Is Being a Self Employed Carer the Right Choice For You?
If you work in the care sector already or would like to, and you are considering whether being self-employed is the right choice for you. There are several things you need to think about first. A self-employed carer working for themselves has complete control over their workload and finances making it a very flexible option over being employed so it is not surprising that many paid carers are choosing to go down this path. There are various pros of being a self-employed carer as well as concerns.
Advantages of being a Self Employed Carer
- You will be paid more for the hours of work that you do as the costs of running a large agency does not need to be taken into account. You can be paid from £11-£15 per hour compared to agency rates of £7.50-£9 per hour. Over the course of a year that can make a big difference.
- You will have the freedom to choose exactly how many hours you work. You can arrange the work to fit in with your life, rather than arranging your life to fit around work.
- You can choose what you do and what you don't want to. Some carers are happy to provide personal care while others would rather provide support and domestic help.
- You can keep your clients if you are both happy with the relationship. Equally, if you are not happy with a potential client you don't have to accept the job.
- Being rewarded more fairly for the work you do will increase your job satisfaction and overall well-being.
Concerns about being, a Self Employed Carer
- You have to find your own clients and if you haven't got clients you won't work. Most self-employed carers have this concern but there is another solution with introductory care platforms as a way of sourcing new work like TrustonTap www.trustontap.com.
- How much will I be paid? Carers set their own rates which are usually from £11-£15 per hour depending on your experience and qualifications.
- You will need to register as self-employed and let HMRC know. This is a straightforward process, but make sure this is done before you start working.
- What do you do if you are going on holiday or sick? Finding someone at short notice is often difficult and can leave a client without care. As long as you plan ahead with your holidays, cover can be found especially if you are with an introductory care platform. Obviously, no one can plan to be sick but working with a care platform can help you if you are unwell and trying to find cover your clients.
- You will need to be organised about the hours that you worked.
- You may feel alone and feel if you need advice there is no one to help. Traditionally that has been the case but with working with a care platform such as TrustonTap doesn't need to make you feel isolated. If there is a problem there is someone experienced to help.
- There maybe a time when the client you are working with needs to move into residential care or they sadly pass away. If this happens then you maybe short of work but by working with a care platform, where you have an established track record, they will be keen to get you more work asap.