The NDIS is yet to reach 300,000 Australians living with a disability. This means that between now and 2020, thousands of disability support worker jobs will be created and more awareness will be raised for those living with a disability. If you are looking to become an independent support worker, the NDIS is set to provide some fantastic opportunities to build a business. Here’s how you can get started learning more about the Scheme and what it could mean for professionals like you.
On Better Caring, we want support workers on our platform to expand their services and see their small businesses flourish. Here’s how you can kickstart your business and receive one-on-one business advice – for free.
For a quick overview of the NDIS, click here.
Get started with Business Connect
Business Connect is a NSW State Government initiative that provides business advice and fosters skill training for those running small businesses. Business Connect offers support through 11 independent regional and metropolitan providers across the country – meaning you can access business support wherever you are.
Business Connect fosters a range of workshops in rural and metropolitan areas which cover everything from digital marketing for your business to adapting a business to work within the NDIS. You can find all upcoming classes in NSW here.
Business Connect also offers ongoing small business support by connecting you with a business advisor – you can register here.
Attend an NDIS workshop near you
Jacquie Tewes, a Business Advisor at the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (SRBEC), provides advice to small business entrepreneurs within the NDIS: “Attending our workshops means independent support workers are getting the opportunity to learn more about the NDIS, their business landscape and how they can market themselves. It also helps them forge business connections and creates opportunities to network with service providers and health professionals.”
If you’re based in the Southern Region of NSW, you can contact Jacquie at email@example.com for personalised NDIS business advice.
Elise Harrington, an NDIS-registered health professional, attended SRBEC’s workshops in her local area and found it invaluable in creating industry connections and helping her understand the NDIS. “I attended the NDIS workshop to connect with agencies, groups and individuals who are servicing the Eurobodalla region [on the NSW South Coast]. It was wonderful to meet other providers and build connections that will help to improve services to the community.”
There are a number of short classes across the Southern Region of NSW that are hosted by the SRBEC:
NDIS: Adapting Your Business is a 2-hour workshop that covers the history of the NDIS, how NDIS funding is managed and how clients can receive NDIS funding. It highlights how businesses can adapt to work with the NDIS and how workers can start thinking innovatively to support clients. This workshop costs $25 per person.
NDIS: Marketing Your Value will give you the right advice to help you stand out in the crowd. This 2-hour workshop will help attendees define their target market, discover new funding options and provide information on disabilities.
NDIS: Being Profitable will help attendees discover how much their services are worth, what your profit is and how you can build a sustainable, personal business through the NDIS and platforms like Better Caring. This 2-hour workshop costs $25 per person.
The SRBEC offers a free 4-hour business support session following each workshop – these can be organised with a Business Advisor on the day of the workshop.
You can find out more about these courses here. If these workshops aren’t coming to a location near you, there are state-wide business advisory centres for Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory which offer similar services.
What about tax and Superannuation?
If you’re a support worker on Better Caring, you are an independent support provider, meaning you’ll need to take control of your tax and super. Take a look at our article, Managing your tax and super for more information.
Note: The above information should not be considered legal, accounting or tax advice. We recommend you speak with an accountant or tax advisor or your financial advisor and we expressly disclaim any responsibility for any action taken or not taken based on this information.
Better Caring allows you to set yourself up as an independent support worker by letting you set rates, schedule shifts and directly connect with clients. If being your own boss sounds like the right job for you, sign up to Better Caring as a support worker today.