22 January, 2017
Pursuing a career in healthcare does not mean that you can only earn from taking care of patients. You can combine your skills and experience to start a successful business that will supplement your income. You can start a business in healthcare or in any other field and still pursue your medical career. If you have thought of starting a business but do not know where to start, here are some great ideas to get you started.
1. Supply Patient Care Products
You probably have handled all types of medical equipment and patient care products in your profession. Your experience gives you an upper hand in this business because you know the best suppliers of quality products. You can supply products such as weighing scales, diapers, blood pressure monitors, and disinfectants among others to medical facilities.
2. Provide In-Home Nursing Care
Many patients with chronic diseases require medical attention every week and sometimes every day. Most of them prefer to have nurses checking their progress from home while others are too weak to go to the hospital. If you are a professional nurse, you can offer nursing services to such patients on your free hours. Alternatively, you can become a full-time family nurse.
3. Write Books
You have gained a lot of knowledge in healthcare from your training and experience. You can share your knowledge with others by writing and publishing books. Many people need information about their health but most medical textbooks are difficult to understand. You can translate the information in a simple language and present it in a way that anyone can understand. You do not have to publish lengthy textbooks. You can start by publishing short ebooks on common ailments and sell them online. Writing will also increase your knowledge as you search for relevant information for your books.
4. Open a Private Nursing Facility
One of the options after completing an online PNP program is to become a family nurse. The other viable option is to open a private nursing facility. The business idea is ideal if you do not want to visit patients in their homes. A nursing facility also enables you to attend to a higher number of patients in a day and earn more.
5. Become a Medical Scribe
A relatively new innovative job in the healthcare field, medical scribes work as personal assistants to physicians. You can either choose to work for a company that is already set up in this field, or start out on your own. Your role will give you one-on-one collaboration with physicians, and is a great stepping stone for those who want to fully train as a doctor one day.
A healthcare profession should not limit you to working at the bedside. You can start a side business and earn extra cash. If you are dissatisfied with your current job, you can quit and start any of the businesses outlined above. Some will require you to raise enough capital while others will require additional training depending on your current level of education.