After taking the steps of following your curiosity, identifying a niche and interviewing your potential customers, you can begin the process of testing your market for interest.
4. Test Your Market Before You Invest Heavily
By “pre-selling” your program, product or service, you are able to make sure there is demand before you spend time creating it. For example, if you want to offer an in-person workshop you can pre-sell registrations using a platform like EventBrite. Or offer short, free trainings to gauge interest, then ask your audience to sign up immediately (at a discount) for future trainings.
If you have expertise in a subject other pharmacists would find interesting or helpful, you can create and teach a workshop. Myself and two colleagues offer an MTM Enhancement workshop in Arkansas that has filled a need and received great feedback from community pharmacists.
A workshop can be a good, replicable income stream for the entrepreneurial pharmacist. It takes work, but once you develop the presentation, objectives and a general outline, you can offer the workshop as many times as there is interest.
Remember, I recommend you first “test-sell” your workshop on Facebook, EventBrite, in your local paper or through your state APhA chapter to see if people in your area would sign up.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Blair Green Thielemier, PharmD is an independent consultant pharmacist living in Arkansas with her husband and daughter. She is the founder of Pharmapreneur Academy, an online teaching platform 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: Your Rx for Finding Freedom and Loving Your Career, a contributing author for Pharmacy Times and guest host on the Pharmacy Podcast. More information about Dr. Thielemier can be found on her website BTPharmacyConsulting.com