According to DailyNurse, nurse entrepreneurs account for less than 1% of nurses worldwide. Compare this to the general population, where Global Entrepreneurship Monitor estimates nearly 16% of Americans are entrepreneurs.
Nurses may choose to start their own business for several reasons, like:
- Additional disposable income
- For personal self-development
- Ability to work fewer shifts
- To leave bedside nursing altogether
Read on to learn about some possible nurse business ventures you can pursue.
1. Nurse Freelance Writer
Nurse freelance writers are independent business owners who write content or copy for businesses, brands, or organizations.
Freelance writers are usually independent contractors who pitch to potential clients. Some freelancers write for agencies, but this is less sustainable for growing a nurse business and pays significantly less.
To be a nurse freelance writer, you need to be willing to market yourself, write and read often, and not be afraid of cold emailing potential clients. It requires dedication and self-direction to be systematic in your sales and marketing.
2. Mobile Care or Concierge Nursing
Mobile care or concierge nursing means you still act under your licensure to perform care for patients or clients.
There are several routes you can choose from if you want to do mobile care nursing. A few examples are:
- Mobile foot care
- Medical spa treatments, like Botox or fillers
- Mobile hydration
- Postoperative care
Mobile or concierge nursing is an ideal option if you are extroverted and thrive on patient or client interactions. There is no governing body for concierge nursing, so it’s a good fit for nurses who are also self-directed learners. It requires persistence to learn about the market you want to practice in, look for mentors, and be brave enough to market yourself.
3. Nurse Legal Consultant
Legal nurse consultants usually work as independent contractors but occasionally might be full-time law firm employees.
Legal nurse consultants may serve as expert witnesses in cases that require nursing knowledge. Other legal nurse consultants will review medical records, compile them, and bring attention to key pieces of information.
There is an accreditation exam called the Legal Nurse Consultant Certification (LLNC) from The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC). The exam costs a few hundred dollars and requires at least 2,000 hours of experience as a legal nurse consultant within the past five years. For this reason, it’s best to learn more from LinkedIn or your professional network to gain practice hours and begin marketing yourself.
4. Digital Products
The nurse digital product market is growing rapidly because the entry cost is low, and there are several directions you can choose from depending on your interests.
- Nursing study aids
- E-books for nurses, nursing students, or a layperson wanting to learn about a healthcare topic
- Digitally printed nursing products, like t-shirts or mugs with designs
- E-courses for nurses or for the general population wanting to learn about healthcare topics
For inspiration, check out Instagram, Etsy, Amazon, and Canva to research what products on the market intrigue you.
Inventor is a broad term, but nurse inventors are those who create proprietary products or services.
This could be:
- Nurse organizations or events
- Healthcare software
- Healthcare solutions
- Hospital and healthcare products and solutions
- And more
Starting with an idea, nurse inventors connect with others who can bring their products or ideas to life. Even if you aren’t sure how to take the operation, supply chain, or technology behind your idea, someone out there will. Many investors and thought leaders are willing to get behind nurses and their inventions due to their healthcare experience.
To learn more about nurse innovation, invention, and science, visit the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders (SONSIEL).
6. Nurse Coach
There are endless possibilities for nurse coaching. You can choose to coach nurses or non-nurses on anything you have a significant interest or expertise in.
Some ideas are:
- Pediatric sleep coaching
- Nurse burnout and wellness coaching
- Diet and exercise coaching
- Prenatal or postpartum coaching
- Holistic health coaching
- Mindfulness coaching
- Chronic disease coaching
Becoming a nurse coach is also for nurses who are self-directed and interested in being the face of a nurse business they build from the ground up. To learn more, visit The Nurse Coach Collective.
Doulas are educated professionals who are experts in supporting people during vulnerable times. If you enjoy highly empathetic situations with others but get burned out by fast-paced work, hospital systems, or charting, doula work may be the perfect profession for you.
There are a few types of doulas:
- Adoption or surrogacy doula
- Child loss doula
To learn more, you can visit websites for the following organizations:
8. Nurse Consulting
Nurse consultants serve as a bridge between nursing and other industries. Many brands and businesses seek nurse consultants to advise them on nursing standards or guidelines.
Nurses may consult for:
- Healthcare companies
- Insurance companies
- Biotech companies
- Pharmaceutical companies
- State and government agencies
- Fitness or wellness centers
- Health technology companies
Nurse consulting can be a lucrative field, but requires extensive knowledge in your nursing specialty. It also helps to have an advanced practice degree or education in business or marketing.
The Bottom Line
No matter which nurse business idea inspires you, don’t be afraid to go for it. The nurse entrepreneur community is welcoming and willing to connect you to the right people.
If you want to widen your network to test out your nurse business ideas, check out the Nurse Fern LinkedIn Light-Up course so you know how to help the community find you.