Building a Business - Pepey's story
Pepey receives a Disability Support Pension as he is living with an intellectual disability. He had previously sought employment but had negative experiences within short-term positions. He found that employers did not provide adequate support or understanding. He was therefore in jobs for short periods of time, and struggled to find other work opportunities.
As a result, he felt it would be beneficial for him to start his own small business and support others who are living with a disability by becoming an NDIS provider.
Pepey said he wanted to “start a business that is honest, loyal and supports people who also have a disability”.
He reached out to St Vincent de Paul's Ability Links as he had worked with us in the past and knew we could support him with his goal. Alongside his local Linker, he was supported to create his own Australian Business Number to start his business venture rolling. With support from his Linker, he also learned how to correctly report his spending and earnings to Centrelink.
Pepey has now proudly registered his business, ‘Honest n’ Loyal Lawn mowing Maintenance and General Cleaning Service’. What’s more, he now has a business bank account, a work email address and Facebook page so people can get in contact with him to find out more and book jobs with him.
Pepey was also linked into an organization that will support him by providing free promotional resources such as setting up his own website and business cards.
Pepey has maintained a positive outlook and a fierce drive. He has already completed his first three jobs and has many more booked in, which is allowing him to spend his own money and rely less on his Disability Support Pension. He knows there will be “ups and downs” and with “every new job another learning to take away” and we look forward to seeing him succeed in his venture.
Pepey with his Linker, Esther