Q. I just graduated in nursing. Two of my greatest dreams are to be the best nurse I can be, and run a flourishing small business selling handmade items. Where do I start?
A: How wonderful to have two passions! The healing arts will keep you connected to people, while your handmade crafts will nurture your artistic self. Having two pursuits will bring balance. One can serve as a respite when the other is difficult. They will also generate two separate income streams.
About the Nursing Job:
There is a shortage of nurses. But since employers are looking for experience, finding an entry level job can be a challenge. There is a job out there with your name on it.
- Developed the strongest resume and interview skills possible?
- Worked with your professors and career development office to arrange introductions?
- Sought out professional groups to build a network?
- Posted on Linkedin and job posting sites?
- If you do not have clinical experience outside of your college program, you may want to volunteer or take a job at a healthcare facility, at whatever level you can find (e.g., nurse’s aide, health care assistant.) It is much easier to move up once you have your foot in the door of the hospital or clinic where you dream of working.
About the Small Business:
- A business selling handmade items may also require a step-wise entry. Start small but do get started:
- Find someone already selling handmade products and ask for help. Perhaps you could piggyback on their marketing efforts?
- Investigate selling at local craft fairs, or hold an in-home party for friends and family;
- Think about other places you could sell your items, such as a church or social group. Maybe you could set up a table with your wares during your lunch hour, where you work or go to school.
- Develop a web site and offer online sales. I recommend Squarespace, a one-stop shop that customizes ordering and payment options - but it costs money so I recommend you wait until you start generating a profit.
…And follow this blog! In future weeks I will augment the information in Unsinkable, my book about how to build a business.
Finally, I appreciate your use of the word “flourishing” in your question. Language is a predictor of success, and you are using the right word for your future!