MyCareSpace recently presented a webinar titled: How use your NDIS funds to smash barriers & create innovative post school options (employment, social & community participation)
We spoke about how to start a business (a micro enterprise) and the BIG question on most people's lips was "how can I use my NDIS funding to start a business?"
We asked Libby Ellis of InCharge - an organisation that helps people start a very small business or micro enterprise - to give us some ideas about how funding could be used for different aspects of a micro enterprise.
She told us to remember that it really makes life easier if you are self or plan managed. If you are NDIA managed (also called Agency managed) you will need to find or negotiate with a registered provider who can deliver a more personalised approach based on the services and tasks you need assistance with. If you have a Support Coordinator, this kind of research and negotiation is something they can help with.
In principle, it is good to think about the kinds of things that might act as a barrier to you in starting your own business because of the impact of your disability. Then, how could your NDIS funding reduce or solve that barrier?
Some examples might be:
- Help you think about your skills, strengths and interests and link these with a business idea
- Assist you develop a business or marketing plan
- Find others who can help you make a business or marketing plan
- Help to understand legal issues
- Help to find legal advice
- Organising the systems you need - for example, recording your stock or money management
- Assist you to make your product or deliver your service
- Having equipment that helps you work in your business more independently
- Teach you the steps of making your product or delivering a service
- Creating visual or other supports which help you do your job
- Learning behaviours which are appropriate to your business - for example customer service skills
InCharge is part of a project that supports people with disability in western Sydney and western NSW who want to learn about starting a small business.
If you live in Dubbo you can find out more here.
Here is a list of other ideas and their NDIS funding support categories:
Examples of Assistance You Might Need
NDIS Support Categories
NOTE: If your categories include something called a 'Stated Support', this means you must use the funding for that particular item only.
Daily or Weekly Assistance
If you need assistance to find and assess Assistive Technology that allows you to work in your business more independently.
If you could benefit from the creation of a skills development program for you and your support workers to follow.
Low risk technology that allows you to work in or on your business more independently.
Improved Daily Living
Assistive technology (AT in NDIS speak)
Core support for low risk assistive technology
|Specialist Style Consultancy Support|
Increased Social and Community Participation
Core Support if you are self or plan managed and feel you can dedicate the funds
Core support if you are self or plan managed and feel you can dedicate the funds
Increased Social and Community Participation.
Find other experts to assist you – for example business mentors
Develop a team of people who volunteer to help you (like a business management group)
Help to access other financial support
Core support if you are self or plan managed and feel you can dedicate the funds.
Here are organisations that support employment, provide mentoring or help start a business:
- Mind Your Business (by InCharge)
- National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program
- Workways NDIS Employment Services (Illawarra region
- Cerebral Palsy Career Labs
- Cerebral Palsy SLES options
- Uni 2 Beyond
- The Verge Collaborative
- The Rural Woman
- Challenge Community Service Preparing for Work Program - Contact Katie Butler
- Challenge Community Services Employment