News Tag: Work

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Excited by an upcoming DLI event

On 28 September the Disability Leadership Institute will be hosting a talk by Jannine Williams, who will be sharing information from her latest research on disability entrepreneurship.  This will be followed by Q&A session.

Disability entrepreneurship not only has incredible potential to provide financial independence to individuals (and their families) it can also provide important mental health indignity benefits.  We would also argue that it could be good for the Australian economy.

This is a topic we are excited about and we look forward to hearing the insights Janine gained from her work.  We will consider how her insights can inform and refine our approach to the platform.

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When it comes to your business… organic is best

We aren’t talking about farming or food.  Instead, we are talking about followers and customers for your business, as well the community that surrounds your online efforts.

Paid advertising could seem a quick and effort-free way to get big numbers.  In our experience, it is a seductive and misleading trap.  Yes, you may get a surge in numbers but their engagement is likely to be ephemeral and without genuine substance.  Third-party recommendations and endorsements, coupled with a positive reputation, is more likely to generate positive.

Consequently, we recommend our members…

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Small Business Idea: Part II – Listing

List your business in The BAZAAR, as a form of free advertising and it gives your endeavour a web presence, without the expense.

So potential customers can engage you for less money and use a low-risk approach to test your services on a gig basis so as to test your potential as a new potential service provider.

While this may feel like a distraction from setting up your business, it is actually a great way to connect with new customers.  It might also provide a way to generate income between big jobs…

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Finalising our NDRP grant application

Over the last few days we have been compiling information about the previous research that our NDRP grant would build upon and collecting quotes for the services it would fund.

If this grant application is successful it would further embed research and data collection into the operation of the platform.  It will ensure our service delivery and support of clients will be evidence-based.  Importantly, this grant would allow us to collect evidence as to the value of entrepreneurship for Australians who live with a disability.

So lots of positive thoughts our into the universe or prayers (depending on your spiritual or theological beliefs) until further notice.

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A discussion sheet about being “a sticky business”

Gary has started a discussion sheet about positive and constructive approaches to make the relationship between your revenue-generating endeavour ‘sticky’.  We aren’t talking about the psychological hacks some social media platforms, but something less insidious, intended to build a long-lasting constructive connection to your customers.

This is the approach Gary has tried to take with his own company, AHRECS.

The drafting is likely to take a couple of weeks.  We’ll keep you posted.

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Special area for sheets

Our Resource Library now includes a specialist area where we will only post our sheets (discussion sheets and resource sheets).

These are the in-house resources we are producing for members of the platform.  They contain tips, ideas, warnings about trips and traps, as well as useful links.

Our hope is these tailored resources will provide essential guidance and support for aspiring disability entrepreneurs.

A woman in a wheelchair in an office picking up a smartphone.

Working from home is now just ‘work’, and Australia Talks data suggests it’s here to stay – ABC News (Daniel Ziffer | May 2021)

It shouldn’t need saying, but we’ll say it anyway, stories like this underscore that a home-based endeavour is real work that has a valuable role to play in the Australian economy and society. We are thrilled to be helping Australians who live with a disability to pursue their entrepreneurial potential.  And to set up work that suits their disability and needs.