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Old 06-25-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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Hi,
I have been longing to start a home health care business for years now. I worked as a Home Health Aide to put myself through college and has a degree in Psychology and minor in Health Administration. Currently I work in social services for a major city. My family and I relocated to another state which is still close to my job ( 1.30 hr commute on the train). The problem is that I am not overly satisfied which my current job plus now with the long commute, I know it it time for me to start something in my new state. I really want to start a Home health care business because it seems very lucrative but I don't know where to begin. I have researched some franchises but their fees are too high.

My question is has anyone on this board started this kind of business without having to buy a franchise? If so please share your experience and what I 'll need to do. Also if you bought a franchise, what were your experiences? How do I know which franchise is from a reputable company. I appreciate all responses and suggestions. Thanks.
My question to you is have you contacted a franchise company and when are you hoping to open your business? Not that I'm trying to sell you a franchise, but the advantages outweigh the franchise fee. Here are some issues that you will need to address to start your own business:
· Name, logo, branding
· Collateral material-business cards, brochures, etc.
· Insurance
· Forms for clients, caregivers, etc (FYI the $89 forms online are not specific to state regulations)
· State licensure
· Website and internet marketing
· Policy and procedure manuals
· Recruiting policies
· Training and education program
Are you exhausted, yet? This is just a small list of items. There is so much more involved in starting your own business. Realistically speaking, if you were to do all the above on your own, your cost would be greater than a franchise fee plus the time and effort would be more than a year. With a franchise you receive a 'business in a box' where everything has been done for you and your business starts immediately. The model is tried, tested, and perfected. Plus, you receive training. If you were on your own, there would be neither training nor support. If on your own, who would you call to ask operational or legal questions?

Some would say, "well, I don't need a website." If your competition has a website, then you need a website. "I don't need brochures." Yes, you do because your competitors have spent lots of $'s on copywriters, designers, and printers. "I really do not need to have a policy and procedures manual." Try to explain that to the state auditors.

My advice to you would be to contact reputable home care franchises and ask questions. You may be surprised.

 
Old 06-26-2010, 05:50 PM
 
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id check into your state's health and human services-ask alot of questions-also most states have "s.c.o.r.e" consultants, that are absolutely free, look it up on the internet- these are retired professionals in every field helping folks start up thier own businesses- this is free!!
 
Old 06-28-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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Is anyone above opperating on Arizona?
 
Old 07-09-2010, 03:31 PM
 
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Default Problem with franchise....

Alot of franchises already have territories filled. And then, you need to work within a territory. Look on the net at your area the number of agencies and how many are franchises. There are a lot that are successful on their own.


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Originally Posted by Stay at Home franchise View Post
My question to you is have you contacted a franchise company and when are you hoping to open your business? Not that I'm trying to sell you a franchise, but the advantages outweigh the franchise fee. Here are some issues that you will need to address to start your own business:
· Name, logo, branding
· Collateral material-business cards, brochures, etc.
· Insurance
· Forms for clients, caregivers, etc (FYI the $89 forms online are not specific to state regulations)
· State licensure
· Website and internet marketing
· Policy and procedure manuals
· Recruiting policies
· Training and education program
Are you exhausted, yet? This is just a small list of items. There is so much more involved in starting your own business. Realistically speaking, if you were to do all the above on your own, your cost would be greater than a franchise fee plus the time and effort would be more than a year. With a franchise you receive a 'business in a box' where everything has been done for you and your business starts immediately. The model is tried, tested, and perfected. Plus, you receive training. If you were on your own, there would be neither training nor support. If on your own, who would you call to ask operational or legal questions?

Some would say, "well, I don't need a website." If your competition has a website, then you need a website. "I don't need brochures." Yes, you do because your competitors have spent lots of $'s on copywriters, designers, and printers. "I really do not need to have a policy and procedures manual." Try to explain that to the state auditors.

My advice to you would be to contact reputable home care franchises and ask questions. You may be surprised.
 
Old 08-19-2010, 09:41 PM
 
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I was thinking about opening a non medical homecare agency as well, but I think I'll be better with having a business partner as well
 
Old 09-03-2010, 06:49 PM
 
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How do I go about getting clients for my newly licensed non medical home health care business?
 
Old 09-14-2010, 05:32 AM
 
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Default home health care info

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We are starting with out buying a franchise. The only thing I am stumbling over is the insurance and billing? Can anyone help me with that?
Where did you find market research information in the area where you started your business?

Where can I find copies of business plans that others have used? Thank you.
 
Old 09-16-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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Is anyone in this group looking to opperate a non-medical home health business in Arizona? I have a strong sales history, reaching goals of over $7M last year and am considering moving to this field.
 
Old 10-17-2010, 08:13 AM
 
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Default Please help me with advice to get going

Hi. Please help! I am a newbie to the business. If I may ask, where can I get reasonable insurance for my home care business as I do not have a lot of money?
Also, how do I get a lot of clients quickly.

Thank You in Advance
Jettie Johnson

Last edited by vter; 10-17-2010 at 02:44 PM..
 
Old 12-16-2010, 02:36 PM
 
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I am starting a non-medical homecare in Nor. California. Where can I get info on business insurance providers? I have received high quotes so far. Want to get a list of insurers folks have used.
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