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Making a living on disability

Around mid November I sent a letter to Marianne Hunter, to which she
replied, suggesting also I forward my request to the list. I’m not
forwarding the exact email I sent her, but asking a similar question
of the list.

I am on disability and looking to remove myself from the need for it.
I am capable of hard work/willing to work hard; I know this is work I
can do. There are people who help in the process of becoming a
functioning member of society after disabling condition impinges on
one’s life (creating a bench to accommodate physical needs,
chair/stool to need, etc.), and I am looking to the lists I am a part
of for on everyone’s business. More precisely, I’m hoping
to hear from people who have been/are successful in a jewelry
business. Anything that is an example of jewelry businesses
succeeding would help with the application for aid process. Any
advice or recommendations are all appreciated.

I do have a jewelry business, and we have made some money. However,
the process involved requires me to show that this type of business
can be successful and not a hobby that might pay. I know there was a
topic about this, but I’m hoping for people to offer things
specifically to show/share how their business has been/is successful.

Anyone willing to help, I greatly appreciate this. Anyone not
willing, I understand your reluctance.

Thank you again,
Kim Paluch

the process involved requires me to show that this type of business
canbe successful and not a hobby that might pay. It sounds like you
are dealing with Workman’s Compensation. From my experience with
them, what you need is an advocate. It is almost (ifnot totally)
impossible to break through their regulations and mind-set
withoutsomeone with authority standing up for your position. Without
spending a lot of time on the specifics of mysituation, let me just
say that without the help of a professional company thatacts as an
intermediary between you and the Comp. Board, you are not likely
tosucceed. Although, in the Board’s defense, while I was taking
classes injewelry making at…, I saw a fairly high percentage of
"students" that werethere simply going through the motions so that
they could get their ticketpunchedto enable them to stay in the
program and avoid having to get a job. I successfully completed my
training, acquired a beginningset of equipment with the comp. award
and began what became Bonny DoonEngineering. While I hated how I got
to where I settled, I feel that I came outsmelling like a rose. The
crafts/jewelry field has the most dedicated, friendlyfolks in the
world. I was asked “How large is your customer base?” and Ireplied “I
don’t know, but my friend base is enormous.” Since selling
thebusiness and semi-retiring, I found that I couldn’t stay away. You
might have to interview several companies beforeyou find the right

Lee Marshallk