What exactly does your company do?
The Nerdy Nurse, LLC is a nursing and technology blog focused on content and topics that are interesting to nurses and technology enthusiasts.
Why did you start this company?
I started the the blog as a way to share information about technology and nursing issues.
What was the process like? Help us understand what it is like for a nurse to start their own business.
I didn’t start the blog with the intent to make it into a business. It just evolved into that. I realized that what I was doing was helping people and that there was also a way I could turn it into an income so it just grew from there.
Since it wasn’t planned it was pretty smooth and the hardest part was all the little bumps that come along the way from trying things, failing, and then trying something new.
What has the hardest thing been in starting your business?
Spelling and grammar. When your business is writing, this is a tough one to deal with.
I struggle to get my words on the page in the manner that I want them to appear. It’s really easy for me to miss simple spelling and grammar mistakes and it’s a constant thorn in my side.
What has been the most rewarding thing about starting your business?
I have had the opportunity to meet amazing people, travel, and help other nurses who are struggling with issues that I have already overcome or continue to struggle with. When I get emails saying “You really helped me” it’s amazing and humbling.
What would you say are the most important resources for a nurse who wants to start their own business?
- Your spouse or significant other. Without their support it’s almost impossible.
- Online friends who have been where you are now and have gotten to the next level.
- Your own creativity.
- Time and patience (which can sometimes be very limited).
Do you have any exciting success stories to share with us?
I would say the places I’ve been invited to speak and network. I’ve gone to Boston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and next summer I will be traveling internationally. I like meeting new people and going to new places, and it’s given me a lot of opportunity to do that.
Do you have any unfortunate stories that you could share with us to prepare and warn us of the possible pitfalls of being a self-employed nurse?
With my business I am a very public and online figure. This leaves me and my personal appearance and choices open to attack online. While it is rare, it does happen, The best advice I can give you is to just know that if you put yourself out there and you become successful there are always going to be haters and you just can’t focus on them. They aren’t people who will become your clients or add value to your life in anyway, so just move on from their negativity.
What advice would you give to nurses interested in starting a blog?
Be yourself, unless you’re a jerk, then be somebody else.
Seriously, people will respect you and identify with you more if you are a real person with real struggles, real accomplishments, and are real fun. Tweet happy and don’t let let your blog and social media become a personal soap box that could ultimately end up being your career coffin. Be responsible with the things you say, who you say them to, and what you say them about. You should always maintain patient privacy and obey HIPAA laws.
Don’t start with the intent to make money. Blog because you want to blog and if the money comes, GREAT!
About Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN
Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, also known as The Nerdy Nurse, is a highly influential blogger and social media personality. She is a community manager for Next Wave Connect and has a background in clinical informatics.
In her day job she gets to do what she loves every day: Combine technology and healthcare to improve lives. She can best be described as a patient, nurse and technology advocate, and has a passion for using technology to innovate, improve and simplify lives, especially in the healthcare arena. Brittney is the author of The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology and she blogs about nursing, technology, healthcare, parenting, and various lifestyle topics on thenerdynurse.com.