Free is for me


I love free things. Free samples, free food, free hugs. Free anything. But my favorite freebie? Knowledge.

For example, Harvard offers free online courses through edx. Sure, I may not know the first thing about the nervous system, but that’s not about to stop me from taking “Fundamentals of Neuroscience Part 1: Electrical Properties of the Neuron.”

Actual screenshot from Fundamentals of Neuroscience Part 1: Electrical Properties of the Neuron


I’ll download almost any course/book/how-to, because no matter how obscure or extraneous the content is, if I can gain even just one nugget of practical information to improve myself or expand my mind, it’s worth it. Also, I like getting something for nothing. Feels like I’m beating the system.

But today, I actually downloaded something that actually relates to my job. VGM’s 2016 HME Business Playbook.

I’m going to be honest, I haven’t completely read through it yet (mainly because I’d like to post this blog before Liz notices it’s been more than a week since my last), but from what I’ve looked at so far, it’s pretty easy to digest (which is more than I can say for the Fundamentals of Neuroscience). It highlights trends, business opportunities, cost-savings suggestions, competitive bidding info and reimbursement alternatives, with a whole bunch of nifty graphics—for free!

It can’t be overstated that I have no horses in this race. VGM isn’t paying me to hawk their (free) book—although if interested, I would be happy to set something up offshore. Whether you download it or not, it won’t make a difference to me, but one little nugget of illumination could make a difference to you.