Key benefits of becoming a self-employed carer
Working in care can be a wonderful and fulfilling job. Your time and effort can make a real difference to the lives of the people who need it most. As a career choice, your work will be varied and challenging – you can almost guarantee that no two shifts will be the same. However, you must be strong, resilient, compassionate and have many other qualities to ensure that you can provide the level of care and attention required. If you’ve worked in care as an employee in the past, or perhaps you still do, you may have been tempted to explore the opportunities offered by self-employment. Let’s explore some of the key benefits that you may attain from becoming a self-employed carer.
Control over your schedule
One of the frustrations of working for an agency or care group can be the lack of control or flexibility when it comes to your working patterns. As an employee, you may not have a generous amount of annual leave or freedom to organise your work schedule. As a self-employed carer, you can take control of your own time and not be restricted by employer policies. If you want or need time off, you will be able to organise this without needing permission. Furthermore, you can organise your working patterns to suit your lifestyle and work around your other commitments, such as family.
Set your own rates
Another potential benefit of becoming self-employed is the opportunity to earn more for your time. You will be able to set your own care rates and probably earn more than you would as an employee of a care business or organisation. This may mean you can work less hours whilst still maintaining your income, or allow you to earn more money for yourself. You will have to manage your own spending for costs such as transport, care necessities such as first aid kits and additional expenses, but the effort could be worth it for the additional income.
Choose your clientele
Employee life may have become monotonous or unvaried, especially if you’ve worked in the same care home or with the same clients for many years. With self-employment comes the opportunity to select your clientele based on your preferences or interests. You may want to care for people suffering from dementia, autism or just elderly clients – the choice is yours and you can vary your work accordingly. You might also specialise in a particular area, allowing you to work with certain clients who you feel you can help or support the most.
Create your personal brand and methods
Finally, becoming a self-employed carer will enable you to create a personal brand and offer your own care approaches. You can emphasise your skills and qualities as an individual and make a real impact on people’s lives in your own unique way.