Community-based day activities and supports for people with learning disabilities

Key task 7 - Micro-enterprises

(summarised from the NDT website)

A small ('micro') business ('enterprise'). Each micro-enterprise is different, so the size, type of business and legal arrangements can vary a great deal. But there are some common characteristics:

The amount of income can vary depending on what each person want to achieve. Some people may be very happy if their micro-enterprise makes just enough, for example, to save up over a year and spend on a good summer holiday.

The amount of time they require can vary from a few days a year to full-time. They're designed to suit each person. Some people may want, for example, to run their businesses at events that only take place a few times a year. Micro-enterprises can't be viewed as an option that will necessarily provide an alternative weekday occupation.

The cost of starting a micro-enterprise doesn't need to be high. In fact, Rosimos and Smith recommend that people should never spend more than £300.

People with very high support needs can have micro-enterprises. If a business is set up in the right way, it can make an income with very little effort in return.

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