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From Hospital Staff to Locum Provider: How to Make the Leap

While the concept of being an independent provider (commonly called locum) may not be new to you, if you’re just starting to consider it for yourself, you undoubtedly have questions about how to make the leap.

A Freedom-based Lifestyle
Countless reasons exist for choosing the freedom and power of a locum lifestyle. Are you looking to increase your income while staying with your full-time employer? Are you just getting out of residency and want to explore new areas while building your career? Or are you seeking a flexible income in order to have a better quality of life for you and your family? Whatever your reason for considering a move to becoming an independent provider, the first step is to get your questions answered.

Let Us Guide You
Leaving the comforts of a familiar schedule and full-time employer can invoke feelings of uneasiness and fear for some (even if you’re more than ready to make the leap!). We’ve counseled thousands of providers just like you who have had similar feelings and questions about how to launch a career as an independent provider. We have compiled our top three tips to help you get started.

Make Your Leap to Independence Smoother with these 3 Tips:

1. Dip your toes in the water before committing.  
We get it. With change comes apprehension. So before you commit to working in a whole new way, why not try out a few shifts? It’s easy to start with Wapiti – just work with our recruitment team to choose a specific location in the upper Midwest that has a length of travel, volume, and pay rate you’re comfortable with. If you ultimately decide that the location or hospital is not the best fit for you, that’s okay — our scheduling team will work with you to find a location and schedule that better fits your needs.

2. Find a company that will support you through the process.
Having a company to support you through this time of transition means you will always have someone available to answer your questions or direct you to someone else who can. Our recruitment, credentialing, and scheduling team will be available every step of the way. Your schedule and needs are our top priority, and we do everything we can do accommodate your requests. We even have a 24/7 service line that you can call if anything isn’t right while you’re on location.

3. Set yourself up as a business (it’s easier than you think).
When you begin your career as an independent provider, you transition from a W-2 employee to a 1099 contractor. You are your own business (and your own boss!). You have the option of becoming a sole-proprietor, LLC or to incorporate your business. To obtain the best information for your specific situation, we recommend consulting your attorney or accountant who can answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Take the First Step
If you’re considering becoming an independent provider, we would love to connect with you to help you navigate the transition with ease. Our desire is to make the process as simple and easy as possible so you can begin your new lifestyle of flexibility, freedom, and choice.

Connect with one of our recruiters today! Call (888) 733-4428 or email