By Courtney Lee MS, RDN, CLT, CFCS
Nutrition and entrepreneurship complement each other really well. Part of this is due to the ever-changing landscape of nutrition science, applied nutrition, and diet options. But the primary reason may be because nutrition is personal, and everyone eats. Every person’s diet, lifestyle, health, culture, values, priorities, and preferences are totally unique to them.
This leaves huge opportunities for endless ways to customize and individualize nutrition therapies to specific individuals and groups. Registered dietitians may also look toward entrepreneurship to increase their earnings or to pursue career advancement opportunities.
Regardless of what is prompting you to think about entrepreneurship, know that you’re not alone, and the need for customization in nutrition means there really is room for all of us! Also know that nutrition entrepreneurship does not necessarily mean starting your own business. Instead, it could be:
- Working as a consultant dietitian for Dietitians On Demand around your permanent job’s schedule
- Creating meal plans for facilities
- Completing nutrient analysis of cycle menus for organizations
- Consulting at a long-term care facility
- Picking up a PRN or per diem position at another facility
- Nutrition blogging
- Nutrition public speaking
Starting your own business or private practice is a great option too and can be whatever you make of it. You don’t have to have a perfect plan, tons of years of experience, or everything figured out to start your business. If you have a vision and a passion, go for it! Passion to help others improve their health through nutrition motivates all of us daily. That passion is essential to making your business a success. There are tons of great resources available to aspiring dietitian entrepreneurs. Check out the Unconventional RD and Dietitian HQ, just to name a few.
If you have a great idea or are looking to earn extra income, consider becoming a dietitian entrepreneur! You never know where it may lead you.
Courtney Lee MS, RDN, CLT, CFCS has a virtual private practice specializing in personalized nutrition & anti-inflammatory diets. She loves helping people use nutrition to change their lives and enjoys empowering other RDNs to do the same! www.courtneyleerd.com.
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