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4 Solid Benefits of Being a Dental Freelancer

When some people find out their colleagues are working as dental freelancers, the responses are mixed.

Some ask why they don’t get a “regular job.” Others respond with awe, saying, “I could never do that,” or “I don’t have the discipline to work for myself.” Still others are curious, wanting to know how they can start and succeed as a dental freelancer.

Certainly, freelancing isn’t for everybody. It’s a bit of an acquired taste. As a dental freelancer, you might look at it as a full-time side hustle, where you can spend days at a time on social media, marketing and following up with potential clients, answering emails, and updating your records without getting any paid work at all. And when it comes to setting your rates, it can sometimes be frustrating to deal with clients who try to offer you less money than you’re worth.  

Not only that, giving up full-time, permanent work for freelancing can jeopardize your ability to get health insurance or your financial security.

And yet, if you’re an ambitious self-starter, your work as a healthcare freelancer can be challenging, rewarding, and empowering – especially if you are unable to work a traditional nine-to-five job due to a disability or conflicting family responsibilities.

Here are three common advantages healthcare freelancers experience.

1. Pursue your passion

 

 

As a dental freelancer, you experience freedom that traditional staff doesn’t experience.

As a traditional full-time healthcare employee, you work for your employer according to his or her schedule, salary, and job expectations. You are assigned duties and tasks, and receive more direction and supervision from the boss. Your work is limited by the focus and expertise of the employer.

On the other hand, as a dental freelancer, you can use your creativity, experience, and expertise to exercise your creativity, generate ideas, and solve problems. Since you have more control over who you work for and the projects you take on, you can count on being more passionately engaged with and interested in your job.

There’s a tremendous amount of freedom in being able to choose the employers and positions you feel are important for yourself and your own personal and professional needs. Since you’re not restricted to one particular employer, company, or practice, you can explore your options more easily.

2. Set your own schedule

 

 

Since dental freelancers aren’t necessarily confined to a 9-to-5 day or 40-hour week, you can create the kind of schedule that suits you best – whether you’re an early riser or a night owl. You can work at your own pace and spread your energy over several employers or projects.

The ability to create your own schedule can allow you to live the lifestyle you choose. For many, it may mean packing up and becoming a globetrotting digital healthcare nomad. For others, it may give you the freedom to explore more fully your own or neighboring communities.

You choose the clients you work with, and you control your own schedule.

3. Earn what you’re worth

 

 

When you work as a traditional employee, your employer determines how much money you earn. Getting a raise depends on the health of the company or practice as well as on your ability to negotiate a good starting salary and meaningful periodic raises.

As a dental freelancer, you can set your own rates competitively, based on your experience, expertise, and the stability of your local market, choosing only to work with those employers who agree to hire you at your preferred rate.

4. Take charge of your own job security

 

 

As a dental freelancer, you are self-employed, so you’ll never have to worry about your job being in jeopardy. As a full-time healthcare employee, you’re always vulnerable to getting pink-slipped when your employer faces financial difficulty and needs to lay people off. And you’ll always be competing with other staff to keep your job in tough times.

Given that so many people are impacted by job layoffs, you can always feel more secure when you work as a dental freelancer. Your experience and skill set will always be there, enabling you to continue working without worrying about being laid off.

Getting started as a dental freelancer can be challenging, but the many benefits can make it well worth the challenge.

Whether it’s following your passion, creating your own schedule, earning what you’re worth, or creating your own job security, we’d love to help.

We’re Stynt, the largest and fastest-growing dental jobs marketplace online. We specialize in connecting qualified, vetted dental professionals like you with thousands employers who want exactly what you have to offer.

How the Gig Economy Can Benefit Your Healthcare Talent Strategy

The healthcare industry is facing a growing challenge: a lack of skilled, reliable healthcare talent to fill current and future workforce needs.

That needn’t be bad news.

Companies like Airbnb,, Freelancer, Uber, Upwork, and countless others are revolutionizing the way employers and qualified workers find each other by providing a sort of “matchmaking” service. They represent a growing trend – the gig economy.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 30% of the American workforce currently works as independent contractors, and by 2020, over half of the US workforce will consist of independent contract workers, rather than full-time, salaried employees.

How the gig economy helps healthcare talent

Talented healthcare workers choose gig work over traditional employment for a variety of reasons.

Many gig workers come from the baby boom generation and are facing rising healthcare costs, limited retirement benefits, and the need to contribute a lifetime of skill and experience so they continue to feel useful and valued.

Younger workers increasingly require flexibility in their work lives to care for small children or aging parents. Gig work provides that flexibility and freedom.

Others take on gig work to supplement their income to meet personal or financial goals like saving for a new home, family vacation, or continuing their education. Many supplement the income from a more traditional job by taking on gig work as a second income.

Given the attraction of gig work, the healthcare talent pool consists of educated, qualified, motivated workers who crave the freedom and flexibility to schedule work to suit their own needs.

How the gig economy helps employers

For the healthcare industry, the growth of the gig economy is good news.

With the combined population of seasoned, knowledgeable baby boomers and some of the top talent in the healthcare industry exiting the traditional workforce in favor of the gig economy, there is a vast pool of resources available only on a contract basis.

For employers, adding gig workers to their healthcare talent strategies means reducing the costs that traditional W2 employees represent. Not only that, adding gig workers to your healthcare talent pool might just be the most flexible, scalable means of getting daily work done, and leveraging the available talent to help your company grow.

Embracing gig workers as part of your healthcare talent strategy enables you to define projects and tasks and hire the experts necessary to accomplish them. Managing those gig workers is simpler – holding each worker accountable for accomplishing a specific project or task within a given set of milestones over a specific time. You become much more able to manage and reward your employees by outcomes and accomplishments, instead of by general, often outdated job descriptions.

By adding gig workers to your healthcare talent strategy, you are able to contract with workers who have the specific talent and expertise necessary to support and promote your products, services, goals, and core competencies. That way, your internal resources and leadership can focus on the overall growth and direction of your company or practice.

If you’ve never considered embracing gig workers as a vital part of your team, analyze your goals, workflow, and strategic planning initiatives to identify any gaps in your current talent base that qualified, motivated contractors would be eager to help you fill.

Nomad Health Professionals – A Growing Force In the Digital Economy

If the idea of being a nomad health professional appeals to you, here’s some great news.

Healthcare is among the top ten industries taking advantage of a nomadic, digital workforce consisting of temporary contractors or freelancers. Projections are that by 2020, nearly half of all US workers will be participating in the gig economy.

A changing economy means more schedule flexibility, more financial autonomy, more freedom to work for the employers you choose, and more opportunities to pursue your passion. After all, who wants to sit in rush hour traffic for hours every day just to work 9-to-5 for a paycheck?

And because of the internet, working for yourself as a nomad health professional is more convenient than ever. Many healthcare freelancers are taking advantage of the freedom remote work provides, and are working from exotic and inspiring places.

You can join them! Here are some tips for living like a nomad health professional in the digital economy.

1. Define your specialty

 

 

Before you can earn an income as a nomad health professional, you need to gather the education, skills, and credentials that suit the digital nomad lifestyle.

There is healthcare related work you can perform remotely with just your laptop and an internet connection: medical writing, insurance billing, or online teaching and training can be lucrative options. After all, these specialties are in growing demand in the digital freelance economy. If you’d welcome the chance to work from home, these specialties represent a great opportunity.

But if you’re more passionate about clinical or chairside work, there are opportunities for travel once you’ve gained experience in your field and proven your worth. The travel industry (particularly cruise lines), the military, and corporate giants are all looking for healthcare professionals willing to travel or relocate – often overseas.

If you’re looking to switch from regular, traditional full-time work, make the change one step at a time by taking on a side gig here and there to see if the digital health nomad lifestyle suits you.

2. Promote yourself

 

 

Once you’ve decided to wholeheartedly pursue a digital nomad lifestyle, you’ll have to commit to self-promotion and marketing.

Social media is a great way to begin. Starting with a great profile on LinkedIn, use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Quora to establish and build your credibility as an expert. Join professional networks and make connections with other freelancers.

Build your own personal website, and use your social media presence as a subtle way to advertise and drive visitors to it. On your own website, you can share rave reviews or evaluations you’ve received for your contract work, or share your portfolio, sell products and services, or promote a blog that features your role as a leader in your field.

The deeper your online presence, the easier it will be to find the next gig.

If you’re interested in working from home, use websites like Upwork and Freelancer to find home-based healthcare work to keep your schedule full.

If you’re more interested in working as a temporary contractor in your own or neighboring communities, or traveling as part of your profession, use an online platform like Stynt to market yourself and connect with healthcare employers directly.

3. Plan your travel

 

 

Once you’ve established yourself as a professional, you can start planning to travel, if that’s your goal.

As a digital nomad health professional, the only “have to” in your work is to maintain an internet connection no matter where you are in the world.

Obviously, if you’re going to live a nomadic lifestyle, major cities around the world offer the best opportunities because of the availability of high-speed internet and other digital infrastructure, as well as the chance to connect with hundreds or thousands of people just like you. Just do your homework about costs of living to make sure you can maintain your financial stability.

On the other hand, many developing countries are quickly embracing technology and connectivity. If you’d like to travel and work as a digital nomad in more remote locations, just make sure you can stay connected while you work.

4. Welcome and grow from the challenges

 

 

Freelancing or working independently offers its own set of challenges – which can be compounded when you add travel to your lifestyle goals.

If you’re committed to traveling as a nomad health professional, you could stay on the road for months – even years. That could mean long stretches of time away from family or friends, so it’s important to stay connected. Social media and web-based communication platforms like Facebook or Skype can help you overcome that challenge.

Another challenge of working for yourself as a nomad health worker might involve becoming ill or injured while you’re out of the country. Make sure that your health insurance coverage includes foreign travel or emergency evacuation in the event of an accident or illness.

It might also be challenging, if you travel as part of your digital nomad lifestyle, to maintain a healthy work-life balance. You may find yourself working longer hours or having to be more flexible with your schedule in order to take full advantage of your exotic location.

Just remember: if you’re working outside the country in more remote locations, network outages may be more common due to local infrastructure (or lack thereof). Consider it part of the “charm” of travel!

5. Additional tips

 

 

Becoming a nomad health professional will call on you to be strong, courageous, and persistent. Keep these tips in mind as you pursue your nomadic lifestyle:

  • Focus on your specialty as a freelancer, but don’t be afraid to experiment with other options. Adapting your skills and being more flexible can help you generate an income during quieter months.
  • Living a nomadic lifestyle requires a willingness to change plans on a moment’s notice. It’s okay to make a plan – just be aware that plans can change in ways beyond your control.
  • Work first – play and explore later. Focus on getting your work done before heading out to enjoy your surroundings.

Becoming a nomad health professional can be one of the most challenging, rewarding, and inspiring lifestyles imaginable. But it’s never been more possible, and the rewards are immeasurable!

We’d love to help you explore your options. We’re Stynt, the largest and fastest-growing healthcare recruitment platform. We focus on connecting healthcare professionals like you with over 2000 health industry employers who are eager to work with you.

Join Stynt for free to begin your journey!