Yes, I am a fellow gator
Thanks for sharing your experiences. I think the flexibility and autonomy of being an independent contractor will be truly liberating. As yourself, I will be able to set my own hours and fees. I was worried that I would not have a lot of job security doing this compared to being an employee. However, I am seeing that my services are in demand and do not think that lack of job security will be a problem.
Thank you for the advice regarding the taxes. I was planning on seeing an accountant and tax attorney to cover all of my bases. I definitely do not want to be audited or owe money to Uncle Sam.
I have a couple questions about the billing aspect. How do you do the billing? Is there a program that you use or recommend to keep track of your billing, submit claims, ect.?
Also, did you apply for a Medicare Provider Number? If so, how long did it take you to get it and how were you reimbursed while it was being processed? I heard it takes 3-4 months to get it. Does this mean you do not get paid until you have an actual number?
I apologize for all the questions. I wish that they had offered a class about billing, reimbursement, and the other business aspects of being a nurse practitioner in my graduate program. How did you learn about the business principles of being an independent contractor?
Thanks and it is inspiring to hear about other nurse practitioners like yourself that have started their own business and doing it successfully!