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Course Description

Personal support workers (PSWs) work in many environments, and owning and operating a home care business (whether sole proprietor, partnership or brokerage) may be a desirable career path for some.

If you are contemplating running your own business, this course gives you all of the tools to make a decision about the type of business that will be most suitable for you. Upon completion, you will have your marketing material as well as a comprehensive business plan to get you started.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits and challenges of being a small business owner and assess personal and professional readiness to start and operate a small business
  • Demonstrate professionalism and employ ethical practices necessary to build a successful PSW business
  • Identify legal and regulatory requirements and bodies that apply to operating a PSW business
  • Build a basic business plan to assist with acquiring funding for a PSW business
  • Critically evaluate knowledge and skills gaps related to operating a small business and create a plan for professional development

Course Topics

  • Benefits and Challenges of Being a Small Business Owner
  • Relevant Legislation and Best Practices for Establishing a Business
  • Legal Regulatory Requirements
  • Building a Basic Business Plan
  • Critical Self Evaluation: Conscious Competence and SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for those working within the personal support worker field and for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no pre-requisites for this course.
  • You can expect to spend 8 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, and assignments.


Assessment Item Weight
Discussion  20%
Executive Summary 12.5%
Marketing Brochure 15%
Financial Plan 12.5%
SWOT Analysis & Business Plan 40%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partners

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


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