Before I really get started here, I want to be completely up front with you. I truly believe the Nursing profession is AWESOME! I can’t think of another industry where someone can go to college for 2-5 years and graduate making $50K/year or more. That’s not just it either. As a nurse, there are literally countless jobs (not just bedside nursing) that can bring you lots of success and fulfillment. And for the sake of the topic at hand, Nursing is an excellent springboard into entrepreneurship. 🙂
The problem that I had run into 3 years into my career was I didn’t want a job and I didn’t want a boss. So, if you’re a nurse who would rather have the freedom from having to clock in and clock out every day, if you’re the person who would rather have complete control over your schedule, or if you’re the person who would like to travel the world at a moments notice and experience life to its fullest, maybe, just maybe, you’re an entrepreneur and didn’t even know it.
I bet right now you’re wondering if that’s even possible; if all those things you just read could even be possible for you?
In just a second I’m not only going to show you that as a Nurse it’s not only POSSIBLE for you, but I’m going to show you that you already possess the skills to make it a reality. All you really really need to do is decide to do it.
What I’m going to be covering with you specifically in this post is what I did to walk away from a perfectly fine full time job as a Trauma/Critical Care Nursing and create a global business that pays me week in and week out, whether or not I get out of bed. Sounds awesome doesn’t it? It is!
I’ll also be giving an explanation for the industry I chose to transition into and lastly 5 reasons WHY nurses make amazing entrepreneurs in this industry. Can you smell that ocean breeze yet? Let’s begin.
I want to start by saying I have had NO PRIOR SALES EXPERIENCE. I’m not, nor have I ever been in sales. Nor, do I consider what I’ve chosen as a “sales” type of business. I do however believe we are ALL selling something. As nurses, we are selling our patients and their immediate families on the idea we are fully capable to take care of them. We are selling our employers every shift that it’s a great idea to keep us on staff. We are also selling our patients on the ideas of what they need to do to live a better, healthier life when we are educating them.
I think it’s important to say this up front because so many people have limited themselves by talking themselves out of something because they felt they weren’t a “insert descriptive here”. “For things to change you have to change.” This is what my mentor Jim Rohn said. He was right!
In 2010 I was DONE. I had been working in Vegas at a Level II Trauma Center and was getting hammered every night. My wife worked in the Coroner’s office by day in forensics autopsying and I worked nights. We didn’t spend as much time as we liked with each other and I was getting burnt out real quick. One night, August 8th 2010, I had a night like no other. It was a tipping point. I went home that morning convinced that I couldn’t continue for the next 30 years doing what I was doing.
My wife, God bless her, was VERY understanding and supportive. She suggested I look around to see if I could find something that was a good fit that I could work on in my off time that could possibly sooner or later supplement my nursing income. After really diving in, I found that anything traditional I could choose was going to cost A LOT of up front money and a lot of up front time. I didn’t have a lot of either. She later suggested I look at the Nutritional R&D company with which her mom was affiliated. I did. That’s when I was introduced to the WELLNESS INDUSTRY.
According to Nobel Prize-winning economist, college professor, and best-selling author Paul Zane Pilzer, the Wellness Industry is poised to become the next $Trillion industry, competing with computers. Wellness, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The Wellness Industry encompasses modalities (products and services) that help others achieve “wellness”.
Being introduced to USANA Health Sciences opened up my mind to the idea of becoming a Wellness Consultant within the Wellness Industry. How does Wellness Consulting work? It works very similarly to being a nurse in a hospital, accept your not. It’s a business that YOU own and operate. You set the terms, you set the pay, and it’s all done part time until it surpasses your nursing income.
What I do is, using my nursing knowledge and skills, I find out where people are healthwise and I help them to get healthier. This can be helping someone lose weight, customize dietary options, exercise programs, nutritional customization and more. This is why it’s important to have a product partner that has a diverse and complete wellness line of products and tools to help you help your clients the very best way possible.
This is one reason I chose USANA Health Sciences. Another is they actually EDUCATE you and even have a nutritional certification through Sanoviv you can choose to go through. However, there are plenty of potential product partners out there to choose from. After looking at many, I found USANA to be unique. It’s paid off more than I can tell you.
As I began to build my Wellness Consulting business, I ran into others nurses interested in running their own business as well. This led to me building a team of nurses and other healthcare professionals, all building their own Wellness Consulting businesses together. This provided tremendous leverage, which I can’t begin to explain in depth. However, with a team of Wellness Consultant partners our group began to expand to different countries as so did our clientele.
I must say it has not always been super easy, but building a business from the ground up is always challenging. It’s also created time freedom for me and my family that any traditional business could not. My wife is no longer working for anyone and is able to stay at home with our younger kids. I have returned to the hospital as a per diem nurse and work on my own time. It keeps me credentialed, provides some great extra spending money, and I enjoy it much more now that I don’t have to be there. 🙂
I believe that Wellness Consulting is the PERFECT business for Nurses and I believe there are 5 KILLER reasons nurses make not only great Wellness Consultants but great entrepreneurs:
- Nurses are great communicators-This is a very important skill to have as an entrepreneur. We’ve developed this skill working with patients from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, etc.
- Nurses are hardworking-It’s no surprise, Nurses work hard…incredibly hard. They deal with a lot of stressful situations EACH DAY. They could be tending to a cold in one room and tending to a code in another AT THE SAME TIME. Nurses work tirelessly and relentlessly every shift. It takes this type of work ethic to be an entrepreneur.
- Nurses SPECIALIZE in customer service-It’s what we do! Nurses work day in and day out to provide the very best of ourselves to our patients to make sure they have the very best experience they can have while we are with them. Being sick is a trying time for anyone, and we are there to help them get through it as best as we can.
- Nurses are people-people-Let’s face it, you can’t go into the nursing profession if you don’t like people. Working with people is what nurses do. Being a SUCCESSFUL entrepreneur requires you to not only like people but love people and love helping people.
- Nurses are SMART-As an entrepreneur, you’ve got to have some sense. As a Wellness Consultant you have to have more than sense. As Donna Cardillo says in one of her awesome blog posts “nurses possess a great body of knowledge and experience that is marketable, valuable, and in demand.” We bring a lot to the table. Nurses make AMAZING Wellness Consultants!
I hope I’ve convinced you. In this post I’ve told you how I went from burnt out nurse to business owner. I’ve opened your eyes to the Wellness Industry and Wellness Consulting. Lastly, I’ve explained to you 5 Killer Reasons Nurses Make Amazing Entrepreneurs.
I hope this has been helpful to you. Bedside nursing isn’t the end. You’ve got options. If you’re a nurse entrepreneur yourself CONGRATULATIONS! Please leave a comment and a shameless self-advertisement. I wouldn’t be offended at all! 🙂
THANKS FOR READING! If this has been of value to you, please like and share it with a nurse or anybody for that matter. Have a great day!
Disclaimer Statement: Michael Ward is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and Wellness Consultant. He works directly with USANA Health Sciences as a brand ambassador after having an amazing product experience, specifically with the joint health product, Procosa which you can get here. Because USANA uses word of mouth advertising and relationship marketing ONLY, Michael decided to partner with them to get these amazing products out to people he cares about and that need them. You may have heard of USANA through many of the 750+ olympic and pro athletes that use their products or perhaps you have seen top USANA scientists on the Emmy Award-Winning daytime talk show the “Dr Oz Show”.
If you’d like to learn more about USANA’s award winning health products or would like to learn how to work with Michael and earn a supplemental income bringing value to others helping them to live a more healthy lifestyle, connect here.
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