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We are delighted to be working with Sukhi Arora

We have been listed as a not-for-profit with the employment service Seek.  This allows us to list volunteering opportunity online with them.  We are incredibly fortunate to have Sukhi Arora volunteering with us.  He has considerable experience in the social enterprise, community service and business spaces.  He is currently assisting with behind the scenes work with Gary.  

The platform is now greatly benefiting from the work of a few volunteers.  We are excited by this contribution and work, which is powering our progress towards launch, which we plan to do formally in December around World Disability Day.  

If you are interested in doing some volunteer work with the platform, send us an email to [email protected]  There are currently several spaces where we are looking for volunteers, everything from experienced business people to serve as mentors for our members through to talented artists to produce cartoon images.  We would be thrilled to hear from you.

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A very sad day: Bob’s funeral

Today is an incredibly sad day, it is the funeral of our CEO’s stepdad, Bob Smith.  He has been a great friend and role model.  He was also an enthusiastic fan of this platform.  Generous, thoughtful and a true gentleman, in the best sense of the term.  Bob will be dearly missed by his wife, family and friends.  His life was a life well-lived but Bob you are gone too soon.

Bob shared Gary’s love of fantasy and science fiction.  Gary attributes his work ethic and belief in the transformative value of work in its various forms to Bob.  

Needless to say, Gary won’t be working today.  But as we have reported recently, we have been able to automate and preschedule some tasks – such as posts to the newsfeed, the Resource Library and to social media.

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What is a micro-business?

Around 25% of Australian businesses are micro-businesses.  A micro-business can be characterised by having an annual turnover of less than $2 million and less than 15 employees.  Often those people work less than a full span of hours and don’t draw a regular salary from the business.  In many cases, micro-businesses are often owned and operated by a single self-employed individual with no supporting employees.  Examples of such operations include freelance consultants, designers, writers, web developers, life coaches, and self-employed personal trainers.

A gig-based micro-business is based on pursuing and undertaking short-term and relatively small jobs.  Often, the motivation is to occasionally earn some extra money, not build a thriving and expanding business.  A gig-based approach to operating a micro-business can better suit the realities and limitations of working with a disability.  It can also be an agile and flexible way to pursue your potential – especially for people who had to retire from regular employment because of their disability.

Strengths of establishing and operating a micro-business are:

(i) They require a minimum of setup and operational costs (we will discuss this in a separate post).

(ii) You are not trapped working in a toxic situation where you are not respected or valued.

(iii) You can set up your workspace, hours, role and jobs to suit your needs, potential and goals.

(iv) You can decide how to build your brand and portfolio of clients.

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Two weeks up our sleeve

Using a combination of the free scheduling facility in WordPress and the free version of SlackSocial, we have scheduled in advance, two weeks’ worth of our posts to our Newsfeed and our Resource Library.  This is a great piece of mind, it also means we are a little bit more resilient to what’s going on with Gary’s Progressive MS.  We won’t let him kid you by suggesting he has more work/life balance in his life – because he is still nuts busy.

A combination of scheduling, Apps and services can make it easier to operate and plan for your money-generating endeavour.  We already have some great tips in the Resource Library, we will be writing some blog posts and will do some webinars on this topic.  The reality is for many disabilities, we need to prepare for the worst and have some capacity to deal with spells of time when we cannot work.

The goal of the platform is for us not to be so dependent on individuals for us to move constructively forwards.  Any expressions of interest in becoming a volunteer with the platform should be sent to [email protected]

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We are currently exploring eligibility for the In a IAGP grant

We have recently reached out to the In a Good Place (IAGP) program to explore whether we should submit an Expression Of Interest.  The IAGP has a particular focus on regional and remote Australia, as well as supporting a direct focus on strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable community members who are at risk of, or are experiencing mental health issues.  Our idea is to create a node of the platform focused specifically on this cohort.

Our thought is to have resources, blog posts and webinars/online events focused on the needs of this vulnerable group.  We are conscious of the intersectionality of social exclusion, prejudice and discriminatory barriers that disabled Australians face.  These can undermine dignity, self-worth and mental health.  Without adequate support services (especially for people already living with mental health issues) the situation can be unacceptable.

The idea of creating this node is pretty exciting, as is the prospect of connecting with other social enterprises in this space.

UPDATE 08/05/2022 – Sadly, because we are an individual private company, we have been advised we are not eligible,

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References for our recent student interns

During the last couple of weeks, we have provided verbal references for our two recent student interns (Kianna Lowe and Gabrielle Wilson).  We were very happy to do so because they did such excellent work for us, both have a great work ethic and definitely ‘value-added’ in their time with us.

We wish them well for the future and thank them for the contribution they made to the platform.

Our participation in the internship program conducted by Griffith Business School was simply excellent and we recommend all Queensland social enterprises think about ways in which to engage with them.  Given our connection to Griffith University, we were thrilled to be able to offer authentic work experience to two students and benefit from their input.

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Prac listings for Trimester 2, 2022

Recently we submitted the paperwork to list the platform for Griffith Business School student intern placements at the platform.  These will be building upon the excellent work done by our student interns (Kianna Lowe and Gabrielle Wilson).  They set a high bar to match but we hope to have a couple more student interns working with us.

This time, the student interns will be working on:

(i) Policy – Updating our policies, in preparation for us submitting for NDIA registration.  Then shepherding our application through the process to obtain NDIA registration.

(ii) Marketing – Drafting blog posts, and resource items and assisting with our webinars.

We are excited by the prospect of working with two Griffith University student interns and look forward to seeing what they come up with.

For members of the platform’s Advisory Board our Griffith University staff members, so we are delighted to be able to offer a couple of students practical experiences, while we benefit from their enthusiasm and contribution.

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394 resources and free access

Including the 14 resources we have scheduled and 47 Living Well items, we have 391 items in our curated Resource Library.  These hand-picked and excellent items will help members establish and operate their money-generating endeavour.

Paid and free members can access the items in the library.  There are a few items that are limited to Silver and Gold members of the platform.  In addition to the Resource Library, free members can access our webinars, blog and newsletters.  A link to express an interest in becoming a member is below.

Australians who live with a disability, their carers or people with an established connection to disability in Australia can join the platform as Bronze (free).