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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

My work background after high school1
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