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Isn’t it time to figure out what you’re going to do with your life?

Here’s what I can do –

  • Assess you for entrepreneurial aptitude – if you don’t have it, it’s much harder to succeed as an entrepreneur. Don’t waste your time or money – find out if you have what it takes.
  • Help you discover what kinds of work will make you happy – when you start your own business, you want to start with something you love, not something that makes you unhappy. Duh!
  • Teach you how to become self-employed – if you have aptitude, your next step is to learn how to create income from what you’re offering your customers.
  • Help you launch your own small business – If you have a product or service, I can teach you how to sell it.

How can you get started with me? Simple – send me an email.

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Informal results of a BPD employment survey

The DepressionsForums.org has a thread on employment including the results of an informal survey they shared with members of that group. The thread is here – http://www.depressionforums.org/forums/topic/48340-bpd-full-time-jobs/

BPD and jobs survey
BPD and jobs survey

Almost half of the 60 people surveyed do not work.

This is not surprising – there are other posts online that talk about the frustrating cycle experienced by many people with BPD of getting a job, and then losing it or quitting.  The thread linked below at PsychCentral.com – http://forums.psychcentral.com/borderline-personality-disorder/383813-working.html shows just how frustrating and, depressing and defeating work and employment issues are for people with BPD.

I believe we can do better than 50% employed.  By shifting our focus and purpose to helping you start a small business or become self-employed we get past your ‘past’.

Regular employment for people with BPD is difficult

Here’s the results of a literature review on studies done about people with Borderline Personality Disorder and employment. The researchers, the Randy and Lori Sansone, both MDs, looked at “11 viable studies, published between the years 1983 and 2010”.

They go on to conclude (my bolding):

“While there are a number of general outcome studies in the area of BPD, few adequately address employment outcomes in these challenging patients. Through a literature search of the PubMed and PsycINFO databases, we were able to locate 11 viable studies after implementing practical exclusion criteria. As expected, these studies vary in sample sizes, initial recruitment sites, comparison groups (when applicable), and work-outcome variables. As a result, generalizations about patient outcomes are difficult to ascertain. In very general terms, current data suggest that approximately half of patients with BPD are unemployed at follow-up, and of those who are employed, only a portion are self-sufficient. Likewise, a substantial percentage of patients subsist on disability. On a positive note, however, some studies indicate modest improvements in occupational outcome over time, and one study found dramatic improvements with the implementation of specific programming that addressed re-entry into the workforce or school. These latter types of programs warrant further investigation, as remission from symptoms, if authentic, should correlate with positive employment outcomes.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3472897/

I provide one on one coaching to help you decide if you have what it takes to start your own business or become self-employed. Being your own boss can be challenging, but I think it’s a more viable option for people with BPD than traditional work where you have a boss and co-workers.

Contact me if you’re interested in learning more.

About Me

Hi, I’m Susan and I’m here to be helpful to you!

For a few years now I’ve been holding classes and workshops for vulnerable populations to help attendees get and keep a traditional job, but also how to become self-employed or start up a small business. In Philadelphia, I’ve worked my unique program for the US Probation Service, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and shelters for victims of human trafficking and abuse.

I’m a serial entrepreneur who mixes periods of traditional employment with entrepreneurial adventure, sometimes doing both together.  So far, I’ve started up 9 businesses in 2 countries, mostly sole proprietor operations, but I have owned a restaurant with employees.

If you have trouble keeping a job, or difficulty getting a job in the first place and want to check out a new approach that might help you, simply email me. I’m sure I can provide you important information about yourself that will help you with employment issues.