14 Ways to Make Extra Income as a Pharmacist

Looking for new ways to make extra money to reach your financial goals in your pharmacy? Look no further. Here are 14 great ideas that can help you increase your income streams and add on to your skills along the way.

1. Help with special projects

Educate patients on medication changes. This is a special project that can lead to additional overtime. Since opportunities like this are hard to find, ask your manager to notify you when one opens up.

2. Add on to your credentials

Adding qualifications and specializations to your resume can often increase your pay. Check out all of the board certifications and special credentials available. Find out if there is financial aid to help you pay for this. These include:

  • Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP)
  • Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
  • Board certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist (BCNSP)
  • Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist (BCPPS)
  • Certified Pain Education (CPE)

3. Check out telepharmacy gigs

Manage prescription orders, review dosage information, and provide patient services virtually through telepharmacy services. Check out websites like PiplineRX and FlexJobs to see if there are any available positions.

4. Try your hand in medical writing

Healthcare companies are always in need of good content to educate their clients. In fact, medical companies need qualified writers to turn scientific and clinical information into content patients can understand. There’s a lot of potential income you can gain from online medical writing. Look up medical-writing social media groups to network with. You might even consider joining the American Medical Writers Association for writing resources and job opportunities.

5. Run your own consulting business

Are you a seasoned pharmacist? Share your knowledge and experience with those who are just starting out or need assistance. You can easily do this work on the side while having a full-time job. Get your consulting business up and running with online programs like Pharmapreneur Academy.

6. Teach or lecture

Do you have experience in pharmacy and teaching? Teach at a local pharmacy school or online program. Look into other healthcare programs that teach pharmacy topics, too. If you don’t have teaching experience, offer free lectures or discussion sessions to gain the experience.

7. Become a business or life coach

Coaching encourages and guides clients to become more self-aware. Use your pharmaceutical skills to help motivate others to reach their goals. Check out coaching businesses for inspiration.

8. Start your own podcast

Do you have the gift of gab? Great! Use your knowledge to start a podcast. Check out the podcasts that cater to pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Your podcast can focus on a variety of subjects that combine personal and professional experience.

9. Offer test prep resources and services

Create test-prep resources or offer one-on-one services for healthcare students to generate income.

10. Create an online support group

Create support groups for demographics in the pharmacy world through social media and other online platforms. Then, sell tailored products and services for the group, and gain a solid following. Lastly, don’t forget to charge membership fees.

11. Be a tutor

Help pharmacy students in your area and become a tutor. Or, reach a wider range of students by video conferencing.

12. Become a medical transcriptionist

All you need is a laptop and the ability to write quickly. Plus, it’s an easy job once you get the hang of it.

13. Be a proofreader

A proofreader can work anytime and anywhere. Review student assignments in the comfort of your own home. Take research proposals with you to proof on your lunch break. No matter where you work, you’ll earn extra income. Plus, you’ll earn higher rates depending on your specializations and experience.

14. Start a resource blog

Start a blog that provides resources for pharmacists or students and monetize it. Your blog can bring in income by using affiliate marketing and ads. Plus, you can create and sell ebooks, study guides, and even courses through your blog. They’re easy to advertise and will always be relevant to the pharmaceutical content.

Choose something you know you’ll enjoy. Then, go for it! Before you know it, you’ll reach your financial goals. Plus, you met some wonderful, new people along the way.

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