Business Ideas For Nurses

business ideas for nurses

Business Ideas for Nurses

Okay, reality check: we nurses do it all…at work and at home. That can mean missing out on your children’s important milestones and being tired all the time (I’m sure you feel that!). Isn’t there a better way? I sure think so! I found one of the best business ideas for nurses was working from home as a baby sleep consultant.

Here’s my story, and how you too can have balance work, family and your own “me” time.

I Was Exhausted. (Are You?)

I always loved my job as an RN. Helping people is one of my greatest joys in life. So when my first beautiful daughter arrived, I was sure I could balance work with home life. After all, we’re all supposed to be Superwomen…especially nurses. We’re known for long days and for being that person our patients can really trust. Taking care of a baby on top of work was going to be a piece of cake.

Can I get a “nope”? Almost immediately, I realized I was missing out on my daughter’s babyhood…and not just while I was at work. At home, I was exhausted. I was breastfeeding, my daughter wasn’t sleeping well, and neither was I. I felt like a zombie half the time, going through the motions.

Instead of enjoying this very special time in my child’s life, I put my blood, sweat, and tears into a company that expected me back to work ASAP postpartum and never asked how I was doing as a new mother. Deep down, I felt it was all wrong.

One morning as I handed my daughter off to my husband for a five-minute shower and break, I stood in front of the bathroom mirror and thought: This is not how I envisioned motherhood. Leaving my daughter every day was agonizing. I wanted nothing more than to be home with them. For the cuddles, for the nursing sessions and to be there for every single new milestone.

Okay, so now what?

I Found One of the Best Business Ideas for Nurses

Through desperation, I was on a mission to find a way to have a rewarding career helping others, without sacrificing time with my family. Somehow, through my fog of total exhaustion, I managed to find gentle, effective ways to get my daughter to sleep through the night. When I did, my friends and family members began to ask me to help their little ones get to sleep, and an idea was born.

I started my sleep consulting business as a side hustle, and within a year I was making more than my nursing salary. But I held on to my nursing job for a while longer because of fear, doubt, and a feeling that this was all too good to be true. After all, we needed to eat, and we had always relied on both my and my husband’s salaries.

One day, while I was at work, I was just stepping out of a patient’s room when I received a notification on my phone. A client had just purchased one of my VIP packages. At that moment, I had an epiphany. This one client had paid me the same amount I would earn in an entire week at my nursing job. Moreover, I was getting several of these clients per week.

I knew it was time to leave, and this time, I had the confidence to do it. Finally, I had found “it.” One of the best business ideas for nurses ever. And I have loved every minute of infant sleep consulting since.

Motherhood, Family Life…and 3X Your Salary?

Every baby sleep consultant is different. How much you earn depends upon your certification and credentials, your ability to work with families, and on how many clients you want to take in.

What I found was that with my baby sleep consultant business, I was earning 3 X my nursing salary. Yes, you read that right. I could hardly believe it. All I knew was that I was living my dream life, scheduling clients around my family’s schedule and being financially very comfortable. And I wanted to pass that on to others. That’s why I started the Institute of Pediatric Sleep and Parenting.

In Search of Business Ideas for Nurses?

You Can Become a Sleep Consultant, Too

I don’t want to sound like a sales ad. This is my real life and my real story. My mission now that I have the rest of the life exactly the way I want it, is to pass this knowledge on to others. The nurse in me still loves seeing people’s lives made better. You can read more about me here.

That’s why I have created a baby sleep certification program that works around your schedule, so you can continue to earn income as a nurse while learning this in-demand skill.

I’m so glad to pass along one of the BEST business ideas for nurses. Check out the program here. We’ve graduated hundreds of smart, caring students who are searching for that perfect gig, just like you. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you have. Can’t wait to see you in class…here’s to your new career!

You CAN Have the Flexible Career of Your Dreams.


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Why choose IPSP?


Flexible Coursework

Our programs are 100% online and self-paced. Work through the curriculum anytime and from anywhere.


Qualified Faculty

Our instructors have the education and real-world experience needed to help you consult with confidence.

Supportive Community

Your tuition includes access to a community of IPSP-trained consultants. Ask questions, share resources, and discuss trends.

Affordable Tuition

Payment plans make it easier for you to achieve your goals without breaking the bank. It’s premier education without the price tag.

Lifetime Certification

Unlike most programs, IPSP doesn’t charge annual recertification fees.

Instant Marketing

Jumpstart your business with a profile on the IPSP website and in-house referral opportunities.

Hands-On Director

Our founder and lead instructor is only an email, phone call, or text away—every day of the week.


Proven Track Record

More than 1000 students have rewarding careers thanks to their IPSP certification.

Plus, no other sleep consultant certification course is taught by a registered nurse.

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Sleep Consultant Certification Curriculum Outline


The Science of Sleep

Learn the biology of sleep, including the stages of sleep, sleep cycles, and how child development affects sleep.


Sleep Training Techniques

Develop expertise in multiple sleep training methods so you can match your skills to each client’s specific needs.


Bumps in the Road

Understand how to help your clients manage teething, separation anxiety, night weaning, illness, and more.


The Business of Sleep Coaching

Get the nuts and bolts of setting up and running a profitable business, including insurance and liability.


Infant and Toddler Sleep Basics

Know how to help with bedtime struggles, frequent night wakings, early wake-ups, and so much more.


Creating Customized Sleep Plans

Learn exactly how to create successful sleep plans and develop a sleep plan template you can easily and quickly customize.


When to Refer Out

Sometimes, sleep training may not be an appropriate solution, Know how and when to refer your client to another professional.