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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.