Reintroducing Expeditive Blog

We’ve been away from this blog for a short period of time, so a partial reintroduction seems to be in order.

We are called Expeditive, and we’re a health care interim financial staffing company. We have placed medical billing and revenue cycle people in hospitals and other medical facilities across the United States. So we don’t totally repeat ourselves, here’s the link to our first introductory post.

Since that time, we’ve added some new components to our staffing practice. We now can also place chief financial officers. We actually started doing this last August, but never mentioned it on this blog. Interim chief financial officers are definitely needed, and good ones are hard to find, especially those who can come in and make immediate positive impacts, while realizing that they’re only holding the spot for a short period of time. We’re happy to provide this type of placement now.

We also now have two vice presidents in the company, which is a very positive note for our company. One of our vice presidents will take care of our financial operations, as our company enjoys internal growth in the market. Our other vice president will be over operations to help manage and oversee all the staff that we have placed in medical facilities, including physicians offices. These moves will make Expeditive more efficient in its overall operations.

We are honored to have this space to share information and to help describe what we do here and there. We appreciate your following this blog, and hope to interact with many of you in the future.


What It Takes To Be An Independent Contractor, Part Two

This is the second part of our brief series on what it takes to be an independent contractor. You can check out part one, then read the rest of the series here as we pick up our tips from number four.

4. You have to learn how to pack for business travel. This is much different than packing to go on vacation. You have to remember to pack for business, pleasure and relaxation. You have to remember to pack any business manuals. You have to remember to pack all toiletries. You might have to remember to bring your laptop. You certainly must remember to bring any medications you might need. And you might want to pack things such as plastic utensils, plates, and even snacks and foods you can eat in the hotel.

5. You have to learn how to be self assured. You don’t get to be a shrinking violet if you’re going to be an independent contractor. Your learning curve is much shorter than working a traditional job; after all, you’re being promoted as a professional who knows backward and forward how to do the job you’re being hired for. You need to be ready to write reports of your progress, something you probably didn’t have to do as an employee. You have to be ready to give your opinion whenever asked. You have to learn how to defer to others at times. You have to learn NOT to give answers to questions you don’t know, but then know how to go find the answers required. You don’t go in as a know-it-all, but you do go in as someone who’s supposed to be very competent in everything you do.

6. You have to be ready for anything. You could arrive at a client site and be heading back home on the same day because they’ve decided to go in a different direction. You could be asked to stay much longer than you had intended. You could be asked to do a different job than what you had anticipated. You might have to stand up for yourself when it comes to the hotel choice. You might find yourself having to deal with many different personalities. And you might find yourself totally alone, not making friends with anyone you work with or outside of work, and spending a lot of time in your own company.

What It Takes To Be An Independent Contractor, Part One

Expeditive handles independent contractors and consultants. Many times we’re lucky in that the people we work with have experience of some kind in working independently. At other times, we get someone new, with work experience but no experience in working on their own. What does it take to work for oneself? And just how to you go about it?

Here are some tips on what it’s all about. This is a two part post, the second of which obviously will follow this one.

1. You’re going to need a good resume. Some people can work without resumes, but it’s very rare. A resume for working as an independent must look different than a resume for when you’re applying for a job. You’ll still list either previous employers or places you worked, but this time what potential employers are looking for is proof of how you worked on your own, without someone leading you. They want to see achievements of some sort, not just that you know how to do this or that. For instance, if you’re putting in for a billing gig, it’s understood that you know how to do billing. The question is what sets you apart from the crowd and how will your accomplishments make your potential client better?

2. You have to decide if you’re ready to open yourself up to a drug test or credit screening. Some potential clients will request one of these, and you have to decide if you’re willing to submit yourself to either one. More ask for drug tests than credit reports, just so you know. If you’re unwilling, it could potentially limit the number of assignments you get, especially in certain areas of the country, as the south is more apt to ask for it than the northeast.

3. You have to decide where you’re willing to work. Assignments could be anywhere in the United States, and if you’re not experienced in traveling on a consistent basis, you might find traveling into different time zones stressful. Heading from the east to the west still allows you to arrive on the same day almost always; going the other way sometimes means you won’t arrive home until the day after. And, because it’s hard getting used to time zones, you might find yourself staying at a location multiple weeks, and then taking an extended weekend to go home. You might find it easier to stay within your time zone, within so many miles from home, or even just going one time zone from your own.

Now that you’ve seen how this series began, you can go read part two.