The path to entrepreneurship is rarely a straight line. I started out in pharmacy as a hospital pharmacist, worked for industry briefly, went back to the hospital, jumped into ambulatory care and then into an online business.
I know that many pharmacists are risk-averse, myself included, but there are so many opportunities out there. There are pharmacists who have online businesses in other areas of health. There are pharmacists who are in physician offices. Others are doing health coaching and functional medicine consultations. There’s a whole world of possibilities!
You don’t need to get paid by an insurance company. There are plenty of people out there who are willing to pay for your services if you market them the right way. One of the first things I did when I first started was hire a business coach to help me because I knew that I would get farther faster if I had somebody who had some experience and had made some mistakes. That is an area I’m planning to get into next, to do some business coaching with pharmacists who want to be creating startup businesses.
Next week you’ll hear from another Medipreneur and how she got to where she is. I’m so looking forward to seeing you in Asheville, so please plan to attend the Medipreneurs Summit, April 27th to 29th, 2018 in Asheville, North Carolina.
We are three smart, fierce, and pretty quirky pharmacists who chose to get out of the box, become entrepreneurs, and find freedom by starting our own businesses. This allowed us to pursue our passions, and approach health care holistically with the focus where it should be – on the patient.
The three of us joined forces to help each other through the journey from traditional pharmacist to business owner and from this we have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly along the way. We spent years working to create business models and systems that work; to understand the marketing strategies necessary for growth; and to grow our highly successful businesses.
We made a choice to forge new paths in healthcare, and take back the power to heal that a pharmacist should have. Although we’re each following our own unique passion, we are united in our purpose: To give other medical professionals the tools to do things differently and join us as leaders in this new movement in pharmacy.
We work and network with many pharmacy entrepreneurs and INTRApreneurs, and we are witnesses to how THESE are the pharmacists who are not only finding true autonomy and are able to provide real patient-centered care, as they should be, but they’re also finding greater financial success doing so.