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Dr-David-Banner

Self Employment Meltdown

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Dr-David-Banner

Not really sure how this year is going to turn out. I've now been self-employed for a few months now and no sign of generating a wage. It did take me a lot of trial and error to narrow down my specific angle of self-marketing. In the end I felt sales of electronic components and an advertising service (as back up) was my best bet. So, I have a website and it's getting hits. I am also trying to connect with some Russian electronic companies to possibly market some of their manufactured components (audio tubes are a good line).
Still, as you can imagine, these days it's not easy. There's plenty of established competition. Ebay also has swallowed up a lot of online sales. I believe there is hope but you can imagine even big businesses struggle these days.
The bottom line is I'm clearly much worse off than friends who have shop jobs. The snag is also I really couldn't handle employment again as I generally hate working with other people. So for now, the only idea I have is to reduce my expenses and see if maybe I can get more self-employment support and advice.

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Sanctuary

I think self-employment is in many ways the best way forward for people with AS, especially if they can find a way to build a business around a specialised interest or skill as you have done. I've been doing something similar for a while. I've really enjoyed it and for the first time i'm really doing something I want to do and can do well. Unfortunately there's very little money in what I am doing and it won't sustain me in the long-term. Eventually I will need to go back to conventional employment although I can probably keep my own thing going as well.

Unfortunately building a business that will be enough to live on is not easy due to all the competition and low prices offered by others which are very difficult to undercut while making a viable return. Sometimes the returns do come after a while as you become more established. Offering a niche service offers more possibilities but it's still difficult to break through. Hopefully you do ultimately have more success but whatever happens you will have done something you have really wanted to do and that's important. Future employers can also be impressed by the initiative you have shown and the business skills you have developed.   

 

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Dr-David-Banner

I don't think the support and advice they offer is that great. Maybe people are misled to going self employed to bring the statistics down. I notice a lot of these businesses fail to take off apart from maybe fast food or the dreaded "car wash". I am happy with the narrowing down of electronic components because I learned my stuff and the outlay is small. Plus postage is simple. The plan is to run the site a bit like an interest magazine and sell rarer stuff like germanium transistors. Maybe act as an agent for some of the Russia based producers if I get lucky. For the present time, though, my overheads go way beyond my earnings. My plan this year is to finish my small boat project and live on it with my own electric supply. I put full electric on last year and now have the water supply to do. Almost self sufficiency if it works out..

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Dr-David-Banner

If you'd told me 12 years ago I'd be in this situation I'd have had a hard time believing it. Back then I was employed and figured the coming years would be as secure. However, the industries where I worked came to close down and, in the end, I winded up back to square one. Subsequent employment in agencies was awful. Neither was it secure. I guess I had no option but to try self-employment as a last ditch attempt to escape job centres and schemes. To be fair on myself I have learned stuff on my own initiative such as pretty good advertising skills and finding what I actually want to do. The core issue, though, is I'm a long way from generating an income. The plan is based on online sales of electronic components and hopefully audio tubes but I guess it would require lots of sales. I had to put huge amounts of work into learning codes and ratings and lots of maths. This is easier for me than interacting with NT's in the workplace but it's stressful without the security of a wage.

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