by Lisa Christopher, EC-Road Rules
My business, EC-Road Rules, provides specialized tutoring to help adults get their driver's learner's permit. I recognize that some people have difficulty reading the driver’s manual and are unable to pass the test for a learner's permit. At the same time, some individuals are easily distracted in a classroom setting, while others find learning in a group setting intimidating. All of these people would be more successful with one-on-one tutoring. I provide tutoring to people with low or no literacy skills.
I am based in Medford, Oregon and entered self-employment after acquiring a sudden illness, named Sjogren’s syndrome, in May of 2006. Sjogren’s is an autoimmune disease, more commonly known as dry eye, dry mouth. In my case, Sjogren’s had a radical effect on my central nervous system and my mobility was impaired. I had very little control of my arms and hands and I could no longer walk. I was released from the hospital(s) three months later and began adjusting to my new life.
I decided it was time to get back to work in February 2008 and I worked with the office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS) to reach my self-employment goals. OVRS helped me with the purchase of a new computer that would be compatible with a voice recognition program. As a result, I was able to develop my business plan, design my business cards and my brochure. My counselor was instrumental in offering honest feedback on the first rough draft(s) of my business plan. (Just be open when your counselor gives a big “thumbs down” to the name of your business and you have to think of a new one!) I also took advantage of the Small Business Development Center to review and approve my final draft of the business plan. They offered useful advice to improve my business plan. I would recommend to anyone to use the resources that are out there.