How to Start a Board and Care Business

The Board and Care business targets those that are in need of a home with residential care and assistance.

This is favored by the sick and disabled in the local community and would therefore make for a profitable business opportunity to that target audience.

The board and care business involves providing residential care homes which includes a room and general supervisions for the clients. Personal care assistance is also given and these homes usually have around 6 residents maximum.

To start the board and care business, first take into account the requirements needed by your local government. Visit your local government and consult with them with regards to your plans to open the business. Be able to evaluate all the legalities of the business and therefore assess them accordingly. Decide on the location of this home, if you want to convert a portion of your household to the business or if you would rather start from scratch with an independent establishment.

Once you have decided on your location you may now draft your business plan. Make a list of the services you plan on offering at your establishment. Note also your long term and short term goals as you will want to continually develop and improve on your business. From these devise your guidelines, rules and regulations and restrictions that should be followed at your board and care business. To keep things concise and to make sure that you did not leave any information out, it would be wise to consult with a lawyer to evaluate your documentation as well as the business model you are setting up.

After you have made a draft of the business model you may now list down your expense estimates. There you will draft all the necessary expenses you are required and you believe you will make that will benefit your business. You may also consult with an accountant in this regard in order to get a clear view of what you need to pay. From the total breakdown you will be able to determine whether or not you should consider a loan or if your initial investment saved on hand is enough to start your business. Also, with this draft you will be able to determine the ideal suppliers and have a vast selection of choices.

Set up your boarding home with the appropriate furnishings and amenities that will cater to your clients. Make sure to assess the basic needs accordingly and to draft out an easy layout for the boarding house. Initially you need not pay too much attention to detail as these are things you may want to consider once your business has established itself. Once must bear in mind though that this business is also a care business which requires a 24 hour staff to assess to the needs of the clients. Therefore be sure to hire qualified healthcare professionals to staff your business.


  • [patricia cadet said on September 22, 2010
    201 hazelwood terrace, rochester, ny, 14609 very interested in starting a companion care business. please send more info about this business, rules and guidelines
  • Minh Ngo said on December 11, 2010
    City:Torrance County:Los Angeles State:California. What type of License and Course do I need? How much do I need to open the facilities care. where can I get the client? Thank you
  • Angela said on June 3, 2012
    I Live in Los Angeles, CA. I worked as an L.V.N. for many years. My experience is as a visiting nurse. I treated patients in several board and care facilities and I was fascinated with the living situation and the way these beautiful places operated. I am very interested in opening a board and care of my own. Any insight or information about starting and operating a good comfy place for seniors would be greatly appreciated.
  • Patricia Mullikin said on September 17, 2012
    Torrance, California. County of Los Angeles I am interested in starting a board and care in Torrance. Could you please send me city and county rules and regulations that apply to Board and care facilities or where I can attain this information. I will appreciate any help and information you can forward to me, Thank you Patricia
  • Ani said on October 8, 2012
    Came across your info about board and care/personal care home, as I was doing my research. What info do you have for Florida? Thanks
  • Mayra said on November 4, 2012
    I am very interested in opening a board and care, but i need some help on how to get started. Can you please send me any info that might help me get the ball rolling. I live in the city of Los Angeles, CA
  • frank aquino said on December 18, 2012
    I live in hayward Ca, I'm very interested in opening a board and care for elderly, but I need some help on how to get started, Pls send me insight or info about how to start to operate.
  • michelle said on January 29, 2013
    Would appreciate any insight on starting up a board and care business. What are the different types of people you can have at the home? I met someone that put up a halfway house and one that put up one for dementia patients. Any information will help. thanks.
  • Kristine said on April 8, 2013
    Hello, I am planning to start a board and care here in san jose ca... Can you please give me information on how to start it. Thank you so much.
  • Id said on August 9, 2013
    I would like to know how to start a board and care in Sacramento ca, and i need information on how to get clients. Any information will be helpful. Thanks
  • Mimi said on September 10, 2013
    Try to open Torrance CA, is any one tell me where to start, licensing, permit, housing, food. anything will help. Thanks
  • Madlen said on December 2, 2013
    I live in North Hollywood Ca, I'm very interested in opening a board and care for elderly, but I need some help on how to get started, Pls send me insight or info about how to start to operate. Thank you very much.
  • Ludy said on February 22, 2014
    I am interested to start a board and care business in Midtown Manhattan. I would like to request info on where to start. I aim to have only 2-4 clients. Thank you for your attention
  • suzanna said on April 17, 2014
    I live in Orange County CA I am an LVN I use to visit patients in the board and care and now I want to have one on my own. but I don't know how to start and what I need and how to operate . Please can you send me the insight of info how to start thank you so much
  • VERNON L JOHNSON said on September 29, 2014
  • Geri said on January 9, 2015
    i Live In Las Vegas, Nevada i'm very much interested in starting my own Board And Care Business i'm looking for some help in how to get started and how to get the ball rolling. Aloha!!
  • Alina said on March 12, 2015
    Hi my name is Alina and I want to open board and care but i dont know how to start please I want some information how to open one thank you.
  • Star Brown said on May 21, 2015
    I am a RN in Los Angeles and my mother was a board and care operator for over 20 years before she died. I would like information to continue her work. I need information for classes and setting up framework in the Los Angeles area.
  • Sandy said on May 15, 2016
    I am Interested in starting a boarding care Business in San Francisco. Please send me information on how to start a board and care, regulatory and class information.
  • Nancy mejia said on May 15, 2016
    How can i start renting rooms.
  • Tania dolman said on September 14, 2016
    I am interested in stating open a boarding care in reseda california, I need some information, how to start please
  • Rodney Byrd said on December 3, 2017
    I would start my own boarding business, how to get customer and do I get started.
  • ovsanna said on September 23, 2019
    I want to open board and care. How do I get information for class?
  • lance chapman said on October 26, 2019
    I am looking to start a board and care and would like to know what are the California requirements are and do they vary by county? What schooling I would need and can it be done while in business or is it a prerequisite?
  • Jpsephine Beltran said on November 25, 2019
    I would like to start a board and care but I don't know where to start, I need some guidance on how to do it. Thank you. Maybe a checklist to follow.
  • Brenda said on January 14, 2020
    I would like Info on how to start and approximately how much do I need. Please if I can get some help. Much appreciated. Thanks
  • Alfonso Corrales said on September 13, 2022
    Can I attend any seminars near California for more information/training?


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