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Traditionally, someone else has employed nurses and midwives. Therefore, the change to delivering nursing/midwifery care unencumbered by traditional bureaucracy must be balanced against the difficulties inherent in establishing an independent practice. Success in your own business depends on the possession of specific resources, such as organisational skills, adequate finances, physical stamina, emotional resilience and the desire to be your own boss. These skills will be critical as the nurse/midwife clinician or nurse/midwife consultant develops a business plan and makes crucial decisions, such as how to gain access to clients.