Home Business Ideas: Caretaker


For a work at home mom, there's a lot of options for opening up a small business, and one of them that's getting a lot of attention is a "caretaker" or "caregiver" role. Though people used to think of the term caretaker as someone who takes care of a property, the same term is now being used for professionals who care for the disabled. Anyone who has limited mobility or inability to drive can need assistance with some basic tasks. That's where independent caretaker professionals come into play. With some basic attention to what potential clients need, you can be on your way to creating your own viable small business and helping out people in your community at the same time.

Key Qualifications

When individuals are starting out in learning how to take care of people, whether they are looking for a job from a medical facility or network or expecting to go out on their own to get clients, a basic CNA certification can go a long way. A CNA or Certified Nurse's Aid program include some basics like giving medication, helping with sanitation and other basic medical functions for the disabled, the elderly or anyone needing daily assistance. The CNA certification is not the only qualification out there, but it is fastly becoming an industry standard. Think about this or some other certification or degree to qualify yourself for this kind of job role.

Tools and Transportation

Your beginning aide or caretaker business might not involve a lot of medical gear. In the beginning, your expenses may be generally limited to professional clothes and good transportation to visit client houses. However, the best small aide or caretaker businesses do have some basic medical equipment at their disposal, items like medication containers, gloves, and sanitary products. Think about what you will need and look into getting quick and easy supply channels.


The caretaker operation is a kind of small business that may benefit from having some insurance in place. Talk to insurance company representatives about the "industry standard" for your size and type of business, and look at available policy prices to see if getting some insurance is in your best interest. Having proof of business insurance listed on your business card can help you legitimatize a startup.

Promoting Your Business

In the beginning, you may want to either work or volunteer in your community in local medical networks, or collaborate with hospitals or other facilities and promote your business at public events. Some who are just starting out in a nurse's aide type role can find individual clients through want ads, but getting your business into the public eye will help you find a steadier stream of potential clients.

Business Structure

When you actively start providing the services you planned for, you'll be engaged in running your own business. You may operate for a long time as a "sole proprietor," an individual engaged in a solo business practice, or you may expand and need to add employees. Always keep an eye out for how changes will affect your local legal status, annual tax filing needs, and other legal and financial aspects of your business. As the owner and operator of your business, you'll be engaged in more than just caring for people; you'll also have the responsibility to maintain the books and make sure that your business is set up properly.

Attention to all of the above aspects of your business will help you build a startup that thrives.

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