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5 reasons to become a self-employed paid carer in 2017

Posted on 22/12/2016

The new year is a great time to think about making changes to your working life. If you currently work as a paid carer for an employer, 2017 could be the year that you make the jump into self-employment, starting your own business. Maybe you do a completely different job and want to change to a more fulfilling role in care and support, or maybe you already care for someone on a casual basis and want to take it on as a more permanent role. Whatever your situation, we have 5 reasons why it’s great to be a self-employed paid carer.

1. Work around your life

The biggest advantage of being self-employed is being able to work around your other commitments. You can determine what hours you are available to work and stick to them, meaning that you can be there for your family, for example, or reduce the amount of childcare that you need to use. You can take holiday when you want to and the flexibility is always there to take on more or less hours to adapt to changes in your life.

2. Manage your money

You can charge what you like for your services, which means you can find a balance between earning a good wage and offering your clients good value. There is no middleman; the fee you charge your customer comes directly to you, with no agency taking a cut.

3. Pick your clients

You can choose the people who you want to work with. If you have a particular preference or specialism, you have the ability to work closely with those clients and deliver the best service to them. You can build a relationship with them, knowing you will see them regularly, making it enjoyable to go to work each day.

4. Spend time with clients

Agency carers are pressed for time, rushing from appointment to appointment. As a self-employed paid carer, you can set your own calendar to ensure that you give your clients the time they need. And you don’t lose out either, as your hourly rate can be set by you to allow for travelling time between clients. This all helps you to give better service.

5. Develop your business

You may start out as a sole trader, working with a few select clients, but with word of mouth and good service, you might find yourself developing into a larger care business and taking on your own staff – if that is what you want. The point is that it’s your business, and you can take it in whatever direction you wish. 

Have we convinced you to make the leap? If so, then you will find everything you need to know to get started on our website. Our Paid Carers section is packed with information, and the Document Store as all the policies, contracts and guidance to get you up and running.

Read more: How to become a self-employed paid carer

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