(Update: We got acquired!! And, that means we stay together as a community. Thanks so much for everyone for all your help and support to make this happen.)
I actually ran out of money about three years ago and have been hanging on by my fingernails since then. On March 3, I went into negative territory (I’m overdrawn in both my business and personal checking accounts) with more bills due now and on April 1.
Because of my inability to make money, I have to go out of business which means I have to shut down CareGiving.com and AfterGiving.com.
The money struggle has followed me since I started my business 20 years ago this month. I launched my first product to help family caregivers (Caregiving!, a monthly newsletter) in January 1995. I built a basic website in 1996 and debuted CareGiving.com in the fall of that year. Soon after, I added online support groups so family caregivers could connect and share with others in a similar situation at any time of the day and night. I continued to add refine and add products and services which I hoped would help.
I’ve flirted with going out of my business more times than I can count. I’ve worked other full-time and part-time jobs to keep going. For 12 of the past 20 years, I’ve lived with my parents so I could keep my business going. I had to move back home in 2012. I long for my own address.
I am working to dig myself out of this hole and will continue to look for full-time work. I do have a part-time babysitting job for which I am very grateful.
Through last nigh, I continued to think of events, new products and new services I could add or tweak which would bring in money. I did my best to keep the faith, to stay positive and to believe I could do it. It simply was not meant to be. This morning, I decided I needed to honestly address my situation and simply shut down.
So, the last day the websites will be up is March 31. Please feel free to use the websites as much as you would like before then. Our final event will be our Virtual Caregiving Conference, which will happen March 30. I will continue to share stories in our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign through next Monday. And, if you like the idea of wearing green because you care on April 11, please go for it and share your photos on your social networks.
Over the years, @Trish @G-J @Kreisler @Kathy @jo @rainbow @Jbones1961 and @ejourneys have sent me money to keep me going. Thank you so much for your help. I am so gratitude for your kindness and generosity. I also want to wish @ejourneys good health in abundance.
Thanks so much for NorthShore Care Supply, which has been a generous supporter of CareGiving.com over the years.
If you are a member of CareGiving.com, you also received a separate email from me.
I did love doing this. I appreciate everyone who stopped by the website over the years. Thank you all so much.
Finally, you have so many options and choices today to receive support as you care. Please feel free to share other websites and resources you recommend in the comments section, below.
- Tell Us: In Social Settings, Do You Say, “I Care for…” (caregiving.com)
- Debut of Storytelling Thursdays (caregiving.com)
- How Do You Manage the Stares? (caregiving.com)
- Friday’s Video Chat: Family Caregivers Talk Career and Caregiving (thepurplejacket.com)
- Save the Date: Virtual Caregiving Conference on March 30 (caregiving.com)
- Video Chat: Caregiving Then and Now (caregiving.com)