How to Start a Personal Home Care Provider Business

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Entrepreneur.com reports that with the senior population growing, personal care providers are increasingly in demand. Helping people remain in the homes they love as long as possible through their golden years can be a labor of love, as well as a very profitable exercise. A personal home care provider business is especially rewarding for people with a heart for serving the elderly.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • QuickBooks computer software
  • Employment applications

How to Start a Personal Care Provider Home Business

Figure out who you want to provide care for. Many older people only need help with personal care and household chores. Some need higher levels of care, including medical assistance. Determine whom you are qualified to service. This will also determine the kinds of employees you seek to hire and whether or not they need any medical or service experience.

Get the permits required to run a home care business. Every state has its own requirements for licensing and permits for each industry. If you are not sure what the needs are in your community, contact your local town hall for guidance. Your state Department of Aging can also advise you.

Figure out how much working capital you will need to start and run your business. A way to simply this process is to purchase QuickBooks Pro accounting software. The program has a feature that helps you figure out your budget. It is very simple to use and no in-depth knowledge of accounting is required.

Find suitable office space for your business. Ideally you want to have enough room where you can train your caregivers in a classroom-style setting. The office must be in a clean location in an acceptable neighborhood that will make a positive impression on networking partners and potential clients who come to meet with you there. You will also be conducting employee interviews there, so a professional appearance is important if you want to attract quality help.

Interview potential caregivers, keeping in mind that they will be sent into a client's home. Ask yourself the question, "Would I let this person take care of my own mother or father?"

Have the applicant fill out an application for employment. You can purchase these forms at any office supply store. Also have her sign a form consenting to a criminal background check and drug testing.

Market your business to get clients while getting the most out of your advertising budget. Networking is an effective way to get new clients that costs very little or no money. Contact other businesses that service the elderly but are not competing with you. For example, medical supply stores have a large client base of senior citizens. Make an agreement that if they pass out your cards and brochures to their customers, you will do the same. The more businesses you can network with, the faster your business will grow.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to check a potential caregiver's employment references carefully.
  • Understand that this business requires you to be available for contact 24/7. If a caregiver doesn't show up for work, you will most likely have to take his shift.

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