Thanks for stopping by! To all of you seasoned entrepreneurs I have a question about experience and long term savings for a business.
My background: I'm an ADN nursing student not even in clinicals yet (although they are steadily approaching). Before I decided to become a nurse, I had worn many different hats for both pay and for fun. Most of my early 20s involved me being self-employed. I was a freelance writer; I provided coaching to clients with regards to sexual health and education; I've done web designer; and I've been certified as a personal trainer. I've spent time in front of and behind the camera and loved every minute as a performer. I also graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Forensic Psychology. After some soul searching, I decided that I wanted to use my personal experiences with health and my desire to help others to become a nurse. A little further soul searching has led me to the conclusion that I want to start my own business as a motivational speaker, educator, and consultant. I also want to remain a nurse, possibly as a community or school nurse to gain experience, work with the adolescent population, and save money towards my ultimate goal.
My first question is are there any other nurses in this forum that has made a business out of motivational speaking? Or, is motivational speaking part of your business marketing strategy? If so, what are your challenges and what you might tell someone like me to consider? Do you suggest any books or websites that might be helpful?
Additionally, I haven't been able to find too many nurse entrepreneurial groups (at least in New York City) that welcome nursing students and help prep them to become future entrepreneurs - would anyone know of an organization? I'm particularly looking for a networking group that offers mentorships (preferably) and discussions on how to invest in one's business (most importantly).
Any advice you have to offer is greatly appreciated!
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Wow thanks so much for the great advice! I truly appreciate the positive feedback and will definitely use it to navigate my career. I think my major issues right now are how to blend so many of my interests together with health and public speaking. For example, I love speaking about art and dance (and performing also), although now I'm investigating the use of creative therapy in specialized populations as a tool for physical and emotional healing.
Additionally I'm still trying to find a mentor to help me stay on track with my goals and provide me with great influence for my own aspirations. I'm not too worried since I know such a person will find me and vice versa so long as I continue on my path.
Last edit by whealer on Nov 12, '13
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