NurseTogether.Com
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!

  1. 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.
  2. You don’t have to sit through demeaning annual reviews biting your tongue and swallowing the truth of what you really want to say.
  3. You set your hours. I am not a morning person and I no longer fight it.
  4. You can change your mind when you want to (no longer enjoy providing a particular service? you can stop or revamp the process).
  5. Your opinion matters, actually it’s the standard by which your business runs. Yes, you are the new Sheriff in town. Howdy!
  6. 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.
  7. You get to pick your clients (imagine that, you can actually choose who you want to serve and how you serve them).
  8. 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).
  9. Focus on what gets you excited. You actually get to fill your day with tasks you (mostly) enjoy doing.
  10. Doing work that feels meaningful. Not just financially rewarding, but purposeful for your life.
  11. You can have a job from home as a nurse if you choose (just because you can).
  12. No more coworkers who grate on your nerves (enough said).
  13. 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).
  14. You will learn a lot more about yourself, your perseverance, and life on a whole than most people ever get to.
  15. You are in charge of your own future. No one else. YOU!
  16. Deciding to take a day off and realizing there is no one to call to explain ‘why’ or apologize to.
  17. You get to follow your big dreams!
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