How much sacrifice did it take to get where you are?
- How many years of study?
- How many hours of hard work?
- How many dollars invested?
Wouldn’t it be a shame if you had to give it all up? Just because you want to branch out or do something different?
Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to turn your back on your clinical education, knowledge, or experience.
Far from it!
You have a unique advantage. You can easily leverage your clinical background into a non-clinical business or side hustle… if that’s what you want to do.
And that’s an advantage many business owners don’t have.
But what do I mean by leveraging your experience?
Here’s what I mean…
You can easily start a non-clinical business or a side hustle, building on your existing knowledge and experience.
Here are just a few examples of what you could do…
- Start a health, wellness, or life coaching business
- Build a consulting agency working with insurance companies, legal teams, retirement homes, or corporations
- Become a formal health writer
- Start a blog and write about health/medical topics
- Start speaking on health and medical issues
- Start a health information publishing company
- Start a billing company
Can you see how you might take your current expertise and use it to start a non-clinical business?
What Is Your Focus?
The big question is this, what type of non-clinical business do you want to start?
To find your answer, let me suggest you start by looking at your clinical background.
If you’ve been working with kids for the past twenty years, perhaps you could start a non-clinical business focused on children. You might consult with daycare facilities, school districts, or even support groups for parents.
Or, let’s say you’ve been working with geriatrics for years. Wouldn’t it make sense to leverage that experience?
Perhaps you could start a consulting business working with retirement communities or long-term care facilities? Alternatively, you could write for publications, publish your own books, or write your own blog.
But what if you’re burned out and ready for a new challenge?
That’s not a problem either.
Because your expertise and experience are part of you and you can leverage it to build any non-clinical business. Focusing on your clinical background may make it a bit easier to get started, that’s all.
Let me assure you that you’re not limited by what you’ve done in the past. At the same time, let me suggest you do a bit of “soul searching” before you set out to start a business, clinical or non-clinical.
What Are Your Reasons?
Take a good look at your reasons for wanting to start a business. What is it you want to do and why is it important to you?
It’s important you know where you are, where you want to go, and why you want to go there. The greater your clarity about your goals and objectives, the easier it will be to create the direction for your business.
And you want to be sure it’s the right thing for you!
Because there’s no point investing the time and money required to start a business, only to realize later that running your own business is not as important to you after all.
Also, you don’t want to start a business just “to run away.”
Sometimes we find ourselves in less than perfect job situations, and we want to get out. At times it’s far better to get a new job rather than starting a business.
What motivates and drives you? Do you know how you work best and which type of situations bring out the best in you?
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is a great way to understand which business ideas may work for you, and which will bore you to death or make every day a misery.
Take the time to find out your “reasons why” you want to start a business.
This is the first step in building your non-clinical business. And any time you spend up front will pay off handsomely in the long run.
Are you interested in starting a non-clinical business?
We’d love to hear from you… let us know what you think.
By Johanna Hofmann, MBA, LAc; regular contributor to the NPBusiness blog.