Man with mental disability finds meaning through satisfying occupation

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A middle-aged man who has suffered from a bipolar condition for many years has found meaning and satisfaction in a job suited to his temperament.

For reasons of privacy the man’s name cannot be disclosed. His bipolar condition struck while he was attending university. Some time later he was able to consider what he would do as a profession. He became a sales representative for a cleaning materials manufacturer.

He has built up a strong customer base, selling to restaurants and other small businesses that require cleaning materials. He is proud of his weekly sales success and is always keenly planning his sales calls and doing his bookkeeping on weekends and ordering stock on Mondays.

Selling, one of the oldest professions, can be suited to people with mental disabilities. It requires empathy with customers and negotiation skills. Own transport is important but when the man with bipolar needs to make sales calls outside of the suburb where he lives and serves customers, then one of his parents takes him on his sales calls. He has a driving licence but because of his attention span, he prefers not to do regular driving. Sometimes when his parents are unavailable, he uses the Uber taxi service.

Even though this man with bipolar suffered severe disappointment of not being able to complete his in-residence University studies, he obtained his BComm Degree through the correspondence from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Please remember that this type of work is best suited for someone with a mental condition who has a relatively high level of functioning. Low and medium functioning people with mental disabilities, may find it difficult or too challenging.

Should you be interested in finding meaningful opportunities for your child or a relative, please get yourself onto the email list for a special report (at no cost) that will be made available in the future. The report will cover a range of employment possibilities to support parents and other caregivers in dealing deal with this challenging issue in the lives of their loved ones who suffer from mental disabilities.

The report will cover 10 years of experience as a caregiver of a mentally disabled person and interactions with others and their experiences in finding meaningful work.

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Business radio jocks, business advisers and other small business myth makers

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A business radio jock asked a business consultant what were the three most important things for the creation of small enterprise. The business consultant said they were access to finance, access to markets and access to business knowledge. Yes, there is some truth in this but it was interesting that the business adviser started off with access to finance. It came in late to the conversation but one wonders whether or not this business adviser is attached in some way to a lending institution. Access to markets makes it sound as if there were people or other institutions preventing the small business owner from entering a market. In a free market the only real barrier to entry is competence and economies of scale. Access to business knowledge is an interesting one because to get real business smarts, you don’t have to attend a business course. Real, actionable business knowledge and information can be found from those who have run small businesses, creating them from scratch and business mentors. Continue reading “Business radio jocks, business advisers and other small business myth makers”

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Do you want to build an income-producing generating asset?

 

Have you been hard hit by the rise in personal taxes? Do you try to cut your expenses down to the bone that still don’t come out each month with money to spare? Has doing something on your own been a lifelong dream? Or is building an income-generating asset your goal in life?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to take a look at the different ways in which you can acquire all come up with an income-producing arriving asset. Continue reading “Do you want to build an income-producing generating asset?”

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How do you know if you have created a desirable product or not?

By Chesney Bradshaw

A successful inventor, Stephen Key, says that he started his career in product development selling his handmade goods at art shows and state fairs where he quickly discovered the importance of creating a desirable product. “Let’s face it: When the rent is due and you are hungry, if the product used to spent several hours making doesn’t sell, you quickly move onto something else.”

This is an important point, isn’t it for? If you make something that very few or almost no one wants, then what’s the point? But how do you get to that stage where you are making products that people want? Continue reading “How do you know if you have created a desirable product or not?”

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How playing games can produce new business ideas

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All the attention that generating new business ideas gets in the media and online gives the wrong impression. It’s hardly ever mentioned that original ideas often don’t pay. Why is this? It’s because new business ideas are expensive to develop, take long to implement are hard to markets and require starting a new business.

What then is the alternative?

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Is this one thing holding you back from success?

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Let’s get down to basics. If you haven’t been able to start something of your own, create your own asset for for generating income, then you most likely haven’t conquered the one thing that stands in your way: fear of failure.

Felix Dennis, one of Britain’s wealthiest self-made entrepreneurs, said: “After a lifetime of making money and observing better men and women than I fall by the wayside, I am convinced that fear of failing in the eyes of the world is the single biggest impediment to amassing wealth.” Continue reading “Is this one thing holding you back from success?”

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7 points to spot gaps in a market

A Cornwall surfer came up with an idea to make a surf helmet, which he initially used himself. He began to look for gaps in the market and realised that he should approach the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. He eventually ended up making 10 different versions of helmets for the Sea Rescue Institute with add-ons such as cameras, tortures and communication equipment. The entrepreneur has also designed and developed a helmet for watercraft racing. Continue reading “7 points to spot gaps in a market”

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Are your business skills, knowledge and understanding of the opportunities of technology past their sell-by date?

The other day my son sent me a link to an article from a UK publication pointing out how a woman just over 20 had acquired a £1 million home. She had achieved such rapid wealth through her prowess on the Internet and video sphere. If you don’t know about vlogs – video blogs – you wouldn’t have a clue how she did it. Would you know how she developed her business model?

It’s not only in the Internet marketing world where things are rapidly changing. I see people struggling with new technology, not understanding what the hang it’s about. Some small start-up business models are woefully out of date. New products are launched using old models that are doomed for failure while the start-up founder could have got up to date with lean thinking and know how to test market on a small scale before coughing up vast sums and depleting valuable financial resources on product development and marketing.

How do you stay up-to-date?

I think it all starts with having a blank slate. Why do I encourage blank-slate thinking? The reason is because we carry baggage with us. We have certain beliefs that we leave unchallenged. By putting your beliefs and attitudes to one side you can look with an open mind. Another thing is to become curious – instead of just marvelling at what others are doing you need to ask yourself: how did they do that? The answer will send you on an exploration journey and increase your learning.

You might want to also talk to younger entrepreneurs. Find out what the challenges are and how they are overcoming them. What are they doing different in today’s marketplace? How are they handling issues such as low-cost, no-cost marketing? What business models are they using? I heard the other day from an entrepreneur and business adviser about nine different subscription models for gaining additional revenue.

Another thing is to broaden your information sources. Thanks to the Internet this is much more possible and costs less than a few years ago. The Internet, despite some criticising it for its inaccuracy and bias, it provides much up-to-date information. Subscribe to newsletters, email lists, expert business advisers, pod , Twitter feeds and other social media.

Yes, look the newspapers but remember that over the past decade or so newspapers have become mainly vehicles for advertisers.

Much of the information that you get from them comes from press releases tarted up by journalists who do not investigate the facts.

They also don’t put the news into context so that you know what you are reading is important or not.

Even so-called business newspapers have deteriorated, becoming thin and filled with opinions and space that is clearly earmarked and allocated to advertisers and their press agents.

If you want to learn more about how to exploit information sources in the vast ocean of information that now exists on the Internet and use it to come up with a new business idea or two to improve your small business, then subscribe and find out more.

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How do successful start-up founders and entrepreneurs find their purpose?

You may have a strong vision to build websites but enter the market when website building has been commoditized and you have to advertise like this on street poles.

Do you just fall into doing something you love or do you visualise it and plan it?

It’s got be one of the most difficult things to do. Deciding on pursuing what you want to do in life. Some people never seem to know what they want. They just carry on and accept whatever fate is handed out to them. Others, a minority, just seem to know where they are headed and even if circumstances change they redirect and move on.

The great difficulty is that there is so much happening in the world, so many options, so many different choices, that it’s difficult to know what you really want to do. That might be the case for someone who has grown up in a family with reasonable means but what about those who have fewer resources? Even if they dream big, what are the chances of them making a personal breakthrough? Continue reading “How do successful start-up founders and entrepreneurs find their purpose?”

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Two small restaurant businesses started up, one after each other, in the same premises. After 18 months, the first business went to the wall and had to shut its doors. The second business took over the same premises also with a restaurant but business is strong and growing.

What made the difference between these two small businesses? What made one unprofitable and the other profitable?

If you are looking to open a new business, what key fundamentals will you look for when it comes to profitability? Even if you are presently running a small business it’s worth looking at these key fundamentals because you may be missing out on profit opportunities. Without running your business profitably you are unfortunately not going to make it over the medium-to long-term. As a start-up or any individual who is starting any income-generation opportunity, you need to carefully consider how profitable your business is going to be. Continue reading “What makes one small business more profitable than another?”

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