How to Start a Home Care Business


If you are a budding entrepreneur and find nothing more rewarding than taking care of people, you might be interested in starting up a home care business. Like any other new company, a home care business will not be without challenges, but knowing you are making a difference in people’s lives will make your work all that bit more rewarding. As the home health care market continues to grow, there has never been a better time to start up a home care business.

Decide What Level of Support You Will Offer

The first thing that you will need to do when setting up a home care business is to decide on the level of support that you will offer. More specifically, you will need to determine whether you are offering skilled medical support. For example, a non-medical business will support people with personal care and living assistance tasks like housekeeping and meal preparation. On the other hand, a skilled medical home health agency will provide licensed nursing services subject to strict guidelines and protocol. If you have no professional medical training or experience, you are likely better off starting a more general support service.

What Training Will You Need?

Just because you are not providing a dedicated medical service does not mean that you will not need any training. As a business owner, you will benefit from completing a specialized course to ensure you can run a business in this field. In addition, you should look into taking an online MBA in Healthcare Admin to ensure you are in the best position to make this business a success.

As a business owner, you will ultimately be responsible for the training of your staff. Therefore, you will need to gain relevant industry knowledge to ensure that you are providing your staff with the very best training. In addition, the quality of the training that you provide will have a direct impact on the quality of your service, so make sure that staff training is to the highest standard.

Create a Business Plan

Once you have determined the purpose of your organization and gained the skills and knowledge needed to run this business successfully, it is time to make a business plan. The purpose of a business plan is twofold. Firstly, your business plan should outline your vision for the company. Secondly, your business plan should act as a roadmap that outlines how you will achieve this vision. For example, a detailed business plan will cover how you will support your business financially, when you will employ staff, and how you will win clients.

You should also complete market research while writing your business plan. This will help you more accurately determine the types of challenges you are likely to face and the existing competition level.

Setting Up the Company

By this stage, you will be ready to begin formally setting up your company. There are several steps that are required to set up a home care company formally, these include:

  • Setting up a business entity
  • Obtaining an employer ID number
  • Registering your business
  • Obtaining license requirements
  • Obtaining insurance

Once you have formally set up your business, you can begin to hire caregivers and begin marketing your business.