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You Can Use Your Caregiving Experience for a Higher Purpose

After you’ve been caregiving for a while, life can feel different.

The problems and worries of your life before can seem, well, insignificant.

Whether it’s from an awakening about the brevity of it all that shakes you so hard you want to spend every waking moment fueling your passions, or you’ve realized there’s more to life than what we’ve been led to believe matters… it can be easy to call into question what we have been told is required to have a happy, successful life.

You can feel a stirring. Like a small flame that grows stronger with each day.

That stirring is telling you you’re destined for something more

More time. For yourself. For your family and friends. For what is important to you.

More freedom. To move as you wish. To rise and lay your head when you choose. To work, to play, to rest, to just be.

More impact. On your finances. On your self esteem. On the world.

You just want more.

Why not create the opportunity for more yourself?

Photo: Rachel (left) and Gael (right), at the National Caregiving Conference. Gael coaches caregivers, but not the way you think. She helps them infuse yoga practices into their caregiving life to reduce stress and grapple with the emotions that come along with caregiving.

If you’re a seasoned family caregiver, or perhaps caregiving has ended, you have developed an amazing skill set and unique insight into the challenges and emotional struggles of family caregivers.

Why let that experience go to waste?

You can turn the battles and victories from your caregiving journey into a venture that can support your financial independence and self sufficiency. At the same time, you will be sharing your time and talents with people who need them. 

There’s plenty of money out there for all of us. The market for caregiving is only going to keep growing.

With a $308 billion cumulative market opportunity between 2017 and 2021, up from AARP’s January 2016 projections of $279 billion for 2016-2020, caregiving continues to represent a vast, multifaceted frontier of opportunity. Whether integrating current solutions and making them better or addressing gaps in underserved areas, great needs persist for helping caregivers tame daily tasks, navigate the health system, and deliver a high quality of life for their loved ones while caring for themselves.

CAREGIVING INNOVATION FRONTIERS 2017, AARP, p11

The first step to converting your caregiving experience into a career is becoming a Certified Caregiving Consultant™.

This one of a kind training helps you build the skills required to understand the needs of family caregivers so you can offer them a marketable service or support. 

What if I don’t want to be a consultant?

First off, let me say that consultant is very broad term. The dictionary defines it as a person who provides expert advice professionally.

You might be thinking, I can’t give advice to other family caregivers. My own journey was a train wreck. 

Well, you’re right about that. Any family caregiver can tell you how they feel about “advice.”

Photo: Saskia (left), a fellow CCC and owner of CreatingBeingWell, and Rachel (right)
Saskia (left), owner of CreatingBeingWell and a CCC, with Rachel (right) at the 2018 National CareGiving Conference. Saskia coaches family caregivers but also markets to local business owners. She’s building a huge empire in her neck of the woods.

The best consultants help lead you to your own solutions through listening, asking good questions, and validating your experience. 

That’s what you learn through the CCC program.

You don’t have to ever interact with family caregivers to use these skills.

In the simplest terms, a consultant is someone who offers their expertise as a service to others. 

A consultant could:

  • Contract with a print or online publication to write articles focused on caregiving 
  • Launch a blog, video channel, community or website focused on caregiving (and monetize it)
  • Start a service or launch a product for family caregivers 
  • Provide feedback on product development (like a new app or good in the marketplace)
  • Offer evaluations and help for business or organization who want to make their policies and practices more family caregiver 
  • Give family caregivers hope and support through coaching

These are just a few examples. Notice I mentioned interfacing with family caregivers last. That’s because you can do a lot for those who are caring for a loved one without ever making contact.

If you’re not sure just exactly how you could use your caregiving experience, Denise at CareGiving.com helps you figure out what your simple solution could be. When you complete the training, you get access to leading experts (called “Skills Consultants”) in the caregiving industry who have also completed the training and can support you to sharpen your CCC skills, build your outreach plan, and get the most out of our network.

If you think a new path is right for you, the time is now.

Find out more about becoming a Certified Caregiving Consultant and sign up.

I’d love to talk to you about my own experience becoming a CCC. Feel free to reach out to me so we can chat more.

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