Category: Incubator

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Beyond COVID-19: Will you define the new normal or watch it unfold? – Fiverr

We are huge fans of Fiverr. Over the years Gary has used them extensively to support his for-profit and not-for-profit work. The Fiverr platform provided seed funding for the platform. This resource is a beautiful and it is well worth a read. During the last few years, work has changed more significantly than it has during the last 150 years. Not all of the changes been bad and they offer some exciting opportunities for Australians with disability.

We appreciate the generous support that Fiverr has provided us and their shared belief in the potential of disability entrepreneurship.

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Do you know an Australian with disability with an idea?

Do you know an Australian who lives with a disability who has a money-generating idea or hopes to supplement their income?  Fantastic!  The platform will be thrilled to hear from them and to support them.  Regardless of whether they want to monetise a hobby/craft, establish a gig-based mico-business or a small business.

We can support them wherever they are on their journey, including if their idea isn’t fully developed yet.  We provide mentoring, peer support, a resource library, a blog, webinars, education (in collaboration with Griffith University) and a marketplace (linked to Fiverr.com).  The service can be billed to the NDIS or paid by other flexible means.

Encourage them to complete the short form below.  They can contact us by emailing [email protected] or phoning 0436 480 769 if they have any questions.  We would be delighted to speak with them.

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Designed a temporary marketing campaign

Currently, two marketing academics from the Griffith Business School are designing a marketing campaign for the platform.  This will be to use the sponsorship from Google.  We will use that Campaign to promote disability entrepreneurship in Australia and how the platform can support Australia’s with disability.

Even though the two academics are doing this on the voluntary basis, we will need to engage a Research Assistant to support them.  While we wait to have the money to do that, we are designing a small comparing ourselves.  We are excited to start promoting the platform and the services we provide.

Do you know when Australian with disability who wants to explore generating a bit more money?  Please encourage them to complete the short form below.  Or they can contact us on [email protected] or 0436 480 769 if they have any questions.

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MinterEllison is working on advice on the benefits question

The amazing team at the law firm, MinterEllison has been supporting the platform for some time with pro bono legal advice.  They have been incredibly generous and supportive.  We cannot speak highly enough of their valuable support.  Recently, they have started work to provide us  with expert advice on the benefit question we mentioned recently.

Australians with disabilities on a government pension, benefits or healthcare card might worry that income in one month might impact on their entitlements into the future.  What might be concerning is the inherent changeability in income from a monetised hobby/craft, for gig-based micro-businesses and small businesses.  It can be  hard to predict future income – especially early in an endeavour’s journey.  Our hope is to smooth out some of the peaks and troughs of income over time.

The prospect of benefitting from independent and expert legal advice from a firm with a standing like MinterEllison is incredibly reassuring.

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Changing how you think about generating income

For most of us, having to retire from ‘regular work’ means that we will need to change how we think about generating income.  This is also true for people with longterm disabilities who have not been able to engage and remain employed in the Australia workforce.

In the case of ‘regular work’, most of us strive to secure a job that will pay the bills, be rewarding and is respectful/safe. Reality is that many of us will not be able to secure enough income from one source to cover all of our needs.  Instead, we need to be prepared to compile a suite of income sources to get us what we need. Hopefully, all of them should address the respect, dignity and enjoyment criteria.

Our goal is to build and grow a resource library that will assist members to identify and pursue for themselves useful and realistic for their disabilities and capacity.  With the blog and mentoring, we hope to support members to maximise the money they earn from their endeavours.

‘Passion economy’ is the new buzzword that’s shaping the future of work – ThePrint (Utkarsh Amitabh | February 2022)

We have previously posted an item with the admonishment not to pursue your passion as a career.  That notwithstanding, we agree with this item, a really good step being taken by some people who lost their jobs to the pandemic is to set up an endeavour that aligns with your passion.  For Australians with disability, we strongly suggest that your money-generating endeavour is something that you enjoy doing and something that you’re curious about. Enabled.vip is here to support you to pursue that passion.  

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Disability entrepreneurship and benefits

We are extremely fortunate to be receiving pro bono legal advice from MinterEllison, an amazing and generous legal firm.  Based on our experience with the pilot test, we are currently seeking their advice on the ways in which we can legally help members avoid the worry of how their money-generating endeavour will impact their pension or other benefits.

The reality is the income from a monetised hobby, a gig-based micro-business or a small business can be inconsistent and unpredictable.  The fact that someone earns a certain amount in one month does not mean that they will earn the same amount in subsequent months.  We don’t want this to be a disincentive from establishing and operating a new endeavour.

We will keep this community informed of how this discussion goes and if we have a solution for members who are concerned about their benefits.

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A terrific and very affirming chat with Laura

Recently Gary met with a new supporter, follower and new Bronze member of the platform, Laura.  She lives with a disability and has a very impressive son who lives with a disability and is a very active disability entrepreneur.

They had an excellent conversation about disability entrepreneurship, the platform and dignity.  It was a very affirming conversation, which was that we are on the right track and the platform’s services will be filling a genuine need.  We hope to be able to publish blog posts by Laura and her son.

Do you know someone who wants to monetise a hobby/craft, hopes to establish a gig-based micro business, or that hopes to establish a small business?  Please encourage them to email us at [email protected] or to phone us on 0436 480 769.  Alternatively, they could fill out the form below.

Australians with a disability, their carers and people with an established connection to Australian disability can join the platform for free as Bronze members.  These free members can access most of the platform’s resource material and attend our webinars.