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Wants to Start a Home Care Business

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by Nurse Beth Nurse Beth, MSN (Advice Column) Writer Innovator Expert

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Dear Nurse Beth,

Hello... As a health care assistant... I would want to start a personal home care for the elderly.... I was wondering if I can? And where would I start?

Dear health care assistant,

It takes a special person to care for the elderly. You need compassion and patience. If you are willing to learn the ins and outs of owning a business, home care is a growing field.

If you are going to start a business, you need a few things.

State requirements are variable. First, research your state laws to find out if your state regulates home care agencies or not. Some states require licensure, some do not. Simply go to google and type "how to start a home care business in..........(your state)"

If you live in a state that requires licensure, you will have to apply to the state for licensure and there will be an application fee. There may be requirements for application, such as a background check and specialized training on elder abuse. Every state is different.

You need to obtain an Employee Identification Number from the IRS, which can be done online. Pick a name for your business and apply for a business license through your city.

Consider startup costs, such as a dedicated phone line, a computer and printer, liability insurance. You will need set a fee structure and do basic accounting, such as invoicing.

Good luck and I hope it works out for you.

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth

Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!



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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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In addition to the above, contact the  Small Business Administration.

to see if their is an office in your area. They offer courses on starting a business, mentoring program, along with online courses available.


We support America's small businesses. The SBA connects entrepreneurs with lenders and funding to help them plan, start and grow their business.


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