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Alternative Medicine Guide

Alternative Medicine - also referred to as complementary / holistic / integrated wellness covers a wide spectrum of health practices, including acupuncture, massage therapy, reflexology and many other healing methods. A high percentage of alternative health practitioners are self employed, often working with other specialists in a shared clinic. As awareness and understanding of the benefits of alternative medicine continues to spread, opportunities for new business growth makes this an attractive industry to enter. (Please note that Chiropractic is covered in a separate guide.)

Chiropractic Guide

Chiropractic services - like many other alternative health treatments - are in growing demand. Many chiropractors are self-employed, running a clinic of their own, rather than working for large health care providers. Opportunities often exist for chiropractors to work in shared offices with other alternative health care practitioners, such as acupuncturists and massage therapists.

Day Care Guide

Day care facilities provide daytime supervision, recreation, learning and early socialization for children.  Day care businesses differ in the services they provide including full day care, after-school care, or drop-in day care. Services also vary dependent on the age group the center is catered to. There are different regulatory requirements dependent upon the age group and number of children under care.

Doula Guide

Doulas offer emotional, physical and psychological support to women during and after a pregnancy. They also provide support during childbirth. Most doulas are self-employed, usually available for hire by the hour, or for a set fee. Doulas require a high level of patience, understanding and compassion towards their clients, and often build a successful business through positive referrals and word of mouth. 

Elder Care Guide

Elder care involves providing services for seniors, most often people aged 65 and older. Elder care services include adult day care, in-home care, assisted living, nursing care, and long-term care. Many elder care facilities are home-based businesses that operate out of private homes. Persons who start an elder care business often have previous experience in social work, health care, or geriatric care.

Natural Health - Nutritional Consulting Guide

Natural Health / Nutritional Consultants educate and inform clients about living healthier lives. They may formulate nutritional programs for general health and wellness, sports nutrition, weight maintenance, or autoimmune disorders. They may also suggest therapies such as vitamins and minerals, herbal products, and natural health supplements.

Nursing - Home Health Care Guide

A Nursing or Home Health Care business is an establishment that provides high-quality medical care to patients who may be confined to their home, or who live in regions not fully serviced by hospitals and medical clinics. Increasingly, Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses are finding opportunities to go into business for themselves, often opening their own clinics. Home Health Care, meanwhile, is a promising industry that is likely to expand as our population continues to age.

Pharmacy Guide

Pharmacies and drug stores are an essential component of the Canadian health care industry, and will only continue to grow as the Baby Boom generation ages. Within the industry, many established retail chains already exist, but smaller local pharmacies remain a popular choice for many consumers.