Self-Employment Services: Accommodating individual disabilities is not always something that can be accomplished in the traditional workplace, self-employment offers a real alternative for entrepreneurs with disabilities. The flexibility of being able to set one’s own hours and adjust the physical workspace opens up new possibilities to those with marketable skills and talents and the determination to succeed.
G-MALE Consultants Self-Employment Services and its partners help such clients develop and evaluate their business ideas according to both business feasibility and issues presented by their disability. Self-employment specialists work one-on-one with each entrepreneur, discussing the appropriateness of self-employment and evaluating the suitability of the business idea. Together, step by step, the specialist and the entrepreneur create a business plan. The specialist also connects the client with community resources and helps adapt them to address the client’s need.
The number of business planning services provided by G-MALE Consultants almost doubled in the past year. And with the addition of a planned new component to the Self-Employment Services program – Business Plan Resources and Support – more expansion is expected.
The complexity of casework has also increased. Because of our reputation for success, staff has seen a shift to more requests for business planning service and a decrease in referrals for assessments and feasibility studies. These result in staff providing a higher level and more complex type of service; one, which takes more time to complete.
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All proceeds for this "for profit company" are donated to the Downtown Eastside Abilities Link Society. The Society works with those on the street to provide them with an exit strategy if they so choose or in the alternative, real choices around lifestyle, housing and becomining less reliant on urgent services.