A huge 3 out of 5 of us are expected to become carers at some point in our lives. Caring for someone, whether its part time or round the clock can have a huge impact on your lifestyle.
The 6th June – 12th June is National Carers Week, aimed to help the 6.5 million unpaid carers across the UK with support, advice and recognition! As a carer it can be hard to maintain personal relationships, health and work.
We will be at Newton Abbot Racecourse on Wednesday 8th June offering guidance to carers who are looking to get back into employment and providing alternative ideas such as self-employment.
Self-employment can enable you to work flexible hours that suit your caring commitments, whether it’s ironing, dog-walking or a hidden talent you can look to sell your skill and become the owner of your own business.
Opportunity Plus offer a range of free business start-up guidance, so if you are unable to make it on the day then please get in touch on 0800 043 2440 or firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can help.
For more information on National Carers Week or to see how you can help, please visit: http://www.carersweek.org/
Opportunity Plus had the pleasure of attending the Disability Confident Conference at Foxes Academy in Minehead last year and were inspired by the enthusiasm, hard work and success stories of the young people who work and train at the academy. We are delighted to pledge our support to the campaign and develop even more work placement opportunities in 2016.
Many organisations from across the South West attended the conference including employers, support organisation and the Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, all showing their support for both Foxes Academy and the Disability Confident Campaign.
Foxes Academy is a great organisation focused on equality that inspires young people to gain skills and confidence. To find out more about the fantastic work they do please visit their website –
For any organisations wanting to know more about the Disability Confident Campaign please watch the video below:
There are many ways to sell your product or service, whether that’s online, over the phone or face to face and you need to make sure you’re getting the right message across to your potential customers.
Although sometimes you may want to shy away from direct selling, it is extremely effective if you can engage them in your product. Selling and sales techniques can be found call over the internet and in various books. There is no set way to sell something though and it really does come down to you as a person and the way you interact with others. Some will choose a more pushy approach where ‘no’ will not be accepted where as others will be more laid back and let their personalities do the selling. It’s your business and therefore you choose the approach you want take.
A good way of thinking about your sales tactics is to picture the scenario if the roles were reversed. If someone approached you with this product what would grab your attention? Another approach is to think about what NOT to do. There are certain actions which can jeopardize your chances of making a sale and it would be best to avoid them.
As an alternative way of preparing your strategy we have made a quiz – where for the most part, we want you to think about the worst ways to sell and use this is a ground step for creating your sales pitch.
If you would like more information or are thinking about coming self-employed please get in touch on email@example.com or 0800 043 2440
You might be thinking about going into self-employment but don’t know whether to take the leap, well these facts might give you just the push you need!
4.6 million are working for themselves
The most common types of self-employment are:
- Taxi Driver/Chauffeur
- Cleaning Services
Just think of all the benefits!
We know that starting a business can be hard and sometimes you will encounter set backs. Having the motivation to carry
on with or begin your big idea can be tricky. Opportunity Plus are currently offering free Virtual Support to all residents of Devon and Somerset. The Southwest currently has the second highest number of self-employed workers in the UK. If you are looking to become part of that number or think we can help you then please visit our website.
Tel: 0800 043 2440