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  • Community Futures Canada
    What is this Toolkit This Toolkit was created to help youth who find it hard to get regular full time jobs figure out if starting their own business is something that could work for them If you have a disability or face other barriers to employment working for yourself may be the answer Did you know that some skills you use to negotiate your daily life can help you be a successful entrepreneur This Toolkit will help you explore self employment as a career option Is this Toolkit for you This Toolkit is for anyone like you who feels or has been told that you might have a limitation that will make it hard for you to find and keep a regular job This Toolkit was developed for you if you can relate to any of the following situations You re between 14 and 24 years old You have a disability or health condition either visible or invisible Your job options are limited and sometimes it is hard for you to keep a job You want to be your own boss You live in a small town that has limited job opportunities You want to create a job for yourself doing something you love You want to do something different How do you use this Toolkit Watch our how to video here Audio Video and ASL You ll find nine steps to getting through this Toolkit Each step is important and will help you explore what your options are The best job for your personality The best job for your skills and talents The job that will make you want to get up in the morning and get to work Also we will give you some resources on how self employed people stay healthy and manage any disability supports they

    Original URL path: http://www.toolkit.cf-edp.ca/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Futures Canada
    What is this Toolkit This Toolkit was created to help youth who find it hard to get regular full time jobs figure out if starting their own business is something that could work for them If you have a disability or face other barriers to employment working for yourself may be the answer Did you know that some skills you use to negotiate your daily life can help you be a successful entrepreneur This Toolkit will help you explore self employment as a career option Is this Toolkit for you This Toolkit is for anyone like you who feels or has been told that you might have a limitation that will make it hard for you to find and keep a regular job This Toolkit was developed for you if you can relate to any of the following situations You re between 14 and 24 years old You have a disability or health condition either visible or invisible Your job options are limited and sometimes it is hard for you to keep a job You want to be your own boss You live in a small town that has limited job opportunities You want to create a job for yourself doing something you love You want to do something different How do you use this Toolkit Watch our how to video here Audio Video and ASL You ll find nine steps to getting through this Toolkit Each step is important and will help you explore what your options are The best job for your personality The best job for your skills and talents The job that will make you want to get up in the morning and get to work Also we will give you some resources on how self employed people stay healthy and manage any disability supports they

    Original URL path: http://www.toolkit.cf-edp.ca/?incfont=yes (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Futures Canada » Step 2: Decide what path is best for you
    two places either they themselves don t have the personality to run their own business or they re worried about how you ll feel if you don t succeed Well accept their concerns with thanks and use the information in this section to explain why self employment could be a good option for you Once you ve got an understanding about the world of self employment do the Entrepreneurial Potential questionnaire to move you another step closer to figuring out what kind of business you d be best at running But first let s define some the words you ll be seeing through the Toolkit since they can mean different things to different people Definitions Small business A business is considered a small business if either it is run by a self employed person with no paid help or if it has fewer than 50 employees Microbusiness A microbusiness is simply a really small small business It s any business that has 5 or fewer employees Odds are that when you start your own company it will technically be a microbusiness Employee versus Self employed It s important to understand the difference between being an employee and being self employed Some companies try to convince people who work for them that they are not employees but are self employed contractors They do this so that they don t have to give you vacation pay or sick days or pay their share of employment insurance and taxes According to Canada Revenue Agency you are self employed if you work independently and do not have anyone overseeing your work day to day you write your own pay cheques from money you earn for the work you do for clients you re free to work for whoever you want whenever you want you pay for all the tools and equipment you need to do your job you can hire other people to help you get your job done According to Canada Revenue agency you are an employee if you take direction from someone who is considered your boss someone else decides how much you ll be paid for your work and when you ll be paid and they write you a cheque you are not allowed to work for other people without permission from your boss another company pays for the tools and equipment you need to do your job you cannot hire other people to help you get your job done Small business statistics Lots of research has been done about self employment in Canada If you re interested in all the details about self employment in your province link to the Resource section and you ll find everything you ever wanted to know Look on the websites that are listed In Canada in 2008 there were 2 6 million people who claimed self employment income on their tax return That means 15 out of every 100 Canadians is self employed If you decide to start your own business you re certainly

    Original URL path: http://www.toolkit.cf-edp.ca/?page_id=7 (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Futures Canada » Step 3: Showcase your strengths
    invisible disability Did you know that some very successful entrepreneurs have used their experience with their disability to launch their own business Nick Vujicic a successful entrepreneur with a physical disability Nick was born without arms or legs What kinds of careers do you think people would have supported him in with that disability Well watch this video on You Tube by Nick Vujicic Nick is a motivational speaker He s talking to high school students and inspiring them about how to overcome barriers The video is just 3 minutes long but it packs a punch You can see more about Nick and the work he s chosen to do at his own website Attitude is Altitude See what Nick was able to accomplish He is a great speaker so he used this skill along with his personal experience to launch his business Imagine what you can do if you look at the positive side of your own skills and experience Paul Orfalea a successful entrepreneur with learning disabilities Have you ever seen or been to a Kinko s store Kinko s is one of the largest photocopying companies there is It is considered one of the best companies in the United States The man who started Kinko s and is still in charge as the CEO has both dyslexia and ADHD His name is Paul Orfalea and he was expelled from four high schools graduated at the bottom of his class and never learned to spell past the third grade level So how did Paul become such a successful entrepreneur He turned his learning disability into a learning opportunity by looking at the bright side of his experiences His inability to focus on details gave him a special ability to see the big picture Where his colleagues would get stuck in the details of something Paul could cut through all of that to see the end result And that has made him a very successful businessman Add your name here So tell us do you have the makings of an entrepreneur Exercises 3a and 3b will give you a good idea of those unique skills you have that entrepreneurs also have The entrepreneur uses these abilities to successfully run a business Some say entrepreneurs are born with entrepreneurial traits Some say they can be taught We think you can develop these traits when you dare to do new things But first listen up to these important messages Keep the business and the entrepreneur healthy A smart entrepreneur with a disability will pay close attention to their health so they do not burn out The smart entrepreneur will consider their particular needs and disability supports so they can stay in healthy balance when they run their business They will make a plan to maximize their health and to maximize their opportunity for business success It s another thing they do to showcase their strengths Health is important Plan for your health success Consider the following when thinking about the business

    Original URL path: http://www.toolkit.cf-edp.ca/?page_id=10 (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Futures Canada » Step 4: Decide what business is best for you
    or for finding the kind of work you will love There are lots of ways to approach this research about yourself For some people you ll just know what you want to do in your career If you ve always loved writing and it was your best subject in school well that gives you a good idea that a job writing would probably make you happy And if you re happy doing the work your chances of being successful are much higher There will be other people who are really good at something but don t love doing it Be careful if you re one of these people Others around you may tell you that you should start a business doing what you re good at But if you don t love the work then you won t be committed to your own success There s so much work involved in being self employed that you have to want to get up in the morning and get to it And that means you have to love what you re doing So in this step you ll look at two different areas The skills that you have What you love to do Somewhere in there you ll find ideas for the kind of work that would be a good fit for you And then it s on to the next step to figure out if there s a market to support your business But first let s work on finding some areas that will get you excited about getting out of bed every day Exercise 4a Listening to Yourself The best source of inspiration and creativity is yourself Stop the self censorship thinking thoughts like I could never do that and take advantage of your originality You have a unique way

    Original URL path: http://www.toolkit.cf-edp.ca/?page_id=12 (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Futures Canada » Step 5: Make sure you have a good business idea
    www cf edp ca This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada s Social Development Partnerships Program The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada Step 5 Make sure you have a good business idea In the last step you identified one or two or even more areas that you d enjoy working in You ve got an idea for a business that should keep you interested in working on it Let s explore your business idea In this step you ll look at some of the possible obstacles that you might face starting your business The exercise looking at obstacles is meant to help you start to see all of the different things you might need to get started The list you come up with might look overwhelming at first but don t let it scare you Depending on your business idea many of the possible obstacles won t even apply to you Exercise 5a Make sure you ll have customers This next step involves making sure your business idea will get other people interested in buying your product or service

    Original URL path: http://www.toolkit.cf-edp.ca/?page_id=17 (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Futures Canada » Step 6: Learn about the work you want to try
    Program The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada Step 6 Learn about the work you want to try This step in the process to start your own business may feel a little intimidating if you re not used to interviewing people But this is a very important step for several reasons You ll learn about the realities of starting and running a business in your community You ll introduce yourself to a leader in the community who could help you reach new customers You ll get to practice talking about your business idea which will help you get more clear on what you want to do Depending on the kind of business you want to start it may not be possible to find entrepreneurs in that same field in your community That s not important What s important is that you get out and talk to three or four people in your community who run their own business No matter what they do they will have good advice for you in this research and start up stage Exercise 6a Make your list of people

    Original URL path: http://www.toolkit.cf-edp.ca/?page_id=30 (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Futures Canada » Step 7: Develop your personal sales pitch
    not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada Step 7 Develop your personal sales pitch A sales pitch is a very brief description of your business that includes your product s features and benefits A good spoken sales pitch tells people who you are what you sell and why they want it in less than thirty seconds There are many reasons and times when you will wish you had your sales pitch perfected It could be meeting someone new who you think could really use your product or service It could be while you re out with a friend or family member and they start to tell someone about what you re doing It could be at the bank or at your Community Futures office telling someone who could loan you money to help you get started The only way you ll be able to makes sales is by letting people know you have something they need or want This Step is all about helping you develop your personal sales pitch Listen up If you don t use verbal language as your usual form of communication make sure your speaking representative uses the words you created to describe your

    Original URL path: http://www.toolkit.cf-edp.ca/?page_id=31 (2016-02-13)
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