“Going after your dream is achievable, the hardest part is getting started.”
Before I begin, I want to start by saying I refuse to say "the sky is falling" ... ever (even when I'm faced with extreme personal adversity).
It is in my nature to look on the bright side and try to see the opportunity in everything.
As an independent consultant pharmacist, there are things I believe Amazon will never be able to do...
As an entrepreneur, here are a few things I do believe Amazon will accomplish and hopefully many good things will come of their new venture into the Pharmacy industry.
First, one thing you should understand about Amazon that will bring context to my list of 10 Good Things is that Amazon is an e-commerce platform used by thousands (if not millions) of individual sellers.
Their warehouses can be used by small businesses to drop ship products to their own customers using the Amazon infrastructure.
ANYONE can do this.
(google search: "third party amazon side hustles" if you don't believe me)
Here's a list of 10 Good Things I hope will come from the Amazon-PillPack deal:
My default is to look for opportunity in everything and there is always opportunity in disrupted industries.
I hope that pharmacists will take advantage of this opportunity to begin adding more patient-oriented services such as medication management programs, point of care testing services, and health and wellness programs to independent pharmacies.
My great-grandfather was a pharmacist in Illinois in the 1940's and I believe he would be surprised (and hopefully proud) of where independent pharmacy is headed today.
In 2016, I interviewed TJ Parker, CEO of PillPack, which recently sold to Amazon for a reported 1 Billion dollars, and I remember being very impressed by TJ's connection to "brainstorming" and "masterminding".
He didn't really get started until he met his business partner Elliot Cohen, then an MBA student at MIT.
It was the MAGIC of their two areas of expertise coming together to achieve true innovation (much like we do when Masterminding).
That true innovation is, hopefully, what PillPack's new deal with Amazon will bring to the Pharmacy industry.
When I asked TJ what advice he would give to aspiring entrepreneurs, he firmly stated, “Going after your dream is achievable, the hardest part is getting started.”
My goal this year is to help independent pharmacy owners add millions of dollars in revenue to their businesses each year by implementing consultant pharmacy services.
To get started, I'm hosting two Business Planning Retreats and Masterminds with the goal of helping 24 female pharmacy owners take their businesses to that Next Level.
Check out our EventBrite page to learn more about the first workshop in Nashville, TN September 22-23rd.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Blair Green Thielemier, PharmD is an independent consultant pharmacist living in Arkansas with her husband and two children. Her latest project is the host and producer of pharmacy’s first virtual conference, the Elevate Pharmacy Virtual Summit in partnership with the NCPA Innovation Center. She is the founder of Pharmapreneur Academy, an online e-Course and Community where she guides pharmacist-entrepreneurs through the process and barriers of building a pharmacy consulting business. She is the author of How to Build a Pharmacy Consulting Business and facilitates in-person Business Planning Workshops and Mastermind Retreats for female Pharmapreneurs across the country. More information about Dr. Thielemier can be found on her website.