When starting a new care company, there are a lot of things to consider; do you need to register with regulatory bodies, how are you going to get staff, how are you going to get clients, how are you going to manage everything. There is a lot to do, but you should be proud of taking that first step of setting up and providing care; doing so will have a real impact on people’s lives, both the clients receiving the care and their families.
What first steps should be taken to set up your business in home care?
The first steps should be, if you don’t have the experience already, is to find out as much as you can about the care industry. Reach out to the regulatory bodies (e.g. CQC in the UK), specialist organisations who will assist you in getting started (such as the UKHCA), and consider working with someone that has hands-on experience of dealing with care, either a care worker or a care manager, but someone that knows the industry.
Of course, if you do have the experience, then you should have a better idea of where to start.
How can I help my new business succeed in home care?
In the last five years, there have been over 1800 companies started in the UK. Out of these, over half of them are now out of business. The main reason for this is because they do not have enough time to manage their company properly. So starting on the right foot, with the right management strategy, is the best way to ensure success.
This is where Nursebuddy’s Launchpad program comes in. We know that getting up and running takes a lot of time. We also know that when registering your business, inspectors and governing bodies check if you are planning for the future, and how you are going to manage to grow your business. With Launchpad, we offer you our entire toolset, with training, for free, so that you know what to do when you are up and running.
What if I want to start with just paper records while I am small?
Anyone with experience in the care industry will say, the best time to learn about care software is at the very beginning. CQC will say this. UKHCA will say this. Once you grow, it becomes more cumbersome to move data across into a digital format (though of course, we have services to help you with that at no extra cost!). And although it may seem easy at the start, once you grow, keeping track of paper copies of care plans, risk assessments, medication, and visit notes can take a lot of filing space!
How can I start using care software for free, to understand how it works, before I start trading?
Apply for Launchpad program with Nursebuddy, and you’ll get all of our functionality, training and chat support, for free up until the first 100 care hours. We strive to help you succeed and grow.