Invent Your Own Success as an Entrepreneur or Home Business Owner
Wheel:Life publications center on sharing resources and support for people who use wheelchairs. In 10 Fundraising Ideas to Help People with Disabilities, you’ll review 10 brainstorming ideas for different types of fundraiser events to benefit an individual with a disability who needs assistance for medical equipment, physical rehabilitation, adaptive sports equipment or daily medical needs. An excerpt of Chapter 5 is below.
Employment often presents a “chicken and the egg” conundrum for people who have disabilities. Many times, a person cannot return to their old job after a life-changing accident or medical condition, because of the physical requirements of the position.
The chicken and the egg issue is that you need a job to make money, and without money, it’s hard to retrain yourself with new job skills or to pursue additional education or programs that would help you get placed in a permanent position. However, there are a variety of options for people who have decided that the traditional workplace no longer works for their needs and do want to be an entrepreneur.
Women everywhere have supplemented their household income by becoming sales representatives for Mary Kay, Tupperware, Avon, and other well-known brands that employ independent consultants as brand ambassadors.
Know that these jobs are commission-only and require an outgoing personality that doesn’t mind approaching and talking with strangers. If you are a natural at networking, and good at time management, a commission-based work-at-home job might be right for you.
Working for Loving Relationships
Romantic moments are an ongoing subject of concern for people who have disabilities, especially those who use wheelchairs. Almost everyone in this community can relate to having questions about sexual health and personal relationships.
Have you considered being that kind of ambassador as a Passion Party consultant? Passion Party consultants are ordinary women who have the opportunity to live extraordinary lifestyles by owning and managing their own businesses – while promoting sexual awareness and well-being. These consultants host small get-togethers where participants can talk about relationships and sexual aids that assist people in that part of their private life.
For the disabled community, this kind of honest, open dialogue about what works and what doesn’t work in the bedroom may be just the thing that saves a marriage after a life-changing event or a permanent medical condition occurs.
Invent Your Success
Discovering your personal strength in dealing with your disability can spark a business idea too. Pat Dougherty, a C6-7 quadriplegic, did just that when he was presented with the obstacle of playing outside with his children after a motocross accident left him paralyzed.
Pat had a hard time getting around his backyard in his regular wheelchair, and found that to be incredibly frustrating and unacceptable for his sense of independence. So Pat adapted, and engineered a new product for wheelchair users in the process!
FreeWheel is an attachment for mobile wheelchairs that turns a manual wheelchair into a off-road adventure vehicle.
Pat has always had a strong passion and adventure for life, making him the perfect entrepreneur. His chair does not define him, but instead he is in the cockpit of his chair and continues to do all of the action packed activities he loves. “Life is for living and every day I am now out, actively participating, and I know the FreeWheel has a very positive impact on my health,” Pat says.
Find more business and employment ideas in Lisa Wells’ book, 10 Fundraising Ideas to Help People with Disabilities, available on Amazon for Kindle and iPad at http://www.amazon.com/Fundraising-Ideas-Help-People-Disabilities
If you have a disability, and a facing a financial challenge, you can request a free copy of this book at: http://www.wheel-life.org/free-book-series/
About 10 Fundraising Ideas to Help People with Disabilities
Throughout the book, Lisa Wells shares real-life examples and success stories from her interactions with disability advocates, non-profit supporters and Wheel:Life members throughout a healthcare marketing career that spans more than 20 years on three continents.
10 Fundraising Ideas to Help People with Disabilities features interviews from:
• Paralympian Bert Burns on how he raised support to begin his career in wheelchair racing
• Project Walk Atlanta participant Leslie Ostrander on how she raised money for additional rehab
• The founders of 100 Songs for Kids on their annual music event to benefit children’s medical charities
• Rolling Inspiration creator Chris Salas on how he lined up sponsors for his SCI peer support group
and power soccer team
• The creators of Hunter’s Torch Daylily Garden, a fundraising resource for a child with special needs.
• The Independence Fund – a little known source of financial support for disabled US veterans.