I have been a certified legal nurse consultant since 2007. As much as I want to start my own CLNC practice or business, I am not sure how to start this without much investment. I am working full time as a director of quality and compliance for a home health and hospice agency, but would love to start my own practice and be financially independent while raising my 9-year-old daughter. What would be the best thing for me to do to jump-start my own practice?
Dear Donna replies:
You do not need to make a huge investment to get this business off the ground. You need business cards, a business phone number or cell phone. If you use your personal cell phone, always answer it with your name, e.g. This is Mary Robins, and have your voicemail message reflect your business entity, e.g. Youve reached Mary Robins, Legal Nurse Consultant.
Hopefully, you already have a computer and good printer you can use for correspondence. You dont need to set up a website immediately or have any other printed material to get started. Once you start making some money, you can refine and enhance your marketing materials and home office. You have to start where you are with what you can afford. Thats how all of us got started.
I do recommend you join (if not already a member) and be active in the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (www.aalnc.org). Get out to local chapter meetings. When theres something you want to do it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing that thing. And you must create community with other entrepreneurs and LNCs to be successful. Look into the National Association of Women Business Owners (www.nawbo.org). Keep in mind you can attend meetings as a guest at first before joining anything.
You also should start networking with attorneys by using the telephone and attending local meetings of attorneys associations. You should have learned about all of this in the course you took.
You might consider attending my seminar How to Start Your Own Business and Consulting Practice seminar. Find out where Ill be (www.nurse.com/CEseminars).