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My journey to successful self-employment. My personal Background. Self-Advocate Independence-have lived in my own apartment since 2000 Athletics-competed in Special Olympics tennis in Ireland in2003 Public Speaking-People First representative to England and Scotland in 2005

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my personal background
My personal Background
  • Self-Advocate
  • Independence-have lived in my own apartment since 2000
  • Athletics-competed in Special Olympics tennis in Ireland in2003
  • Public Speaking-People First representative to England and Scotland in 2005
  • Musician-piano and guitar
  • Church Ministry-lector, communion distributor, choir member
my work background during high school
My work Background: During High School
  • Child Day Care Centers-paid and volunteer posititions
  • Dr. Kate’s Nursing Home-volunteered to give water to residents
  • Our Lady Queen of the Universe Catholic Church-volunteered as an aid in religious education classes
  • Benjamin’s Green House-volunteered to work with flowers
  • Indian Shores Campground-volunteered as a cleaning assistant
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My Work Background: During High School
  • McDonalds-cleaning
  • Howard Young Health Care-cleaning, stocking, patient transport
  • Performance Foods-cleaning, bagging, customer service
my work background transition
My Work Background: transition
  • Vocational Evaluation-sheltered workshop recommended
  • Supported Employment-job coaches, employer based natural supports
my work background after high school
My Work background-after high school
  • Volunteer position at Howard Young Health Care with the help of a friend
  • I advocated for myself and got a paid job in Central Stores and Medical Records
  • I transferred into a job doing document shredding
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My Work background-after high school
  • The hospital decided to hire an outside agency to do their shredding
  • Transferred from the hospital to the nursing home laundry folding residents’ clothes
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My Work background-after high school
  • Hired by the Waters of Minocqua-vacuuming, dusting, putting away breakfast items, working in the wedding tent
  • Hired by the Town of Minocqua-cleaning, filing, shredding with job coaching and natural supports
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My Work background-after high school
  • Not much work at the nursing home job
  • Just a few hours per week at each job
  • Some co-workers seemed uncomfortable working with me
self employment as a viable option
Self Employment as a viable option
  • There was a fire in my parents’ empty bait shop
  • Bait shop was renovated to be my shredding business
  • Social Security back payment provided some money that I could use to start my business
  • Preliminary work-find out if local businesses might be willing to hire someone like me to do their shredding
self employment the planning process
Self employment-the planning process
  • Assembled a core team
  • Developed a PASS plan (Plan to Achieve Self-Support) for Social Security
  • Created a Business Plan
  • Created a Marketing Plan
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Self employment-the planning process
  • Purchased equipment
  • Undertook building improvements
  • Business signs
self employment marketing plan
Self employment-Marketing plan
  • Created Letterhead and business cards
  • Developed Letter of Introduction
  • Developed an informational brochure
  • Made personal marketing visits
  • Mailed brochures to businesses
  • Got letters of recommendation
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Self employment-Marketing plan
  • Joined Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce
  • My business is listed on the Chamber web-site
  • I have an ad in my church’s weekly bulletin (readership of 1500-2000 households per week)
  • Business listing on the Liturgical Publications web site
self employment transportation plan
Self employment-transportation plan
  • Document pick-up
  • Recycling drop-off
  • Transport to businesses requesting on-site document destruction
self employment job specifics
Self employment-job specifics
  • All documents are destroyed as quickly as possible
  • Some customers prefer to stay during the destruction process
  • Document destruction at business locations, when requested
  • Cost of disposal of shredded materials built into rates
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Self employment-job specifics
  • Appointments for “drop-in” customers
  • Confirmation when job complete
  • End of the month billing
  • $10 per hour
self employment benefits planning
Self employment-Benefits planning
  • Met with a Benefits Specialist to discuss how self-employment would affect my Social Security benefits
  • Continue to receive Medicaid through 1619(b)
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Self employment-job specifics
  • My mom taught my how to use the shredder
  • Mom and I attended a “person-centered integrated employment” training at Nicolet College
  • Mom coordinates the book-keeping and ongoing marketing
  • Possible future employees
self employment expenses
Self employment-expenses
  • Disposal of shredded materials
  • Liability Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Advertising
  • Chamber of Commerce membership
  • Supplies (bags, oil, pressurized air)
self employment long term plans
Self employment-long term plans
  • My mom is my primary support person at this time. Mom will retire (again) some day:
  • Will hire an accounting service
  • Setting up a long-term support team
self employment conclusion
Self employment-Conclusion
  • I truly enjoy owning my own business
  • I set my own hours
  • I have met many wonderful people
self employment keys to my success
Self employment-keys to my success
  • I always try to have a positive attitude
  • I try to follow my dreams
  • I like to stay busy and excited
  • Practice my faith by treating others fairly, being kind, honest and friendly
  • I view my syndrome as “ups” rather than “downs”
  • I stay involved and active in my community
self employment my advice to you
Self employment-my advice to you
  • Stay positive
  • Find someone to support you