Picture this: it’s 5.45am, your alarm goes off and you shuffle into the bathroom. You fumble for the light switch, and as you rub your stinging eyes you can’t help but notice through the frosted glass that it’s still dark outside. You get ready in a daze; tea and toast, a toothpaste stain on your tie and sips of watery coffee from a travel mug as you wait for your windscreen to defrost.
It’s just another Thursday.
As you dawdle into work a familiar thought enters your mind - “Maybe I should go self-employed?”
You quickly dismiss it. After all, being self-employed isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and it would be far too difficult to organise and keep on top of. Right?
At My Health Assistant we know that your time as a healthcare professional is invaluable, so we’re committed to shouldering as much of the heavy lifting as possible - enabling you to focus your time and energy where it really matters.
Our app is an all-in-one marketing tool and virtual office. Patients can find and connect with you directly through our search engine, and our app can manage your diary, take online bookings for day(s) or hours(s) you want, even raise invoices and take payments so you don’t have to. We’ll make sure you have the correct professional insurance and even handle your annual tax-returns through our partner companies, as well as offering legal support and additional PA services.
Still not convinced? Here are a few of the most compelling benefits of being self-employed that might help you to make your mind up.
1. Better work-life balance
The days of wearing burn-out like a badge of honour are over. The importance of a healthy work-life balance is becoming increasingly more apparent, and as a self-employed worker you are in complete control of your working hours.
A poor work-life balance can lead to increased stress, reduced productivity and an inability to focus on the task at hand. Long days can also lead to damaged relationships, as important events and time with loved ones fall further down the list of priorities.
Complete flexibility and freedom in your working week allows you to prioritise your time and create a schedule on your own terms. You can plan your appointments around prior commitments, and adapt your working hours depending on how you feel and what you need.
Being self-employed allows you to do the job you love, whilst also ensuring you never lose focus of what matters most to you.
2. More control over your income
Another benefit of being self-employed is the ability to set your own hours which, in turn, gives you complete control over your income and allows you to plan ahead with ease.
Not only can you set your own rate of pay as a self-employed professional, but you are 100% in control of your timetable and schedule. In other words, you can work and earn as much (or as little) as you wish!
You don’t have to work full-time hours either – you can simply top-up your current salary by working one day or evening a week, become completely self-employed or do anything in between!
Working as a professional with My Health Assistant enables you to access all of the benefits and the convenience of being self-employed without worrying about any of the formalities. We handle everything else for you, allowing you to spend more quality time with your patients.
3. Your career, your way
One of the biggest advantages of being self-employed is the ability to direct your own career progression. When you are your own boss you have complete control over your own path. You aren’t bound by the job roles available to you in your place of work, and are able to advance and grow at your own pace.
The direction of your career can be moulded to suit your life and current circumstances perfectly, and My Health Assistant can support you in taking the steps necessary to reach your goals.
4. Increased autonomy
When you work as an employee for an existing business, you have to fit into their ways of working and typically don’t get the chance to make meaningful choices of your own. As a self-employed professional, on the other hand, you benefit from near-complete autonomy and who you work with.
That freedom can give you new-found job satisfaction as you see the direct impact of your choices and can make of your business exactly what you want. But aside from that, it can also offer more immediately tangible benefits including the ability to choose where your office is (or if you even have one!), who you hire, and how you operate.
5. Variety where you want it
Work days as an employee are generally predictable, even in the healthcare sector. Everyone has their own role within a multi-disciplinary team and you’ll typically know exactly what you’ll be doing every day that you turn up to work. Some people like things that way, but for everyone else, self-employment provides the opportunity to inject some variety into your work-life.
As a business owner, you can choose what roles to take responsibility for yourself and which to delegate to employees, agencies, or software solutions. If you’ve always wanted to give marketing a go, self-employment allows you to spread your wings. Got a penchant for bookkeeping? You can be your own accountant.
And solutions like My Health Assistant can help you to unload the burdens you don’t want, with tools including marketing, calendar management, invoicing, and PA services all available in one handy platform.
Should I go self-employed?
At the end of the day, the most important factor in deciding whether self-employment is the right choice for you is your own preference. But, if you want more control over your work-life balance, ways of working, and earning potential, becoming a self-employed professional is one of the best ways to achieve it.
Ready to make the leap? You don’t have to go it alone. If you’re interested in pursuing a new self-employed life in the healthcare sector, whether you want to work for yourself part-time or set up your own practice with staff, we can guide you along the way. Read more about the support we can offer you as a professional, or get in touch with us directly to ask any further questions you have.