Thinking about becoming a self-employed paid carer?
The start of a new year is a great time for change. If you are just starting out as a paid carer, or you have been working for a provider for a while, then you may have considered going self-employed and offering care and support in your local area.
There are plenty of benefits to being your own boss, and some drawbacks too. You get to control every aspect of your business, such as your income and your working hours, and you can decide the kind of care and support that you want to provide and to who. However, you are responsible for your own admin, such as having the right policies in place and paying your taxes.
The process is not as taxing as it sounds to become self-employed, and we’re here to help you get started if this is the path that you want to take. As long as you ensure that you have registered with HMRC and you know what contracts, insurance and other essentials you need, then you are pretty much ready to start finding clients.
Marketing is an area that many paid carers worry about. After all, if you don’t have any clients, then you’re not making any money. Marketing can be small and local - such as an advert in a shop window or paper – or it can be more targeted – such as dropping leaflets off at a local day centre, for example.