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If you have experience working in the healthcare sector, as a doctor, nurse or administrator, you may have dreamt of one day starting your own healthcare practice. Running your own practice means you get to set your own hours, help people your way, and experience the great sense of satisfaction and pride that only comes with working for yourself and being successful. Starting your own practice can be tough but, ultimately, incredibly worthwhile. Here’s a look at what you need to get started.


Even if you already have a degree and have spent time working in the industry, it’s a good idea to make sure your knowledge and training are fully up to date before you get started. The healthcare field is advancing all of the time so, a degree such as an online MHA degree from ADU Online could be perfect. An online master of healthcare administration in strategy and innovation would ensure you are ready to lead the industry in the right direction.

A Business Plan

While most people go into healthcare wanting to help people, there’s no denying that it’s also a business. To get financing and be successful, it’s important that you have a business plan. If this isn’t something you have experience with, look online for templates and guides.


To start any business, you need finances. Even if you’ve managed to save for things like premises and marketing costs, you may still need a bank loan to help you get started. Make an appointment with your bank and remember to take your business plan.


When searching for premises you need to consider things like location, a large reception area, private rooms, staff areas, and ease of access. Make a list of everything you need, in order of importance, before you start your search.


To be compliant, you will need certain licenses and documentation. These can change so check with your local government to find out what you need; in most cases, you can apply online.


As with most new start-ups, you may end up doing a lot yourself, to begin with, with just a few doctors and a nurse. But, you’ll need to plan what staff you will need going forward. What kind of services do you want your practice to provide? You’ll need doctors and nurses qualified in these fields.

Electronic Record Systems

Most practices now have electronic systems for keeping records and renewing prescriptions. This makes things much easier, safer, and faster. You’ll need to do some research to find which system you want and they make sure all your staff is fully trained using it before it goes live.

An Online Presence

The internet is fast becoming a huge part of our lives and how we do things. If you want your practice to do well, you’ll need an online presence. You will at the very least need social media accounts and a basic website. To increase your presence, consider a YouTube account and a regularly updated blog.

This might seem like a lot, but don’t be put off. Starting your own practice is a very real possibility. Just take your time and work through this list bit at a time and you’ll soon be behind the desk in your very own practice.

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If you are thinking of getting your medical laboratory science degree, why not consider doing it online?  Today, we are going to learn more about three key advantages that going to college online can provide you.  Let’s get started, shall we?

Better School Options

There are many different online medical lab science programs out there today, including one from the prestigious University of Cincinnati.  These online degree programs offer a comprehensive learning program that is recognized by companies around the world.  So if you live in a location that does not offer many school options, you might want to think about going online.  By doing so, you will have many school options to choose from and finding a school that meets your needs will be easy.  

A More Comfortable Learning Environment

If you get nervous in public environments then going to school in person is probably stressful for you.  Even sitting in class can make some of us uncomfortable.  So if you suffer from social anxiety or you just like to learn alone, then a medical laboratory scientist program online can help.  You can study and do your classes from the comfort of your own home, which will allow you to focus more on your work.  This will eliminate any social distractions and the best part is you can go to school any time of the night or day!  A brick and mortar school can never offer this much comfort and convenience. But remember, you will need a quiet space in your home to do your school.  For more information on how to create a special space for learning, please check out this link.  

You Will Avoid the Commute

One of the worst parts of going to college is the daily commute.  Sitting in your car even for a short period of time can really put a damper on your day.  So why not go to an online college and avoid commuting altogether?  This will help save you lots of time and money as well.  The money you will spend on gas can be used for other things like taking yourself out to eat or paying for those expensive college books.  Also, by commuting less, you will help keep your car in tip-top shape.  The less you drive your car, the less you will have to worry about replacing the tires, changing the oil and paying for expensive repair costs.  Additionally, you won’t be putting miles on your vehicle that can bring down its overall value.  To learn more about the cost of commuting, please check out this helpful website.

These are just a few of the benefits of getting your degree online.  As you can see, going to school from the comfort of your own home can reduce stress.  Plus, you will not have to worry about the expense of daily commuting.  So if you are thinking of going back to school soon, why not check out the many online options that are available to you?

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The BibleSome Christians who have taken the plunge and placed perhaps just a little bit more faith in God than the rest of us often find that their vocation and their faith are rarely in conflict. However, regardless of one’s political leanings, the gradual drift towards a more ‘modern’ and liberal society is bringing with it unprecedented challenges and previously unseen scenarios for men and women of faith who wish to balance respect for other beliefs with their own sincere convictions.

It is when presented with these dilemmas of faith that many of us turn to the teachings of the Bible, but it is not always practical or possible to do so. For those day to day conundrums, we rely on our best judgment in the absence of higher authority.

As a small business owner, it can be hard to find the most suitable balance between your faith and your finances. Fortunately, you are not alone in this conundrum and there are a variety of people and organizations happy to share their own take on the matters. Here is a selection of both specific pieces of advice with broadsheet applications, and words of general guidance from those who have successfully navigated the minefield.

Open More Doors

Having qualifications under your belt is a tremendous boon when looking to attract potential employees to your business, as well as when presenting yourself to the public at large. Of all the qualifications available, many of which can be obtained for little to no cost, and in some cases without even leaving the house, only a small fraction will be relevant to your chosen vocation.  

This doesn’t mean other qualifications can’t add considerable value to your CV and you as an employer. Remember that the cost of a qualification is a poor metric for measuring its real world usefulness and when considering your educational and training options. There are many options for those looking to supplement their existing contributions to the community by studying, for example, an online MHA degree such as that offered by Ohio University gives students a formal training in healthcare administration, this an area that is currently poorly represented despite its vital importance.

Training and qualifications that allow you perform additional work on the side also give you the opportunity to increase your spiritual and financial contributions to your life and work. An online master of healthcare administration in strategy and innovation is also the kind of degree which will retain its value for a long time and potentially open a variety of doors for you.

Support Good Causes

As a small business, supporting good causes, particularly local ones, is a fantastic way of making inroads with the local community and helping to build your brand as a part of the local fabric. Charitable and other ventures put your company’s name at the front of people’s minds when organizing local events. Read More→

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appleIt’s pretty natural for people to hate their jobs and wish that they could do something else. After all, very few kids grow up dreaming about working in an office, putting numbers into a computer every day. But that leads a lot of people to the next question: what can you do instead? After all, it’s one thing to decide that you don’t want to work at your current job and to go and do something else instead, but what comes next? If you’re not careful, you could just end up bouncing from unsatisfying job to unsatisfying job without ever really finding anything that you enjoy. If you want to break that cycle, then one of the best things to do is to find a job that you find really satisfying.

What you find satisfying in a job will be very personal, but a lot of people find the fact that they aren’t doing anything to improve the world around them to be one of the most frustrating things about their current jobs. If you feel that way then why not look into the kind of industry that allows you to help people more directly than just about any other: medicine. The medical industry is filled with different careers for people of all skill types and levels of qualifications, but the one thing that they all have in common is that you would be spending your time actually helping people and improving the world around you. With that in mind, here are some medical careers that you might want to consider.


Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first, shall we? Plenty of kids grow up saying that they want to be a doctor and why wouldn’t they? You get to help people, diagnose and treat illnesses, develop new treatments and generally make the world a better place. Of course, the most common reason why a lot of people tend to grow out of that dream is that it’s one of the most difficult career paths to pursue. If being a doctor is something that you can truly imagine yourself doing then you need to be willing to put in years of hard work before that can even be close to a reality. Getting a medical degree can often take you the better part of a decade including placements, specializations, and a whole lot of hard work. Not only that but the first few years of being a qualified doctor are going to involve a lot less pay than you might expect combined with some seriously grueling hours. If you’re planning on becoming a doctor because of the promise of a fat paycheck, then you’re in it for the wrong reasons. Instead, make sure that you’re pursuing it for the love of helping other. Otherwise, the obstacles that you face are going to tough to get over.


After a doctor, the most common career that people imagine in the medical industry is that of a nurse. Nurses are sort of the unsung heroes of the medical industry in a lot of ways. Sure, doctors are the ones who get all of the recognition, thanks, not to mention the money, but without nurses, most hospitals would completely grind to a halt and fall apart completely. Nurses are often the ones running around behind the scenes treating patients directly. Where a doctor might be the one pulling the strings and setting up the treatment options for patients, nurses are the ones who are on the ground actually making that happen. Once again being a nurse will require a pretty serious amount of study on your part, though not quite as much as becoming a doctor. You can find more information on the kinds of things that you need to become a nurse, not to mention the earning potential, from this source: Again, this is a career that you need to embrace for the love of it. Being a nurse can often be an incredibly difficult, thankless job. But when you’re faced with patients who you have been directly involved with improving their quality of life, you’re likely to find that it’s all worth it in the end.  

Home care aide

A home care aide is one of those medical jobs that is incredibly important and often highly fulfilling, but you don’t carry quite the same level of glamor as being a doctor or a nurse which means that you tend not to hear about it quite as much as those careers. A home care aide is someone who works with elderly or disabled people who are unable to take care of themselves on a day-to-day level in their homes. This means that your duties will include everything from cooking meals and making beds, to general household maintenance, to assisting with physical therapy and advising families on how to best deal with an elderly relative or someone with disabilities. This is an incredibly appealing position for a lot of people because you generally don’t need nearly the level of qualifications and training required to become a doctor or a nurse, meaning that it’s a much better entry level career for many people. Not only that but, unlike those careers, you have the chance to become much more closely connected to the people in your care because you’ll find yourself spending every day with them on a pretty consistent basis, building a strong relationship with them over time.

Medical assistant

Just because doctors and nurses are the ones interacting directly with patients doesn’t mean that they’re the only people who keep a hospital functioning properly. A hospital is a vast, complex system and without the proper administrative support, the whole thing could easily fall apart. Because of that medical assistants are some of the most important, if often unrecognized, people within a hospital setting. As a medical assistant, you’ll generally be tasked with a lot of administrative duties such as answering the phone, directing patients to the correct wards, updating medical records, and keeping the hospital’s books up to date. However, that doesn’t mean that you’ll miss out on the one-to-one interaction with patients that other medical professionals get. You’ll often be tasked with things like taking a patient’s blood pressure, assisting during minor procedures and preparing patients for exams. Once again this is a great entry level position for those who want to be a part of the system that keeps a hospital running without having to worry about going through a decade of degree level education just to get their foot in the door.


If you’re the kind of person who does well under pressure and thrives in an incredibly fast paced work environment then being a paramedic is the career for you. As a paramedic, your role will mostly be to provide on the spot treatment, first aid, and revivals to people who have suffered some kind of accident or sudden illness. After that, it’s your job to get them to the nearest hospital as quickly and safely as possible. Now, there is a lot of training involved in becoming a paramedic, but a lot of it is based around direct on the job training rather than education. Because of this, it’s a good job for those without degrees, but that doesn’t mean that it’s an easy job by any means. In reality, it’s one of the hardest, most high-pressure careers that anyone can pursue. There is a huge amount of pressure on you to help people in emergency situations, and it’s important that you’re sure that that’s something that you can handle before pursuing a career as a paramedic.

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Matthew 5:43
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’”


When The Inspiration Won’t Come – Ideas To Help You Get Going

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Jill Hart - Mixing Faith & Business blogI love those days where I can lie down at night and think back over all I accomplished throughout the day. Unfortunately, those days are pretty few and far between.  Many days I stare at my to-do list feeling completely overwhelmed trying to figure out how I’m going to get something – anything – accomplished.

Not long ago, I got so frustrated with this process that I decided to make a list of things that helped me get my forward momentum back when I feel stuck. Here are a few ideas that I came up with.

Make a New List

We all have a to-do list, but how about making a things-I-love list? Or maybe a things-I’m-grateful-for list? Sometimes just changing our perspective can help kick start our productivity. When I’m looking at a list full of what needs to be done, it can be hard to remember all the good things happening around me. But when I take the time to look beyond my to-do list I am flooded with gratitude for all that God has given me. Those blessings become the inspiration to get back to work and to do the next task on my to-do list … with a better attitude.

Borrow a Brain

When I’m working on something new or trying to come up with a solution to a problem in my business, I often find that I simply can’t do it alone. When times like these hit, I dial up a friend or colleague and schedule a brainstorming session. Whether we meet over coffee, on the phone  or via Skype, I always come away from meetings like these with great new ideas and inspiration. Talking with others when you’re stuck is a great way not only to help solve the problem, but to gain motivation and determination as well.

Glean Excitement

Watching the successes of others has always inspired me. When I began working on weight loss, I often read stories of people who had gone before me and conquered their weight. Not only did I learn how they did it, it also helped motivate me to do the same thing. The same principle holds true for me in business. When I watch videos or read stories of other entrepreneurs and their successes, it makes me want to dream bigger and work harder.

Change Directions

Another way that I “trick” myself into getting to work is to completely ignore what I’m working on. That’s right. I change direction and work on something new. There’s something about changing my focus that helps my mind relax and (sometimes subconsciously) think about the project that I’m stuck on. Sometimes I start a fresh project, other times it’s as simple as checking and answering email. Anything to job my brain in a new direction and get those creative juices flowing.

So, if you find yourself stuck today or simply overwhelmed by your to-do list, try these tips and tricks to get your motivated and inspired!


About Jill
Jill is the founder of Christian Work at Home Ministries ( She is the author of Do Life Different and co-author of So You Want To Be a Work-at-Home Mom and speaks to audiences about faith, business and leadership topics.

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CWAHM Video Devotions: Does Your Business Shout? (Encore)

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“Shout out loud the good news. Shout it out and don’t be afraid.”
Isaiah 40:9b (NCV)

Thinking Through It All

Today we talked about making our lives and businesses shout out the good news. I’d love to discuss the following in the comments section below:

* Does your business shout out God’s good news?

* What steps can you take to make sure it does?

* How can we be praying for you?
(You can post prayer requests below or send your request in here)

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The Art of Starting

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Jill Hart - Mixing Faith & Business blogMany times the hardest part of working from home is simply getting started. This is true in the bigger sense of choosing a business, getting everything in place and making that first sale. However, it’s also true in the day-to-day grind of working from home. Some mornings the art of starting is much harder than others.

On those mornings where I’m struggling to get going, I’ve found a few ways to “trick” myself into starting.  One of the first things I do each morning is remind myself why I do what I do. One of my favorite verses has also become a challenge to me to do the work that God has placed before me:

“Be strong and brave, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, because the Lord God, my God, is with you.”
1 Chronicles 28:20

Once my attitude is on the right track, then I can begin the task portion of my day. Here are a few ideas that I use to get in gear:

Get Organized – I have learned over the years that when it comes to my To-do List, I can’t simply write out big tasks and expect to accomplish them. Those big tasks overwhelm me, so I avoid them. Instead, I write out the steps necessary to complete the big tasks and accomplish those one by one.

For instance, if I need to market my business I don’t simply write on my list “Market Business.” I break it down into manageable tasks such as “Call two referrals” or “Outline new article.” These are things I can do, cross of my list and move on to the next thing without needing to spend an extraordinary amount of time deciding what to do or how to do it.

Challenge Yourself – Within my to-do list each day, there are always a few things that I dread doing. So, I’ve taken up challenging myself to do at least one of these “horrible things” each day.  I’ve also found that doing the hardest thing first sets me up to feel like I’ve accomplished something big, so I can easily handle the other items on my to-do list. It also helps motivate me to keep going, to press on and see how many things I can cross off my list each day. Read More→

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Working From Home: 26 Apps to Help You Stay Productive

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Looking to start working from home? We know that staying productive can prove difficult, but thankfully there’s a tonne of tech out there to help you stay on top of your workload. And the best bit of tech?

Your smartphone.

To help you make the most out of your phone, Modern Garden Rooms, have created a rundown of all the apps you’ll want to download to help ensure that you remain productive when working from home!

Here’s a quick sample:


Work as a freelancer? Then you’ll know that time is money. And in the midst of your deadlines and intricate projects it’s easy to lose track of how much time you’ve actually spent on each project and therefore, how much you should charge.

Enter time tracking apps. Each of these will help you monitor how much work time you’re spending on a certain problem or project and help you bill for it accurately. Some of these are packed with functionality; others are a little more basic. Pick out the one that’ll suit the way you work below.


This is the preferred time-tracking app for many freelances. It’s paid, but is full of functionality, offers support, and allows you to track a number of different projects at the same time.


If you don’t want to pay monthly then Due is the app for you. It’s free for life, helps you create invoices, and is super simple to use. The ideal app for any freelance working from home.

See the entire list at  Modern Garden Rooms!

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Cool Careers For Super Moms

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If you love spending time with your kids and you think you have a great handle on what it takes to be a brilliant parent, you might want to consider incorporating this into your career. Rather than just working to pay the bills, you can make a difference in the lives of children other than your own. There are lots of careers that provide this possibility, some of which can be completed at home, so let’s start there.

Personal Tutoring

You can work from home as a personal tutor, providing services to children that need a little more than what their school is providing. The benefit of working as a private tutor, of course, is that you can complete it as a little side hustle. Or, you can turn it into a fully fledged career. It’s entirely up to you and will depend on how much time you have.

To do this, you’re going to need to choose what subject you want to tutor in. You should choose a subject that you either have prior experience in or that you excelled at in school and through your studies. Don’t forget that if you have a proper qualification, you will be more attractive to parents who want nothing but the best for their kids.


Alternatively, you can work as a teacher, and there are a few differences between this and tutoring. Firstly, you probably won’t be able to complete this career from home. Although, we promise the day is coming when teachers will be on a screen rather than at the front of the class. In fact, in some of the classes in America, this type of teaching method has already been introduced.

Secondly, you’ll be teaching a whole class rather than individuals. This can be more stressful as you need to make sure that each student is getting the level of support that they need. You’ll probably have to develop methods of engaging the class and ensuring that everyone takes part. That said, you will be providing a vital service to the community because most places desperately need more teachers.


Of course, it is possible to provide a more personal level of care to students through counseling. To take on this career, you’ll need a school counseling degree. You can study school counseling online, while you’re still working from home, building up your knowledge and skill. Eventually, you will be in the position where you’ll be able to enter real life scenarios, working with students through their issues. It will be up to you to help them with personal issues and combat the problems that they might be having at school.


Finally, if you love sports and working with kids, you can combine the two and take the position of a coach for a local team. This is a job that you’ll probably be able to complete in your spare time, and when you’re not at games, you might even be able to work from home.

Any one of these careers would be perfect if you want to spend your day working with kids.  

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