet and we have to deal with acutely ill patients, short staffing and lack of support as well as other travails.  We also can be exposed to bodily fluids of all kinds.  If you think you can just go and hang out your shingle and earn all this money, you’re wrong.  It takes drive, dedication and persistence.  You are going to fall down and skin your knees but you get to get back up and start all over again.  It is the best personal growth on the planet and the more that you learn and develop yourself, the more successful you will be.

You want to start a business but now is not the right time.  So, when is the right time?  There is never a right time.  There will always be something that gets in the way of you following your dreams because, as humans, we are designed to stay in our comfort zone.  Anything that gets us out of our comfort zone is scary.

Make the commitment that you want to start your business now.  Have a vision of what you want to create and then go for it.

I’m afraid of risk.  As nurses we are reliant on our job to pay our bills.  But, as a business owner, we rely on hitting the pavement and letting people know who we are, and asking them to work with us.

As nurses, we are lucky many of us work 12-hour shifts and have 3 or 4 days a week to devote to our business.  I suggest you build the plane as you fly and dedicate yourself to doing 3 small things each day that are going to move you closer to your dreams of being a successful business owner.

I don’t like doing the accounting, billing and legal work (for the business).  It doesn’t matter whether you know how to do accounting, legal work, or billing.  At first, you will be the chief, cook, and bottlewasher.  But when you become successful will be able to hire someone else to perform these services, thereby devoting more time to do what you love.

Owning your own business is the most rewarding experience in the world.  It gives you the freedom over time and money because you know that if you need more money, you just find another client.  Or, if you want to take a day off, you can.  The freedom and flexibility are the best.  No more working 12-hour shifts.  No more bedpans.  No more hurting your back walking on concrete floors.  No more working holidays and weekends.

If you have a dream to own your own business, when is now a good time to start?  If you would like a complimentary strategy session to go from Nurse to Nurse Business Owner, check out www.CallWithLorie.com so we can schedule a time to chat.


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