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Forty-one ideas for what you can do as a healthcare consultant
Have you thought about developing a healthcare consultancy business "on the side" or as an alternative career path? There are many physicians who work as healthcare consultants who not only provide tremendous value for their clients, but also enjoy the flexibility and diversity of the consulting life. Some consultants work for small or large firms; other appreciate the autonomy of owning their own consulting company.
Being successful as an independent consultant depends on many factors, but two are paramount: 1) developing a good business plan for your consulting business, and 2) knowing how you are uniquely qualified to help solve business problems for your client. You can tackle the first challenge by learning more about business planning (check out my Mastermind Tele-class called "Be a Healthcare Consultant"). And here are some ideas that will help you tackle the second challenge, knowing how you add value. The nine categories and 41 ideas are as follows:
Nine categories and 41 activities where a Physician Consultant can bring Value
Adapted from What Color is Your Parachute? Robert N. Bolles (Ten Speed Press)
After you have reviewed the list once, read through it again and picture yourself in different client scenarios. The scenario might be a healthcare system, a pharmaceutical firm, a physician group practice, a technology or device company, an insurance company, a medical publications company, a health venture firm, or any number of other healthcare or non-healthcare related organizations.
Going through the list is also helpful for physicians who are contemplating career change out of clinical practice. What resonates with you as you read through the list? If you can identify one or two categories that say "that's me!" then you have taken a giant step forward in making a transition. For more guidance on developing yourself as a consultant, look at my 3-month Mastermind Teleseminar series, "Be a Healthcare Consultant."
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