Erin Tolbert: Finding Autonomy in Entrepreneurship

Erin Tolbert started MidLevelU "to share her life and love of the NP [nurse practitioner]  profession with prospective and practicing nurse practitioners and the healthcare community as a whole." The goal of MidLevelU is to build a thriving online community to support nurse practitioners from the beginning of their education through the rest of their career. She shares her thoughts on entrepreneurship and the EC in this week's member spotlight. 

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Describe yourself in one word:

Focused.

Why are you interested in entrepreneurship?

Being an entrepreneur allows me to help solve some of the problems I have identified in my profession and gives me the autonomy to do so in the way I think will work best. It's fun to develop a plan, put the plan into action, and see it work out!

If you could meet any entrepreneur, who would it be?

Wendy Kopp, the co-founder of Teach for America. Our company offers a similar program that matches healthcare providers with medically underserved communities. So, I would like to hear more about her experience.

What is your favorite aspect of the EC?

The treadmill desk.

What advice would you give someone seeking to create, launch, or grow a business?

Enjoy the learning process. As an entrepreneur, I have many roles and responsibilities so I am constantly learning new things. While it can be frustrating not to be the expert in each of these roles, enjoy the process of being challenged and developing new skill sets.

How do you balance the entrepreneurial lifestyle?

I set well-rounded goals. Starting a business can be all-consuming. So, in addition to setting business goals, I include personal and family endeavors in my list of what I plan to accomplish or spend time on for the month.