By: Alicia Pierre
To be a nurse entrepreneur , it’s no cake walk. Anyone who tries to sell you a fantasy of all play, no work, is probably delusional or lying. Being in business can be tough. There are decisions to be made. Big decisions. Big-sometimes-overwhelming-decisions. Risks to take. Long hours to work (especially in the beginning), obstacles to overcome. There are days (many days) when you will doubt yourself, your ideas, your business, your strategy. I could go on and on. But with all that said, I would have it no other way. I am a nurse. An entrepreneur. And I love it. There are so many reasons why I love entrepreneurship.
Here are 17 specifically phenomenal reasons why being an entrepreneur rocks!
- There is no limit to how much you can earn. No one can set a salary cap, limited hours, 0.00025% raises, or any other garbage. You set the bar for how high (or low) you choose to reach.
- You don’t have to sit through demeaning annual reviews biting your tongue and swallowing the truth of what you really want to say.
- You set your hours. I am not a morning person and I no longer fight it.
- You can change your mind when you want to (no longer enjoy providing a particular service? you can stop or revamp the process).
- Your opinion matters, actually it’s the standard by which your business runs. Yes, you are the new Sheriff in town. Howdy!
- No need to ask for permission to attend special family events, doctor’s appointments, or a spa day or do whatever-you-fricking-want-day. Of course you need to find time to spend time with your family even with hectic nursing schedule.
- You get to pick your clients (imagine that, you can actually choose who you want to serve and how you serve them).
- Your creativity gets to wake up (in most jobs our creativity is stifled as we perform mundane task, after mundane task. Now your creativity gets to flourish).
- Focus on what gets you excited. You actually get to fill your day with tasks you (mostly) enjoy doing.
- Doing work that feels meaningful. Not just financially rewarding, but purposeful for your life.
- You can have a job from home as a nurse if you choose (just because you can).
- No more coworkers who grate on your nerves (enough said).
- People have an instant respect for you when you say you have a business (this is something I never expected, but I notice people’s borderline awe with business owners).
- You will learn a lot more about yourself, your perseverance, and life on a whole than most people ever get to.
- You are in charge of your own future. No one else. YOU!
- Deciding to take a day off and realizing there is no one to call to explain ‘why’ or apologize to.
- You get to follow your big dreams!