5 Reasons why being a self-employed carer is great for flexible working

If you are unable to commit to a 9-5 job or you simply don’t like the idea of repetitive set hours, then working as a self-employed carer can be a great solution for you. Here are the top 5 reasons you benefit from flexible working as a self-employed carer:


1. Choose your hours

Thousands of people rely on care workers’ help every day which means that carers are needed 24/7. Working as a self-employed carer gives you the flexibility to negotiate your working hours, whether you are looking for day or night shifts, but also how long you work for. This is a great solution if you are a parent or a student looking to earn alongside your other commitments by doing something worthwhile. You can plan your week to suit your lifestyle and can work the hours you need.
2. Choose the location
Reduce the commute cost and time spent on the roads and public transport by choosing the location to suit you. Find care work in your chosen area and say bye to long, stressful journeys to work. You can also pay transport and other costs out of pre-tax income.

3. Choose your client and environment
Becoming a carer will enable you to pursue your passion in helping others and making a real difference in people’s lives. Care work allows you to meet new people in your area and take an active role in the community. You may have a special skills or interest in helping those with dementia or brain injury or simply enable older people to live more active lives. Being flexible also allows you to fulfil the client’s needs and expectations.
4. Fit your job to suit your lifestyle: not your lifestyle to fit your job
Having a flexible schedule can allow you to work and earn at times that are convenient for you while you still manage attending your lectures, child’s school, or your favourite yoga classes. Night owls may prefer picking up those late night shifts and having a good nap afterwards.

5. Reduce tiredness and sickness
Care workers who plan and manage their own work and personal life according to their preferences are happier and fulfilled which in turn supports healthier routine. Flexible working enables you to consider other important aspects of your life such as fitness and downtime.
Helpd connects carers with clients seeking care in Reading, Berkshire and beyond. Go to www. www.helpd.co.uk/register/ to apply to be a carer.