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The sharing economy is the future for dental professionals

COVID-19 devastated many industries and cost thousands of workers across the US their jobs. But one small piece of positivity to come out of the destructive virus is many employers recognizing the importance of the sharing economy and leveraging the skills of independent contractors.

Remember catching a ride before Uber and Lyft? Booking vacation accommodation before Vrbo and Airbnb? Ordering from your favorite food place before DoorDash and GrubHub? 

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There’s no denying that these tech-centered platforms have had a huge impact on all kinds of industries and assist many of us in our day-to-day lives. Connecting useful resources with those who need them isn’t a new concept. Job placement agencies and classified ads have been around for years.

But recently, cloud-based technology has made it possible to form those convenient connections in real time. This is a greatly beneficial improvement when business is fluctuating massively on an almost daily basis.

When the sharing economy first emerged, many people were skeptical about how long it would last. But the fact that it’s still thriving today proves how enduring the concept really is. 

According to a report by Statista, the number of people using the sharing economy in the US grew considerably from 44.8 million in 2016 up to 86.5 million in 2021. Spendmenot.com estimates that by 2020, the sharing economy will reach $355 billion.

These remarkable figures are definitive proof that there’s a huge appeal of the sharing economy trend. To take advantage of the favorable statistics, various platforms have been created across diverse fields, matching specialized workers with clients. 

Now, the sharing economy has extended its reach to dentistry and dental offices across the nation are hiring through the premier online job-matching platform, Cloud Dentistry. 

Dental jobs are perfect for the sharing economy.

Dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental nurses and other professionals who assist dental operators are swapping their tired 9-to-5 scheduled for exciting freelance opportunities which let them provide their services directly to dental practices.

Working as an independent contractor isn’t limited to those who work alongside dentists. Even the dentists and dental specialists themselves are choosing temporary jobs. At a time when a reliable full-time job at a single practice is hard to find, working temp jobs at several different dental practices is one of the best ways to achieve job security.

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Temp work has always been available for dental professionals, but there’s a big difference between the sharing-economy model and dental temp agencies.

In the past, dental professionals in need of work would look to placement agencies for jobs. The problem with this outdated system is that the worker answered to the agency in almost every respect. Today’s professionals want flexibility and control over their own careers. And the sharing economy can make that happen.

Dental assistant jobs

Working as a dental assistant is a great way to make a real difference to people’s oral health. Full-time and part-time dental assistants provide essential services as dentist supporters. They’re critical to the oral hygiene team, assisting the dental hygienist and the dentist. They keep the workflow moving, helping both patients and practice staff have a pleasant experience in the practice.

If you’re looking for dental assisting jobs, you can send resumes to practices, search job boards like Craigslist, work with a dental assistant placement agency...or you can acknowledge how valuable your time and skills are and find a job you love with Cloud Dentistry.

Joining the sharing economy puts you in control of your own dental assistant career. It gives you the freedom to choose your own locations, schedule and rates. 

Dental hygienist jobs

Dental hygienists work on the front lines, helping their patients improve both their oral hygiene and their overall health. Their responsibilities vary by practice and state, but these highly trained professionals generally act as both helpers and practitioners. They perform preventive care and advise patients on nutrition and self-care.

If you’re a registered dental hygienist, permanent employment and short-term assignments are both options for you. Whichever you choose, sharing-style platforms can help you achieve your professional goals. Traveling dental hygienist work is growing increasingly popular. The freedom and control associated with this style of work appeals to many RDHs.

Dentist and dental specialist jobs

Many dentists and dental specialists own independent practices or are franchise owners. Although the pressure to own a practice seems high, a rising number of dentists are choosing to work in short-term jobs.

If you’re a DDS or a specialist, you should only open a practice if the time is right. In the past, you had to choose between running your own business and working for someone else. The sharing economy provides a third alternative: the opportunity to work for yourself as an independent contractor, offering your services to established practices. 

Hiring in the sharing economy has advantages, too.

Dental practices have always needed temps. When a vacancy arises or there’s a short-term increase in demand, a practice owner needs to act fast. Vacancies in dental assisting and dental hygiene translate into lower production, frustrated patients and lost income. Gaps in staffing at the front desk or in billing mean silly mistakes, unhappy patients and wasted time. 

The sharing economy provides a hassle-free solution to these problems, allowing dental practice owners to fill their staffing needs quickly, easily and affordably. 

By cutting out the middleman present in dental temp agencies, the sharing economy model saves practice owners considerable sums of money. Temp agency fees tend to be unjustifiably high, especially when you decide to bring on a temp as a permanent employee. 

With Cloud Dentistry, practices have instant access to thousands of qualified dental professionals for a single monthly fee. It’s the sharing economy model at its best: pairing those who need something directly with those who have it.

Sharing and dentistry: It’s a natural fit.

Pairing job seekers with dental practices is an important service. The easier it is to make the connection, the better. That’s what makes the sharing economy so important, especially during times of economic uncertainty.

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Today’s technology puts information and communication at our fingertips and the sharing economy puts that to use in many industries. In an innovative, forward-thinking move, Cloud Dentistry is bringing the sharing economy model to dentistry. This means many benefits for both practice owners and dental professionals.

The sharing economy is predicted to grow over the coming years. It’s changed ride hailing, overnight trips, food delivery and odd jobs. And now the model is making its way into professional sectors, too.

With such a bright future in store for the sharing economy, it’s no wonder dentistry is getting in on it. Cloud technology makes sharing-style job matching possible and Cloud Dentistry is leading the charge.