A little over a year ago I was finishing up an extended internship at an organization that I loved so much. That organization was the first establishment that hired me despite having tried to get a job for years. As a disabled person, I knew the challenge that I'd face by trying to get hired by someone again. I know disabled people with master's degrees and so much more experience than I have who have trouble just getting any job, and even non-disabled people have trouble finding such a great job that I had, so I needed to become my own employer. I was not going to get used to not working, "officially" knowing that I could do it now.
Long story short, where I live, there is a program called vocational rehabilitation services. This is a government program that is supposed to help disabled people get services that they need to reach their career goals. I got signed up with them and my goal was to have a tutoring business.
I thought it was so simple... I had already created the LLC and website. I already had a simple business plan. I was going to be the only owner and the only employee, so I thought things wouldn't be too hard. I even had my own business mentors who had complete faith in what I was trying to do.
But as the months go on, the people from vocational rehabilitation services keep giving me new hoops to jump through. Here I am, a little over one year into this and I have nothing to show for it. I send in a business plan and they ask for more paperwork, and it repeats. The new paperwork that they give me always includes terminology that is so hard to wrap my mind around, even with the help of others who have tried to help me.
I want to give up... and I know that's what the state wants.
But I know that in the long term that me giving up might not help me. You see, if I can get them to accept a plan, then they have to pay for things that I need for my business to be successful. That includes things like technology and advisors.
I just want to work... for myself.
Business plan consultants are expensive, right? :/