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I Work in Healthcare; Can I Work from Home, Too?

I Work in Healthcare; Can I Work from Home, Too?

Working as a medical transcriptionist is one of the highest paying work-from-home jobs in today’s market.  It’s a great way to earn good money while staying home and interacting only with your computer and a disembodied voice or two, if that.  You may not necessarily be self-employed as a transcriptionist, but you will have a lot of independence.

Yet if you work in advanced healthcare and yearn to be more independent, you probably fear you can’t.  Most healthcare professionals who have invested in advanced education work in clinics and at hospitals and may be concerned about being tethered to them for the entirety of their careers.  However, there are ways of using your particular education to work independently in healthcare.  From rural care to running your own clinic, there are lots of options.  You can even work from home!  How?

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Telemedicine

Telemedicine exists in multiple forms.  There is traditional telemedicine provided via computers and electronic devices, such as remote surgery.  A growing trend is seeing telemedicine expand into fields like mental health.

Because many mental health patients either don’t have access to the care they need or their diagnosis prevents them from leaving their homes, telemedicine could be the answer to their care.  Mental health patients typically fear seeking care because of the stigmas tied to their diagnoses, but if you provide care from the comfort of your home to their comfort of theirs, they might be more inclined to seek care.

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If providing this kind of care isn’t your thing, you could contract with a service like Talkspace.  Talkspace is one of a number of text-based counseling apps on the market.  It utilizes only experienced, licensed counselors, and 10-20 percent of them currently use Talkspace as their exclusive means of employment.  If you prefer to put your counseling on paper, as it were, this is one way for you to work independently in mental healthcare.

Concierge Medicine

Have you watched an episode or five of Royal Pains and thought: “Hey, I could do that!?”  Even if you’re not an MD, you probably can.  If you are a Physician Assistant, or Physician’s Assistant (PA), you can work with an MD to provide concierge medical care.  Many PAs are even partners in clinics and concierge practices.

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Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) are great candidates for concierge care as well.  Unlike PAs, most FNPs can practice independently from MDs.  Depending on the state or states in which you choose to practice, if you’re an FNP, you can expect to be able to set up your own practice.

Like concierge medicine, home healthcare is another way to practice medicine while working independently.  Home healthcare provides services similar to primary care facilities, like “doc-in-the-boxes.”  This is a great option if you live in a rural area and would like to continue to practice medicine, but don’t want to a long commute to a hospital or clinic.

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Entrepreneur

If none of this appeals to you, and you want to be truly independent, perhaps it’s time to try something totally out-of-the-box for you.  Look to the example of some of the nurse entrepreneurs who’ve used their expertise in healthcare to create startups and successful business ventures.

As tech is integrating more and more with healthcare, startups are the place to be for medical professionals.  You could create the next Talkspace or something else entirely.  Fitbit and other wearable giants began as healthcare startups.

The rise of digital health like that propagated by wearable tech leaves the doors wide open for you to jump into the entrepreneurial pool.  Give it a shot.  If you do it right, it can lead to great freedom and even greater success.

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Last Updated on December 1, 2020

How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Purpose

How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Purpose

I wrote a few articles about starting a business based on something you love doing and are passionate about. I received several responses from people saying they weren’t sure how to go about figuring out what they were most passionate about or how to find their true purpose. So I’m dedicating this article to these issues — how to find your entrepreneurial passion and purpose.

When I work with a new client, the first thing we talk about is lifestyle design. I ask each client, “What do you want your life to look like?” If you designed a business without answering this question, you could create a nice, profitable business that is completely incompatible with your goals in life. You’d be making money, but you’d probably be miserable.

When you’re looking for your life purpose, lifestyle design isn’t a crucial component. However, since we’re talking about entrepreneurial purpose, lifestyle design is indeed crucial to building a business that you’ll enjoy and truly be passionate about.

For example, say you want to spend more time at home with your family. Would you be happy with a business that kept you in an office or out of town much of the time? On the flip side, if you wanted to travel and see the world, how well could you accomplish that goal if your business required your presence, day in and day out, to survive? So start by getting some clarity on your personal goals and spend some time working on designing your life.

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At this point, you may need a little prodding, and you may want to hire a coach or mentor to work with you through this process. Many people are very used to the idea that there is a particular way a life “should” be. There are certain milestones most people tend to live by, and if you don’t meet those markers when or in the manner you’re “supposed” to meet them, that can cause some anxiety.

Here’s how to find your passion and purpose:

Give Yourself Permission to Dream a Little

Remember that this is your life and you can live it however you choose. Call it meditation or fantasy, but let your imagination run here. And answer this question:

“If you had no fears or financial limitations, what would your ideal life, one in which you could be totally content and happy, look like?”

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Once you’ve figured out your lifestyle design, it’s time to do a little more soul-searching to figure out what you’re truly passionate about. This is a time to really look within and look back.

Specifically, look back over your life history. When were you the happiest? What did you enjoy doing the most? Remember that what you’re looking for doesn’t necessarily have to be an entire job, but can actually be aspects of your past jobs or hobbies that you’ve really enjoyed.

Think About a Larger Life Purpose

Many successful entrepreneurs have earned their place in history by setting out to make a difference in the world. Is there a specific issue or cause that is important to you or that you’re particularly passionate about?

For some, this process of discovery may come easily. You may go through these questions and thought experiments and find the answers quickly. For others, it may be more difficult. In some cases, you may suffer from a generalized lack of passion and purpose in your life.

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Sometimes, this can come from having suppressed passion in your life for too long. Sometimes, it can come from eating poorly and lack of exercise. But occasionally, it may have something to do with your internal chemistry or programming. If the latter applies to you, it may be useful for you to seek help in the form of a coach, mentor, or counselor.

In other cases, not knowing your true purpose may be a matter of having not discovered it yet: you may not have found anything that makes your heart beat faster. If this is the case, now is the time to explore!

The Internet is a fantastic tool for learning and exploration. Search hobbies and careers and learn as much as you can about any topic that triggers your interest, then follow up at the library on the things that really intrigue you. Again, remember that this is your life and only you can give yourself permission to explore all that the world has available to you.

How Do You Know When You’ve Found Your True Entrepreneurial Purpose?

I can only tell you how I knew when I had discovered my own — it didn’t hit me like a ton of bricks. Rather, it settled over me, bringing a deep sense of peace and commitment. It felt like I had arrived home and knew exactly what to do and how to proceed.

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Everything flowed easily from that point forward. That’s not to say that I found success immediately after that moment. But rather, the path ahead of me was clear, so I knew what to do.

Decisions were easier and came faster to me. And success has come on MY terms, according to my own definitions of what success means to me in my own lifestyle design.

Dig deep, look within, and seek whatever help you need. Once you find that purpose and passion, your life — not just your entrepreneurial life, but your entire life — will never be the same.

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