I am like all of you - wanting to have some control over my schedule AND earn more money! Let's just share thoughts and ideas we glean as we read, surf the net, etc. Too many of these posts are "does anyone have any ideas how to......" with no answers, every one asking for help and no one giving any. Let's put our collective heads together and figure this out ourselves!
I ordered a downloadable package from the Miracles and it was OK. I wrote and asked them some questions and got some replies within just two or three days. But I felt like I wasn't getting the IMPORTANT question answered which is "What do I charge"!!
Personally, I am interested in being an independent contractor for one or two facilities acting just like a staff nurse or agency nurse. I worked for alkmost 5 years with a major hospital and just the last three months have worked for an agency. I LOVE the freedom the agency offers - I set my own schedule!! I can haave weekends with my family and holidays off if I want! I no longer work graveyard! My salary is the same. l Where I work is MUCh more pleasant and enjoyable.
The downside? I get cancelled for several shifts a month and I need the income that 40 hours a week give (at my current salary rate). I have no health insurance and can't afford it when the salary is no different from what I got at a hospital. and THE biggie - I get paid my $25 hour but the agency gets........??? $35? $45? $65? an hour?
I want to form my own mini-agency of one and just under cut the staffing agencies amd what they charge the local facilities. Of course, the million dollar question is "what do they charge" Any ex-staff agency peiple out there?
I have spent hours cruising the net and found a few sites that gave me an idea of charges. One gave ranges by geographic areas and, roughly speaking, the bill rate in 2005 was $50-65 hour for bedside nurses. Travel nursing was a lot more. http://media.monster.com/a/i/intelli...assessment.pdf
TO be an independent contractor you need to determine:
1) your focus. One person agency? Legal consultnat? Asetheician? etc
2) Get an IRS FIN#
3) Go to your local governments and do whatever you need re:business permits and licenses
4) Open an seperate checking account and credit card for your business
5) Decide on a business name and check the web for your own URL/domaine nameSeparate credit card
6) NSO for malpractice insurance
7) Market research - go to HR at local facilities and TALK to them about temp- staffing or talk to other legal consultants etc
8) Get a contract drafted and check it with an attorney www.legalzoom.com
9) Design your letterhead, business caqrds and business flyer
10) NETWORK. Look up networking groups on the internet and attend the meetings.
11) Call on the accounts you wants. Caqll. Set up the appointment and sell your self!
Now, This is some Ideas I have written down the past few weeks as I organized my thoughts and goals.l I woulkd kkoive feedback and suggestions and I hope we can allk benefit from this.l
Go to the web site of National Association of Independent Nurses
Join. I have requested the information pack they offer and will most likely join. members have a discussion forum and I think that will be invaluable..
Good Luck All!!