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2022 Small Business Grants For Entrepreneurs

Business grant recipients Small business grants are financial awards available to entrepreneurs and business owners who typically have fewer than 500 employees. The funding can come from a government agency, a non-profit organization, or another for-profit company. Awards typically range from $500 to up to $100,000.

Eligibility varies, and can depend on your location, your income, your ethnicity, your gender, your experience in business, as well as your longevity in business. Some small business grants can even require that you participate in a competition or write an essay to demonstrate your talents or need.

Grant funding is often provided to further the growth and development of small businesses - thus the term "Small Business Grants." Other grant programs are created to assist disadvantaged minority-owned businesses - thus the term "Minority Business Grants."

Grant funding (fully or partially) essentially means that the money that an applying entrepreneur receives is not considered as a part of his or her own risk. In other words, it’s completely risk free. The amount granted does not have to be repaid. This is much different than a business loan, which does require repayment with interest.

However, they are typically stipulations that grant recipients have to follow. Grantors usually require that the funding be used as indicated on the grant application, and in some cases (especially for large grant amounts), regular reports have to be made to the grantor to show that the grantee is using the funding appropriately. Some programs, though, have no stipulations at all, and how the funds are used is entirely up to the recipient.

Here are some of the top small business grant opportunities for US-based businesses:

Amber Business Grants For Women Dare to Dream Grant Program
DOT Disadvantage Business Enterprise Program Fedex Small Business Grant Contest
Huggies Mom Inspired Grant Program Intuit "Love Our Local Business" Competition
Miller Lite Tap the Future® Business Plan Competition Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Grants
National Association for the Self Employed (NASE) Growth Grants SBIR and STTR Grant Programs
Small Business Administration (SBA) Funding Programs StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Award
USDA Rural Business Development Grants VetFran Business Grant Fund
Women's Business Center (WBC) Grant Program  


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Side Jobs for Nurses To Earn Extra Money

 

Side Jobs for Nurses To Earn Extra Money

While many nurses and medical professionals earn solid wages and pay, there are still many who take on second jobs to help pay for things like student debt. Nursing is a profession where it’s common for many people to moonlight—take on a second job that works around their primary job.

There are many things to know before moonlighting, but most importantly, you should know that it’s not for everyone, as it can be a tremendous strain. But if you’re a nurse looking for a side job to earn extra money, we’ve got some ideas below.

Telehealth Nurse

The pandemic has brought on many changes in the health-care industry, and telehealth is one of those new trends that looks like it’ll stick around. The emerging telehealth industry is for people who don’t want to or physically can’t visit a doctor’s office, and they would rather have a physician or nurse evaluate them over video.

Telehealth is becoming more common yearly, and many companies need more nurses and medical professionals to keep up with the growing demand. It’s an ideal job for nurses, as many telehealth companies allow professionals to work around their schedules, and they can work from home.

Blogger/Health Writer

Do you like writing down your thoughts on social media or in your personal journal at the end of the day? You could get paid for those thoughts and expertise by becoming a freelance blogger and health writer!

Health and wellness writing is a huge online business—many websites, blogs, and publications are always on the hunt for nurses and other medical professionals with the experience and authority needed to speak on prevalent health-care issues. Many medical websites also need writing help for informational content, so there are plenty of opportunities for the writing-inclined nurse.

Course Instructor

Another way that nurses can use their expertise and experience when off the clock is by becoming an instructor for classes like CPR and first aid. It doesn’t take much training to get certified as a CPR or first aid instructor, and for many nurses, it’s a simple review.

Instructors for these classes typically work nights and teach medical students or companies who hire instructors to certify their employees in CPR and first aid. It can be a lucrative side hustle for many medical professionals and is easy for those who like to teach.

Pro-Tip

Not sure where to start? Ask around at the YMCA or other health-focused community organizations about offering first aid or CPR courses for you to teach.

Caregiver

Another side job for nurses to earn extra money is by becoming part-time caregivers. Home health companies are always looking to hire new caregivers as more and more people require medical help at home due to age, illness, or injury.

For nurses, that means many can work freelance or join a caregiving company and choose their hours. Plus, the strong demand for caregivers means it’s a well-paying but relatively easy side job for many nurses.

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