Nine ideas for funding yourself through Certification Training
We recognise that for many people contemplating becoming a Grief Recovery Specialist the fee is a significant investment. While we do try to keep costs to a minimum and believe we offer exceptional value in return for that investment that doesn't help if you don't have the money right now! We hate money being the reason why more grieving people aren't getting helped so we've got some suggestions that may help see you in one of our graduation photos.
1. Get help from your boss
If you're employed then a good place to start might be your employer. If the training will help you in your work, or improve your ability to carry out your job they might be prepared to fund or part fund your training. If they aren't prepared to foot the bill they might be prepared to pay now and let you pay them back over a period of time with deductions from your salary.
2. Get a sponsor
If you're not employed or your boss won't help then there might be someone in the community who will. Perhaps a head teacher of a school would fund you in return for running the Helping Children Deal with Loss programme for staff and or parents. Possibly a local funeral home would like to have someone to refer their families to. A church community that would like have the programme available for their members or even a combination of these ideas. Who do you know? How could they benefit?
3. Crowd Funding for a cause
If you have a mission to help others in your community then asking that community for help first could get you there sooner. Essentially all you have to do is set up a web page using one of the crowd funding sites and wait for donations. But of course it's a little trickier than that. Sites like www.gofundme.com or www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding
have advice and guides on how to run a successful campaign. Do this well and you'll have a list of clients that will be ready for your help as soon as you qualify.
4. Crowd Funding for a business
If you'd like to grow a private practice as a Grief Recovery Specialist then you could look at crowd funding from investors rather than donators. This isn't an easy option - it takes a lot of work to put together a really good campaign and for something like Grief Recovery it might be easier to start with being able to offer Grief Recovery Groups using option 1 and growing your private practice as your reputation grows. There is a really good article on how to go about crowd funding for a business here.
5. Local grants
There are thousands of grant awarding bodies all over the country who you could potentially approach to fund your training and or who might fund potential clients through your programme. A really good place to start is in your local community - there are some useful links here.
Alternatively google "local funding opportunities near me" and start researching.
6. Gift Vouchers
If you have a birthday coming up or Christmas then you could add Grief Recovery Gift Vouchers to your wish list. Its a very easy way for your family and friends to help you do something you really want. Available online here.
We'd never want to encourage debt, but if you have a short term cashflow problem then it is worth knowing that currently Paypal are offering interest free credit over 4 months on any purchase over £150. This means that if you get going straight away with paying clients you can use your professional fees as a Specialist to help make the payments. Please remember that you are entirely responsible for finding your clients so it would be unwise to rely on this and only take the credit out if you can afford to pay it back, even if you don't get paying work from doing Grief Recovery. More information on the Paypal offer here.
9. Sell stuff
Whether it's Ebay, facebook or another selling app, these days it's really easy to sell unwanted items and raise some funds. There are many benefits to decluttering but a key one for you just might be enough money to make the difference and get you here.