News Tag: Gigster

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Forced to ill-health retire but still want to work?

Did you have to retire from work early because of your disability?  Do you have marketable skills even though ‘regular’ work is impractical or even though you’ve got the experience you find it hard to secure ‘regular’ work?  If so, gig work might be a good alternative.

A gig-based micro business can be a great way to be doing some work, making some money and building up your resume.

Mentoring, peer support, education and a marketplace for gigsters are one area of service that the platform provides.

Contact us on [email protected] or phone 0436 480 769 to discuss.

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Launching the platform in early 2022

Even though we are continuing to apply for funding that will be essential for our viability and effective operation, we will be launching the platform as a national service early in 2022.  Which we are incredibly excited by the prospect.

Do you know a would-be entrepreneur who might benefit from participation in the platform?  Are you a business person who is willing to donate a couple of hours a month to be a mentor?  Great! Contact us at [email protected] to discuss.

We provide a range of supports to assist Australians who live with a disability to pursue their entrepreneurial potential. By monetising a hobby or craft, doing gig work or establishing a small business.

Disability doesn’t have to determine entrepreneurial potential, but isolation and lack of support can – if we let them.

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Updating our sheets based on excellent feedback

One of our interns (@Kianna Lowe) has been providing us with excellent feedback and suggestions for our current sheets (Discussion Sheets, relevant to most members and Resource Sheets most relevant to our Gigster members).  We are currently working through Kianna’s feedback and are in the process of uploading the revised sheets.

She has also done the research work and first drafting for new Discussion Sheets.

The two types of sheets are components of the extra services that we provide to paid members of the platform.


A great meeting with the philanthropic group TDI

On Thursday morning, Gary met with TDi – The Difference Incubator.  It was a great discussion about the platform, supporting disability entrepreneurship, community connections and marketing.

It was an excellent discussion, that covered some extremely useful ideas.  We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity and the valuable discussion.  It was also a welcome affirmation of the concept of a community of practice to support disability entrepreneurship.

Many thanks, @TDI and thank you, Erin!  We hope to continue this exciting collaboration.

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Interview recorded

On Thursday, Gary was interviewed was recorded.  This was a lightning (3 minute) talk about disability employment, why disability entrepreneurship is often a rational and important option and what’s happening with the rollout of the platform.

This will be played as part of the exciting THC event being conducted on Wednesday 20 October 2021, from 11am-1pm AEST.

REGISTER NOW for @TheHopkinsCentre virtual #BoldIdeas #BetterSolutions FREE live online #research seminar series, to be held on Wednesday 13 October 2021 and Wednesday 20 October 2021, from 11am-1pm AEST.
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Employment and entrepreneurism with disability advocate Gary Allen – MS Queensland

With a mind for ethics and a heart for equality, disability-advocate Gary Allen is highly regarded and influential in the employment and entrepreneurial sector. Fighting for the representation and inclusion of people living with a disability, we spoke to Gary about his professional journey, the emerging issues present in Australian society, and his pioneering program Enabled.VIP.


Choosing to define himself by his career, not his MS diagnosis, Gary excelled in his profession and went from working in politics in 1996 to managing the ethics team at Griffith University in 2003. For over 20 years, Gary has now worked in research institutions, state and federal government departments and research ethics committees across Australia, Canada, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. “At the risk of sounding arrogant, there’s probably about three or four people in the country that do the same sort of work I do.” However, leading such a successful professional life whilst living with MS required a level of honesty and vulnerability from Gary in the beginning. “I wasn’t coy about my diagnosis. I know that there are people that have been unlucky with that experience, but I was lucky. Although, when I initially went in for the job interview, I consciously left my cane outside the room. I needn’t have worried though, the university was super cool and very supportive. And they have continued to be along the way.”

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Ongoing applications to charitable foundations

In recent days, we have been sending expressions of interest via email and web form to a number of charitable foundations and companies.  We know the individual chances of success aren’t great but we believe deeply in the concept of initiating, nurturing and supporting a community of practice in the Australian disability space.

Gary’s participation in a recent Disability Leadership Institute event about disability enterprises both confirmed for him why he is passionate about the power of disability entrepreneurship and that securing funding for your big idea isn’t easy.  So, we aren’t alone and there are a lot of us chasing funding.

We believe a genuine disability enterprise is one that is led and/or guided by people with a disability.  In our case, our CEO has progressive MS and is wheelchair mobile and three of the six members of our Advisory Board live with a disability.