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    Ideas for business - finding fundings - finding a niche

    I'm not sure this is the correct forum to throw this out on but here goes.
    I'm post SCI over 2 yrs. now. When it came time to re-enter the work force I luckily had a job waiting for me. This was a contract position though and I'm pretty sure that my new physical challenges put me on the short list when they started downsizing a project that had lasted for over two years. Since then, I'ved had to struggle to keep working. Now, I'm earning about 60% of what I was making pre-SCI and having a hard time getting things going again even though it looks like the market for my skill set is pretty health (computer consulting - specialiszing in software testing).
    One old contact set me up to meet with someone I worked for in the past and while the meeting went okay, she seemed taken aback by my appearance and my limping.
    I don't blame anyone for having second thoughts about me. Business is competitive and why should they hire me over someone who is as well qualified as well as physucally "spry".
    I need to be entrepenueral. I'm looking for business ideas and I also wondered if I could leverage my SCI to get some kind of special consideration in obtaining business funding. I'll take what ever advantage I can find. I think I'm looking at a very difficult future if I don't come up with a new approach to making a living!
    The funny thing is - I think I'm a better prospect as an employee or consultant than I was pre-SCI for a whole host of reasons.
    On top of that, I'd love to be able to generate opportunities for other people as well. I think that would be something to be very proud of.

    Any ideas are welcome.
    Last edited by garvey; 26 Aug 2006, 4:28 PM.

    Look for companies that contract to state and federal agencies or companies that do work for those companies. Both states and federal governments have special consideration for the disabled with all things being even otherwise. If you are a veteran you get extra points. Try sliding into a job where you can get a secret security clearence (basically you've kept your nose clean and have never been a felon) and then if you measure up most places that do such stuff will try to get yyou a top secret clearence. That makes you sooooooooooooooooo permenantly employable.

    Also the Small Business Administration sets aside grants and loans for the disabled and minority owned businesses.
    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

    Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.


      I appreciate your input.
      I intend to pursue this like my life depends on starting a business - because I think it does!
      I have much debt and a daughter who will be going to college in a year.
      A buddy of mine is taking his son to NYU today to start as freshman.
      We're all wondering where all the $$$ is going to come from!!