Within the medical industry, there are many opportunities available for nurses. However, if you are a registered nurse who has grown tired of working for somebody else and believe that you can service a demographic; starting a nursing services business could be a career move that proves both lucrative and rewarding.
Starting your own business offering a nursing service is one of the best ways to use your prior qualifications and career choice to start your own business and become your own boss.
Conduct Market Research
Today, the health care industry is becoming more and more competitive, therefore before branching out and starting up again on your own, conduct careful market research to ensure that your business is going to thrive. In order to do this, you may need to consider moving to another area or perhaps even another state in order to set up your business somewhere where there is a high demand for the services that you provide. Or, you could determine which nursing services are lacking in your area and aim to learn more about them.
If you are starting a business offering nursing services you will need to be qualified to quite a senior level. If you have qualified with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, you may need to go back to school and gain a postgraduate education in order to be taken seriously for licensing and business funding. For example, if you are planning to start a business which offers family nursing services, you will need to qualify as a family nurse practitioner first. You can do this through a range of online nurse practitioner programs, such as those offered at Bradley University. Studying online will give you the added flexibility to continue working as a nurse whilst you further your education and plan your business.
Develop a Business Plan
Although up until now your main duties have been as a nurse, you will also need to start thinking like an entrepreneur. You may want to enlist the help of business consultants and advisors to get your business up and running and assist with putting together a business plan; or you could even consider taking a business course yourself so that you can be more hands-on. Developing a business plan is one of the most important steps that you will need to take when getting funding for and making important decisions regarding your business.
Medical businesses are subject to heavy licensing and regulation, and without the correct licenses and permits your company could be shut down quickly and you may even face criminal charges. Along with making sure that you have all of the required training, licenses and permits as a nurse to offer your chosen services to patients, it’s also essential to obtain the right business permits, from your county clerk or Secretary of State.
A nurse’s training can provide a great base for medical business entrepreneurship. If you’re hoping to continue your nursing career but become your own boss, there are many great opportunities.