There’s been a recent rise in number of elderly group home businesses springing up everywhere around world, what with an estimated one in four families providing care for an elderly relative today. Before you decide to jump on group home business bandwagon, though, you need to know as much as possible. This brief guide will help.
Some questions you should ask yourself before starting a group home business, or any other home business for that matter, are:
- What are your talents and skills?
- Are you looking for a home based career or just to supplement your income?
- Do you have space in your home for an office?
- Is your family willing to support you in having a business based in their home?
- Are you willing to put in necessary work it takes to get a business off ground and to sustain it once you have?
- Do you want to help people?
The last question is particularly important when it comes to starting and operating an elderly group home business. Because if you’re just doing it for money, you’re likely to be overwhelmed by personal interaction required for this business. Some people are happier working all day long at a computer, not having to deal with other people face to face. Or they prefer detailing people’s cars or doing their lawn care to providing personal service that demands constantly interacting with people.
Everybody’s different, and that’s a good thing. Just understand that even if you set up an elderly group home business across town from your own home, you’re going to have to deal with people on a daily basis.
If you decide that an elderly group home business is just type of business you’re looking for, you’ll have to find out what laws and regulations are, as well as what licenses are necessary in your state.
There are certain to be some, and you need to know what they are in case you have to obtain any special certifications. CPR and first aid certifications are two that most states are likely going to require you to personally have.
Another thing that you’ll have to look into before you buy or rent that house that you think would be just perfect for a group home business, are area’s zoning regulations.
This can be a sticky situation in many places, and even if there are no zoning laws or regulations against your opening a group home business where you’d like to, you could well find yourself up against a lot of resistance. It’s mandatory that you know this upfront.