33 Profitable Business Ideas For Nurse Entrepreneurs (2021)

33 Profitable Business Ideas For Nurse Entrepreneurs (2021)

If you're a nurse and looking for a side hustle, looking to even change careers, or interested in starting a business, we put together 33 business ideas that are suitable for nurses!

Check out the list.

1. Start an in-home senior care service ($3M/year)

Gareth Mahon from Perth WA, Australia started The CareSide over 3 years ago, a in-home senior care service.

  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Perth WA, Australia

After reading The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, I was inspired to create a business that could be run from anywhere in the world and utilize the best of international resources, all through the magic of the cloud. The home care services industry was going through major regulatory changes around 2016 in Australia. Opportunities were opening up and I wanted a slice of the action.

We take a data-driven approach to our sales on marketing. If a channel isn’t generating leads and new customers at a profitable rate, then I will stop investing in it.

I previously had senior management roles in several large organizations including ANZ Bank and KPMG. Although I was compensated well and had a lot of responsibility, these jobs required me to work long hours. I also had to travel frequently to meet with clients. Starting my own company has provided me with greater flexibility. I'm in control of my schedule. If I want to take a day off or go travel with my partner for a week, I can do that. Ultimately, it was a book that motivated me to pursue this new lifestyle by starting my own business.

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Gareth Mahon, on starting The CareSide ($250,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a healthy meal delivery service ($1.56M/year)

Cesar Quintero from Miami, Florida, USA started Fit2Go almost 17 years ago, a healthy meal delivery service.

  • Revenue: $130,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 11
  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA

I have an engineering degree and a corporate marketing background, and worked as a production engineer in Venezuela, specializing in logistics and project management. I also spent four years as a marketing manager in R&D for Proctor and Gamble in Latin America.

Three factors combined to fuel my move to Miami in 2005 and change my career path. First, things were economically tough in Venezuela. Second, I wanted to start a business. And finally, while I’d found weight management to be a lifelong struggle, the corporate lifestyle made it even more difficult. A hectic work schedule basically gives you two options—grab something from the vending machine or hit a fast food joint.

For a long time, I thought that being a good leader meant feigning total strength and confidence. This is a big problem with first-time and even many seasoned entrepreneurs—those negative connotations around the positive concept of vulnerability.

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Cesar Quintero, on starting Fit2Go ($130,000/month) full story ➜

3. Become a nutritionist ($24K/year)

Haley Hughes from Greeley, Colorado, USA started RDRx Nutrition over 7 years ago, a nutritionist.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Greeley, Colorado, USA

I have always been a strong-willed, hard-working, and sometimes stubborn person.

I’m definitely “The Achiever” on the enneagram test, so working for myself has been a great change for the most part. I stand up for what I believe in, especially when it comes to patient care.

After graduating with a Master’s degree in dietetics, completing a 2-year-long internship process and taking a huge exam I was so excited to start my career. My dream job (so I thought) was to be an intensive care unit dietitian, because I felt it would be challenging and rewarding.

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Haley Hughes, on starting RDRx Nutrition ($2,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a private nurse service

Examples of a successful private nurse service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a private nurse service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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5. Start a health care training business ($180K/year)

Kyle Golding from Oklahoma, USA started Vorttx Training and Testing almost 5 years ago, a health care training business.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Oklahoma, USA

My co-founder Tadd Weese is an operations manager for a long-term medical facility. Part of his job is doing emergency response training for the entire staff of the facility and then proving this training had been done whenever the facility was inspected by state or federal regulators.

A huge part of our journey has been our decision to go slow with a technology product. We could have taken loans, shopped for VC money or even raised “friends and family” funding to go faster but we really didn’t want to be constrained in that way.

This is required by law, but there is no official tool, document, process etc. to execute the training and document. This would be like filing your taxes without the IRS forms.

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Kyle Golding, on starting Vorttx Training and Testing ($15,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a medical app ($1.2M/year)

Shuhan He from California, USA started Qolty almost 4 years ago, a medical app.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: California, USA

I am an emergency medicine fourth year resident at the Harvard Teaching Hospital Affiliates Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. Medicine has always been my love, and I am lucky to be able to practice it.

Conduct Science was born out of the evident need for cutting-edge research tools across the board. To achieve reliability across all research, the same standard of equipment should be used by every researcher.

Bootstrapping is a model which means that your company runs entirely on its own revenue. You grow with profits and revenue that your company generates, rather than inflate the value of the company with shareholders. Allowing revenue to drive the company means that you are really focused on the most important thing in business, which is your customer base.

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Shuhan He, on starting Qolty ($100,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start an online courses business ($60K/year)

Lidiya Kesarovska from The Netherlands started Let's Reach Success over 8 years ago, a online courses business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: The Netherlands

Back in 2013, I had already discovered my passion - personal development - and had realized writing is the best way to express myself. So I combined these and started a self-improvement blog.

Starting the blog was the best decision and not giving up on it over the years (even when no traffic or money was coming in) was what helped me move forward.

It was first just a hobby and I knew nothing about blogging. Over the years, after publishing a ton of content, gaining traffic, learning about SEO, email marketing, social media, and all the ways to monetize a blog, it became a real business.

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Lidiya Kesarovska, on starting Let's Reach Success ($5,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a supplements company ($24M/year)

Nick Bare from Austin, Texas, USA started Bare Performance Nutrition over 9 years ago, a supplements company.

  • Revenue: $2,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 16
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

In 2012 I was a junior in college studying Nutrition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I was also in the ROTC program there so I knew that upon graduating college I would be commissioning into the US Army as an officer.

My friends and I were your typical broke college students and we loved weight training. Because we couldn’t continue to buy our own pre-workout supplements due to personal funds, or lack thereof, we decided to all go in together and purchase bulk ingredients to make our own pre-workout supplements.

Many of these college students, and friends of mine, took out this $25K loan to buy new cars, take vacations, get engaged and married, but I decided that this would be my funding to launch my company.

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Nick Bare, on starting Bare Performance Nutrition ($2,000,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a therapy business ($120K/year)

Janine Halloran from Massachusetts, USA started Coping Skills for Kids over 5 years ago, a therapy business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Massachusetts, USA

Several years ago, my husband and I read the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, and were really intrigued. We started doing a lot of thinking about changing our lifestyle.

We have two children, and at the time, we were both working full-time outside of the home. It didn’t feel quite right. We wanted to be able to spend more time with our children, so we discussed moving from working outside of the home to figuring out a way one or both of us could work from home.

I had a hard time dealing with failure in the beginning. Over time, I realized that I learned the most from my failures. Even though my subscription box failed, that actually made it easier for me to launch the next products I created.

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Janine Halloran, on starting Coping Skills for Kids ($10,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a medical device company ($960K/year)

Amy Baxter MD from Atlanta, Georgia, USA started Pain Care Labs almost 15 years ago, a medical device company.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

From medical school, I knew the science of gate control. An example is rubbing a bumped elbow to stop pain, or running cold water on a burn.

You stimulate cold and motion nerves, which are much more powerful. Pain nerves are whispering, tiny nerves but they’re everywhere - if you can get huge motion nerves to yell instead, pain gets silenced.

One lesson I’ve learned is there is no big moment. So many people expect to hit a tipping point, one big TV appearance, or some other milestone after which the business gets easy.

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Amy Baxter MD, on starting Pain Care Labs ($80,000/month) full story ➜

11. Become an online fitness coach ($576K/year)

Ryan Milton from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA started TeamFFLEX over 7 years ago, a online fitness coach.

  • Revenue: $48,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

I came up with TeamFFLEX seeing the massive trend of everything turning online and want to help as many people as possible achieve results. In a traditional gym format trainers job, there are only so many hours you can work in a day and a limit on clients you can actually work with. For example, if a client does a 60-minute session and you work an 8 hour day you can see 8 clients within that day. There are also of course training teams, and classes as well as small groups but still even if I could have worked with 100 people a day in a gym it would not have been enough.

I wanted to find a way to help people all around the world. The people that couldn’t get to the gym or didn’t have the money to hire an expensive trainer. I wanted to make sure that no matter where people were at the gym or at home they had the ability to take action on their health and fitness and get results.

Seeing in today's world how basically kids are born with an iPhone in hand it all just made perfect sense. Take personal training online and help people all around the world. The thing about today's society is that we want it now. We don't want to wait. We don't want to go into a building, meet with some trainer, get sold on all the different expensive packages and then pay basically to have a really expensive cheerleader. I honestly believe that within the next 10 years we won’t see trainers in gyms anymore. The quality of training in gyms continues to drop due to the fact that not enough people get training and also that trainers can’t even make enough money to sustain a living. I knew that if I could go online with everything not only would I be able to impact people to a much larger degree, I would also be able to live a life on my terms.

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Ryan Milton, on starting TeamFFLEX ($48,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a doula service ($2.28K/year)

Jessica Glendinning from Elgin started Your Virtual Doula about 2 years ago, a doula service.

  • Revenue: $190/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Elgin

I am a CAPPA trained Doula and I work in Labor and Delivery at a hospital in South Carolina. I put aside my Marketing and Human Resource Management degrees from USC to become a Doula after the birth of my first child in 2013.

I found the subject matter of pregnancy and birth fascinating and loved the doula I had in my birth. I knew this was my calling and immediately jumped into the role. I had to temporarily step away from my hospital position during my twin pregnancy in 2018.

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Jessica Glendinning, on starting Your Virtual Doula ($190/month) full story ➜

13. Start a fertility business ($0/year)

Alastair Kennett from London, England, United Kingdom started Optimale almost 4 years ago, a fertility business.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

When I was around 27 years old I started to notice that I was tired all day, I lacked motivation, my libido was dropping and I was moody and grumpy for no reason. This was very unlike me. After speaking to my brother we realised that he had been suffering from the same issues. He’d been to see life-coaches, psychologists and tried various health and lifestyle changes with no effect.

I had some blood tests done and realised I was suffering from low testosterone. Shortly afterward both my brother and I were on treatment and realised how life-changing testosterone replacement could be in all aspects of our lives. We saw that this area was poorly provisioned and services were really lacking compared to the US, where it is a more widely recognised treatment.

This inspired us to start up OptiMale, and what followed was one of the most frustrating, interesting, tough, and yet ultimately rewarding experiences. It was made all the more satisfying that we managed to succeed together as brothers and has really strengthened our relationship. It is a great feeling to be helping many men to realise their worth and potential, changing their lives and creating a successful business all at the same time!

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Alastair Kennett, on starting Optimale ($0/month) full story ➜

14. Start a hospice service business

Examples of a successful hospice service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a hospice service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a hospice service business ➜

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15. Start a respite care service

Examples of a successful respite care service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a respite care service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a respite care service ➜

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16. Start a medical scrubs business

Examples of a successful medical scrubs business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a medical scrubs business:

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17. Start a child care business

Examples of a successful child care business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a child care business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a child care business ➜

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18. Start a daycare

Examples of a successful daycare:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a daycare:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a daycare ➜

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19. Start a childbirth education service

Examples of a successful childbirth education service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a childbirth education service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a childbirth education service ➜

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20. Start a lactation consulting business

Examples of a successful lactation consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a lactation consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a lactation consulting business ➜

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21. Start a concierge nurse service

Examples of a successful concierge nurse service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a concierge nurse service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a concierge nurse service ➜

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22. Start a patient care consulting business

Examples of a successful patient care consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a patient care consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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23. Start a telehealth business

Examples of a successful telehealth business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a telehealth business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a telehealth business ➜

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24. Start a health and wellness coaching business ($68.4K/year)

Examples of a successful health and wellness coaching business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a health and wellness coaching business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a health and wellness coaching business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Brittney Oliver's story on creating Holistic Wellness Coaching Academy a read:

I am Brittney Oliver, better known as “Coach Britt” and I am the founder of the Holistic Wellness Coaching Academy school for Gut Health and Mindset Coaching. I am a two-time author, board-certified coach, and passionate entrepreneur.

HWCA was built in the scarce moments between motherhood demands in an attempt to find a piece of my own identity, something that I was passionate about that could add to my family’s income which was only $35,000 a year at the time! What started as a singular course on the microbiome, evolved into an international, full coach training academy which now has graduates all over the world.

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Brittney Oliver, on starting Holistic Wellness Coaching Academy ($15,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start a health blog

Examples of a successful health blog:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a health blog:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a health blog ➜

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26. Become a public speaker

Examples of a successful public speaker:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a public speaker:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a public speaker ➜

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27. Become a massage therapist

Examples of a successful massage therapist:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a massage therapist:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a massage therapist ➜

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28. Become a mindfulness coach

Examples of a successful mindfulness coach:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mindfulness coach:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a mindfulness coach ➜

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29. Start a health consultations business

Examples of a successful health consultations business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a health consultations business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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30. Start a nurse staffing agency

Examples of a successful nurse staffing agency:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a nurse staffing agency:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a nurse staffing agency ➜

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31. Become a physical therapist

Examples of a successful physical therapist:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a physical therapist:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a physical therapist ➜

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32. Become a nurse blogger

Examples of a successful nurse blogger:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a nurse blogger:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a nurse blogger ➜

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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Abdisalan Ali kulane
7 months ago

Thank you for your inspiring business ideas

David Bustos
23 days ago

Awesome content, thanks a lot!