Making Time for Nurse Entrepreneurship

June 01, 20243 min read

As a nurse embarking on the entrepreneurial path, there are many things to consider when starting out on the journey. Something we don’t tend to recognize as a priority is time management to build the business.

If you are a working nurse thinking of starting out on your own business journey, you must recognize that time management must become a priority. The balancing act between working a full-time job and managing a business can both be challenging and rewarding. Time becomes a precious commodity, and effective time management becomes the key to success.

Here are some essential time management tips tailored for nurse entrepreneurs to help navigate the demands of working in healthcare while building a business.

Prioritize Your Tasks

One of the first steps in effective time management is understanding your priorities. Identify tasks that require immediate attention and those that can be scheduled for later. What steps need done first and in what sequence.

For example, you must register your business with your state to obtain a federal EIN number for your business. You need the EIN number prior to opening a business bank account. These steps must be completed in a specific order. Knowing this will help avoid the pitfalls of wasted time.

Create a Daily or Weekly Priority List

I love Sunday night simply because I put together my weekly to-do list. Having a clear vision of what needs to be achieved is vital to achieving the steps of business development. This can help you stay focused on what matters most.

Embrace Technology

Some nurses may be resistant to the technological advances of today's world but technology can be your best friend to manage your time efficiently. Utilize scheduling apps, task management tools, and electronic calendars to keep track of appointments, deadlines, and important dates.

Automated reminders can help you stay on top of your schedule, allowing you to allocate time for your regular job and business responsibilities. As your business grows you will want to use CRM (client resource management) software to keep you in touch with your customers as well as potential customers. It’s vital for marketing automation, contact management, reporting data and communication.

Set Realistic Goals

Establishing achievable goals is fundamental to effective time management. Breakdown larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks, and create a timeline for completion. This not only helps you stay organized but also provides a sense of accomplishment as you check off your completed tasks.

Establish Boundaries

Clearly define your work hours. Setting boundaries will help establish a routine and prevent burnout. This also ensures that you have the focus and energy needed for your entrepreneurial endeavors. As nurses, it is hard for us to say no, but we must demonstrate self-awareness and commit to managing our time effectively if we want our business to grow.

Be sure to schedule breaks and self-care such as exercise, eating healthy, spending time with family, and relaxation. Doing so helps ensure your success as you become a better equipped entrepreneur. Self-care is not selfish, it helps your focus, therefore allowing you to execute on your deliverables.

Balancing the act between work while pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors requires intentional and strategic time management discipline. While executing appropriate time management skills, nurse entrepreneurs can navigate the complexities of their dual roles, ultimately achieving success and paving the way to independent business ownership.

If you’d like to hear tips from my experience as a nurse entrepreneur, visit the FNI blog page!

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Heather Wilson is a former bedside nurse turned nurse entrepreneur. She is the owner of Everyday Divinity, and the Foot and Nail Institute.

Heather Wilson

Heather Wilson is a former bedside nurse turned nurse entrepreneur. She is the owner of Everyday Divinity, and the Foot and Nail Institute.

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