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Starting a Non-Medical Home-Care Business

Q. I want to start a business in non-medical Home Care. It's a franchise that is based in Cincinnati, (Home Helper). Can you help me? Where do I begin? I've an appointment with my local Chamber of Commerce, end of this month. I'm not sure if there's an agency except VNA which is Medical. -- Felicia

Advice by Tammy Harrison

A. Dear Felicia:

I'm not sure what you are asking but I will attempt to answer based on what you said. If you are interested in purchasing a franchise you speak of, there are some important items you must consider. You can find a articles about such at Power Home Biz Guides  http://www.powerhomebiz.com/Index/feature.htm 

The other thing you could do is to start your own "one woman show" business, offering the care that you speak of. Start with one or two clients a day and build up until you have enough work to hire additional help.

There are a number of legal aspects for you to consider. Do you have to have a special license? Is your office going to be in your home? Is your home on property that allows for home-based businesses? What type of business do you need to set up (incorporate, LLC, sole proprietorship, etc.). These types of items need to be discussed with a local attorney who specializes in business. You could also go to your court house and ask questions about what and how to file to begin a business--I have found a great source of information with my local clerks.

After those things are taken into consideration, you can start finding people to help! Best of luck to you!

About the PowerHomeBiz.com Guide: 

Tammy Harrison is a successful home-based working mom for over five years. She holds a degree from Mizzou in Consumer Economics. Her business focuses on Marketing and Creativity for Small Businesses as well as numerous other small businesses.


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