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Freelancing: A Viable Career Option?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2018 7:43:23 PM / by Ann Lopez Aziz posted in Freelancing

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Most adults in Asia and other cities around the world work through their lifetimes to earn a monthly wage to support themselves and family. This typically is an eight-hour day, or nine hours, or 10 to 12 these days, five or five and a half days a week! That’s a lot of time given over, in one’s lifetime, to work. You work all week, all month and all year long, for an average of 14 to 16 annual leave days in a year, so that you can enjoy a little off-time with family and friends.

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The Pros and Cons of Working with a Locum Agency

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2018 5:32:42 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Freelancing

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This article is written by April Han. She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur. With a formal education in Business Administration and years of working with healthcare startups under her belt, she is able to provide valuable advice to aspiring locums in terms of creativity, innovation, and discovery of solutions to the challenges amid our society’s growing demand for health services. A life-long learner with a growth mindset, she is currently expanding her knowledge of the healthcare marketplace through online courses and hands-on training from world-class mentors.

There are many ways to find work as a locum GP, but working with a locum agency is one of the easiest and most popular. A close second is working completely independently. This means you keep all the money you earn from your locum work. You also have more freedom regarding decision-making. But independent locums face a lot of administrative tasks which most physicians aren’t used to and possibly has little to no patience in handling them.

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How to Reduce Locum GP Expenses

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 24, 2018 6:13:57 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Freelancing

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This article is written by April Han. She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur. With a formal education in Business Administration and years of working with healthcare startups under her belt, she is able to provide valuable advice to aspiring locums in terms of creativity, innovation, and discovery of solutions to the challenges amid our society’s growing demand for health services. A life-long learner with a growth mindset, she is currently expanding her knowledge of the healthcare marketplace through online courses and hands-on training from world-class mentors.

Better income is one of the many advantages of working as a locum doctor. It, however, won’t make much of a difference without smart money management. Your tax and pension contributions are deducted from your salary if you’re in a permanent GP post. You have to know that when starting locum work, you will be managing your own invoices and other financial matters.

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6 Non-Clinical Income-Generating Ideas for Locum GPs

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 17, 2018 7:56:58 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Freelancing

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This article is written by April Han. She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur. With a formal education in Business Administration and years of working with healthcare startups under her belt, she is able to provide valuable advice to aspiring locums in terms of creativity, innovation, and discovery of solutions to the challenges amid our society’s growing demand for health services. A life-long learner with a growth mindset, she is currently expanding her knowledge of the healthcare marketplace through online courses and hands-on training from world-class mentors.

Looking for some income-generating ideas for locum GPs? One of the most renowned literary idols could give you an idea.

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4 Podcasts Every Doctor Should Listen to in 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 10, 2018 5:22:36 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Freelancing

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This article is written by April Han. She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur. With a formal education in Business Administration and years of working with healthcare startups under her belt, she is able to provide valuable advice to aspiring locums in terms of creativity, innovation, and discovery of solutions to the challenges amid our society’s growing demand for health services. A life-long learner with a growth mindset, she is currently expanding her knowledge of the healthcare marketplace through online courses and hands-on training from world-class mentors.

The word “podcast” was coined in 2004. It is a portmanteau of the two words “iPod” and “broadcast.” A podcast is an audio show that is usually made up of a series of episodes. They can be downloaded from the Internet to your computer or mobile device so you can listen to it whenever and wherever you go.

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5 Conveniences Of Being A Freelance Nurse With CaregiverAsia

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2018 11:51:40 AM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Freelancing

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Hi everyone, my name’s Fadhilah. I’ve been working as a nurse for about four years, I’ve worked in hospitals as an emergency room nurse for about a year, and eventually moving on to being a renal nurse for another one and a half years. I’ve also looked after newborn babies, post-natal mothers and paediatric patients.

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How to Increase Your Income as a Locum GP

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 13, 2018 3:14:38 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Freelancing

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This article is written by April Han. She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur. With a formal education in Business Administration and years of working with healthcare startups under her belt, she is able to provide valuable advice to aspiring locums in terms of creativity, innovation, and discovery of solutions to the challenges amid our society’s growing demand for health services. A life-long learner with a growth mindset, she is currently expanding her knowledge of the healthcare marketplace through online courses and hands-on training from world-class mentors.

General practitioners choose to do locum work to increase their income while working fewer hours. Whether it’s your main source of income or you do it to supplement your income as a salaried employee, locum work can help you earn more than full-time doctors. In fact, better income is one of the advantages of working as a locum doctor.

This is, however, only possible if you know how to earn and work smart. Here are some tips that will help you succeed in the field and the process, increase your income as a locum GP.

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Personal Branding for Locum GPs: How to Do It and Why

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 23, 2018 7:41:09 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Freelancing

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This article is written by April Han. She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur. With a formal education in Business Administration and years of working with healthcare startups under her belt, she is able to provide valuable advice to aspiring locums in terms of creativity, innovation, and discovery of solutions to the challenges amid our society’s growing demand for health services. A life-long learner with a growth mindset, she is currently expanding her knowledge of the healthcare marketplace through online courses and hands-on training from world-class mentors.

General practitioners are often proud of what they do, albeit quietly. Many find the now popular practice of self-promotion. It is, however, a necessary part of going freelance especially when you just started being a locum GP.

Some people may advise you to “be everywhere.” Use social media, join online forums, have a blog, and go to networking activities here and there. This can be exhausting and could take a lot of your time. Self-promotion is but a small piece of the whole puzzle. With self-promotion, you can make people know you, like you, and trust you. But the big question is, who are those people?

This is where personal branding comes in.

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11 Things You Should Know About Setting Your Singapore Locum GP Rates

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 16, 2018 6:56:41 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Freelancing

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This article is written by April Han. She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur. With a formal education in Business Administration and years of working with healthcare startups under her belt, she is able to provide valuable advice to aspiring locums in terms of creativity, innovation, and discovery of solutions to the challenges amid our society’s growing demand for health services. A life-long learner with a growth mindset, she is currently expanding her knowledge of the healthcare marketplace through online courses and hands-on training from world-class mentors.

Singapore locum GP rate varies widely. The unwritten rule, however, is that rates of pay tend to be higher when hired directly by practices because you won’t need to pay any agency fees. You can negotiate with the practice with regards to the hours and rates they normally provide for locum doctors.

We suggest that you consider the following factors when setting your Singapore locum GP rates:

  • Your years of experience
  • The number of patients you’re required to see
  • The complexity of the disease
  • The duration of the consultation

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Where to Find a Support Network for Locum GPs

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 9, 2018 6:54:22 PM / by Friends of CaregiverAsia posted in Freelancing

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This article is written by April Han. She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur. With a formal education in Business Administration and years of working with healthcare startups under her belt, she is able to provide valuable advice to aspiring locums in terms of creativity, innovation, and discovery of solutions to the challenges amid our society’s growing demand for health services. A life-long learner with a growth mindset, she is currently expanding her knowledge of the healthcare marketplace through online courses and hands-on training from world-class mentors.

Professional isolation is one of the biggest problems faced by locum GPs. Solo general practitioners are more likely to experience this problem, according to the 2015 Finding My Place report by Australia-based NGO Rural Health West. Some of the most notable effects of professional isolation are stress, limited access to healthcare, and limited knowledge of the present state of their performance. These consequences have a direct impact on performance quality.

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