Posts by Pat Bemis

How can I be my own boss?

By on Jul 23, 2013 in Nurse Entrepreneurs

Question I received: I'm burned out. I am a 52-year-old RN. I want to be self-employed or own an RN business. Can you help me or point me in the right direction to come out of the labor force and be my own boss? My answer as published in RN Magazine: Your story is similar to many other nurses. I'd suggest that you start by being a part-time employee while being...

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Funding Your RN Self-Employment Venture

By on Jul 3, 2013 in Nurse Entrepreneurs, RN Self-Employment

Business startup financing is a complex issue if you look at all the types of businesses in the U.S. However, most nurses start and operate a consultancy; a service or firm that offers some type of consulting service. The service may provide advice, opinions, information, or instruction. Legal nurse consulting is an example of a consultancy providing opinions....

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How can I meet customers in my local area?

By on Jun 26, 2013 in Nurse Entrepreneurs

To meet your potential customers and introduce your services to them, consider speaking at clubs, organizations, and board meetings where your potential customers meet. Provide health information of interest to them. This is not a sales talk. It's an an informational talk and an introduction to you and your services. Offer to present a short (about 10 minutes) talk...

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The Self-employed Nurse and Federal Income Tax

By on Jun 11, 2013 in Nurse Entrepreneurs

Are you planning a new career path as a self-employed nurse (full or part time)? If so, your federal income tax on that income needs to be estimated and paid quarterly. Don’t wait to report your self-employment income at the end of the year.  If you don’t file quarterly, you may be responsible for back taxes and penalties by the end of the year. Read...

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One-stop shop for self-employed nurses and nurse business owners

By on May 22, 2013 in Nurse Entrepreneurs

To increase the chances of survival in this difficult economy, I recommend that self- employed nurses become a one-stop shop. By one-stop shop, I mean offer several different services that are needed by your target customers. I recommend that new startups incorporate several services at onset and established nurses add services to their current business. Let’s look...

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