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Side business ideas for nurses

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Specializes in ER. Has 28 years experience.

I have an idea for a side business that I'm considering. I'm shifting to a two day a week job, keeping Per Diem at my old facility, and am also considering starting a side business, using my RN as a credential that would give me credibility.

I'm thinking of buying an 8 passenger van with a wheelchair lift and conducting day trips in the area, concentrating, but not limited to, marketing to the retired demographic. I'm thinking wine tours, microbreweries, antiquing, small mountain tourist areas.

What do you think? It would probably be a one woman operation.

I'd love to hear the allnurses membership share their side business ideas as well!

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xoemmylouox, ASN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

Sounds like a good idea. Make sure you know your target demographic - their interests, spending $$$, and mobility. Also make sure you are insured well. You'll want to make sure that you know what your role would be in case of a medical emergency. Being a healthcare worker can complicate things.

Dogen

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 1 years experience.

For some reason half the nurses I know - across two states and three hospitals - talk about opening a bakery. I'm not sure why that's common.

I like the idea of a side business where your experience would be useful, but being the sole healthcare provider seems like one of those things that could bite you in the ass. "Why didn't you have X on your bus, you're a nurse, you know a person experiencing X would need it." I'm a natural worrier, though, so I may be overthinking it. And, of course, IANAL. Thank god.

I'd start an outdoor adventure business. Lead hikes, climbs, rafting trips targeted at people with basic skills who are traveling from out of town and want to explore the locale. I'm from the most beautiful part of WA, where people come just to visit our mountain, so I figure I could do it... whether there's money in it, I don't know. It's my post-lottery plan. :)

Not exactly nursing related, but becoming an escort would bring in good money.

xoemmylouox, ASN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

Not exactly nursing related, but becoming an escort would bring in good money.

Or camming..

Dogen

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 1 years experience.

Not exactly nursing related, but becoming an escort would bring in good money.

I don't know how true it is, but I understand most escorts are hired by older men, so maybe if your client were taking a nitrate and wanted to take sildenafil to help enjoy his time with you...

Or camming..

That was my immediate thought as well -- apparently, that's v. popular with nurses these days. :rolleyes:

Swellz

Specializes in oncology, MS/tele/stepdown. Has 6 years experience.

For some reason half the nurses I know - across two states and three hospitals - talk about opening a bakery. I'm not sure why that's common.

Because baking is chemistry that's good for the soul!

I'm going to open up a bakery and a gym. Buy something from one, get a discount for the other.

odaat

Specializes in ER, Med/Surg, Telemetry, Dialysis. Has 4 years experience.

I plan to go sell hair wraps and snowcones on a tropical beach for my business

Dogen

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 1 years experience.

I plan to go sell hair wraps and snowcones on a tropical beach for my business

What exactly is a hair wrap?

The coffee stand on the ground floor of my building was closed by the health department (NBD, I only got coffee there everyday for two years), and now all anyone talks about is when is the coffee stand opening again? So, a recent plan was to get a coffee cart on wheels, like the hot dog carts in NY, and just roll it up outside and watch the money pile up. Nursing students/faculty drink a lot of coffee.

When I am a nurse, I would like to sell/donate the scarves and many other things I crochet and knit. It's relaxing for me, and I do make some wonderful pieces, if I do say do myself. Anyone need a scarf? ;)

Dogen

Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 1 years experience.

Because baking is chemistry that's good for the soul!

I'm going to open up a bakery and a gym. Buy something from one, get a discount for the other.

A friend of mine had the idea to start a business called "Resolutions," that started as a gym on New Years Day, stayed that way for about a month, and then slowly turned into a coffee shop or a bar and stayed that way for the rest of the year.

f1j1nurse

Specializes in Corrections, Psych, Public Health. Has 8 years experience.

If I had the property (I'm working on it), I'd have a duck farm....we have 8 ducks and 2 geese right now and something tells me we are going to have to move by next spring:)

Asystole RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vascular Access, Infusion Therapy.

For some reason half the nurses I know - across two states and three hospitals - talk about opening a bakery. I'm not sure why that's common.

I have been to most hospitals from Texas to Idaho all the way to the California coast.

If I have learned anything about nurses it is that nurses LOVE FOOD! :p

Asystole RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vascular Access, Infusion Therapy.

I used to insert PIVs, midlines, and PICCs for nursing homes, rehab facilities, and LTACHs on the side. Made about $100 per PIV and $150-$220 per midline or PICC.

Walking into a large rehab facility and having six nurses come up to me asking me if I can put in this line or that line was just...awesome. I sometimes would go place lines on my lunch break at the hospital and run to some of the nearby nursing homes. It was amazing making more money in 30 minutes than I did at the hospital in 12 hours.

I knew a group of nurses that worked at a BDSM shop on the side giving piercings and infusing saline in the genitals and/or breasts. They made pretty good money doing that.

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odaat

Specializes in ER, Med/Surg, Telemetry, Dialysis. Has 4 years experience.

What exactly is a hair wrap?

The coffee stand on the ground floor of my building was closed by the health department (NBD, I only got coffee there everyday for two years), and now all anyone talks about is when is the coffee stand opening again? So, a recent plan was to get a coffee cart on wheels, like the hot dog carts in NY, and just roll it up outside and watch the money pile up. Nursing students/faculty drink a lot of coffee.

This is a hair wrap 😁

BuckyBadgerRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in HH, Peds, Rehab, Clinical. Has 4 years experience.

Well now I'm just curious---closed by the health dept WHY?!

What exactly is a hair wrap?

The coffee stand on the ground floor of my building was closed by the health department (NBD, I only got coffee there everyday for two years), and now all anyone talks about is when is the coffee stand opening again? So, a recent plan was to get a coffee cart on wheels, like the hot dog carts in NY, and just roll it up outside and watch the money pile up. Nursing students/faculty drink a lot of coffee.