Flu Shots and the Small Business Entrepreneur
Yes – “flu shots” and “entrepreneur” are related. Just stay with me for a short post and I will explain.
How is this possible? Who gave me this flu shot? How much did it cost?
This is where the entrepreneur part comes in.
The company that came on site to provide the shots is called Nursing Resource Solutions. According to its website, it is a local nurse staffing business, owned and operated by nurses, for nurses. That in itself is relatively unusual. Most nurses are employees of large health care facilities and are pushed around by corporate bureaucrats and by physicians. Mrs. ToughMoneyLove – being an RN herself – knows all about this. So I was happy to see that this group of nurses had taken matters – and business – into their own hands.
One of the owners of the business – a young African American man – was on-site with his team of shot-givers. After I received my shot, I asked him how he was able to get the H1N1 vaccine (mist and IM versions) when so many others could not. His answer: We filled out the paperwork and submitted it early. How refreshingly simple is that?
In other words, this small business was on top of things from the beginning. The owners saw an opportunity and jumped on it. Now they have a product that is in high demand and in short supply. What a great combination for a small business entrepreneur.
I also have to give this business credit for its efficiency. First, they distributed the pre-shot literature and consent forms early by providing it to building management who then emailed it to all of the tenants. Everyone showed up with the forms in hand, filled out. The shot cost only $20.00. No insurance forms were involved. They provided a receipt on request so the recipients could file it with insurance if they desired. Their non-labor overhead consisted of a folding table and chairs and few bags of cotton balls and alcohol swabs.
When it comes to signs of a successful entrepreneur, that’s what I’m talking about.