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January 23 2012 2 23 /01 /January /2012 01:42

Chinese calligraphy - fook - fortune Today is the first day of Chinese New year - the year of the Dragon. Last few days I ve been busy sorting out other business although I've been at the stall.


It was also time for doing tax returns!


It is exciting and scary times for disabled people with proposed changes to benefits and the Welfare Reform Bill - as a disabled woman selling independent living products, I cannot but be involved and absorbed n the debates. I was also interviewed on the local radio as to what would the changes to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to the proposed Personal Independence Payment.(PIP) impact on me.  The changes would have a direct impact on my status as a self employed entrepreneur - without support I would find it difficult to maintain a working life. So I am a campaigner for disability rights!


Independent living does not mean able to do eveything on your own but having the support to have the choice and control over your life. And this is why I chose to deal with independent living products or life enhancing products as somebody else calls them. If I cannot pick things off the floor because I cannot reach, a grabber helps me do that. My wheelchair transports me to work because I cannot walk. My DLA helps me obtain that wheelchair. It is also my passport to other services such as concessionary bus and train fares and being able to pay for adapting my environment to my impairment. Life is so much more expensive when you re a disabled person.


But any independent living product is always at a premium price and there are not always the consumer choices out there. One reason why I am in this business is to guarantee a modicum of reasonable prices for my customers. But I am still learning how best to do this.


Profit is not always the main priority but as a Chinese there should always be a profit motive in business. But it was Paul from the  Best of Coventry who came and gave me some advice on display and sale ideas :-) So today we re going to re do the display at the stall.


So the year of the Dragon, may it bring everyone the fiery energy of a dragon, good fortune and prosperity wherever you are!

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