reply to post by VoidHawk
i feel for you and everyone else caught up in this system. after an industrial
accident in the late eighties, no-one would touch me with a barge pole with regards
to employment. my only option was go abroad and to lie (about injuries sustained) during
the interview process. i didn't feel good about doing it but it was my only option after
receiving the same old same old 'i'm sorry but you are a potential liability' from uk
being in the construction/security industry, i have seen and been offered incentives
to 'join the club' so to speak. a simple photocopy of the degree i worked for sent
to a certain organisation would have netted me £1000. nebosh courses i would be
able to claim £250 a day and i had the option of attending at least seven of these including
travel allowance. the offer of signing up to this gravy train was tempting, however i felt
that although this was above board and legitimate, to start down this path of easy revenue
streams, i'd probably forget i was running a business and lose focus of where i was.
as soon as i took apprentices on, bang! i was hit with expensive frontloaded insurances,levies
and taxes and to claw back some of these outgoings, i would have had to bury myself deeper into
this system. both lads i took on seemed ok for a week or so until the cracks started appearing.
i had plenty of work ahead, yet these lads started sleeping in, turning in hungover and stoned
etc.. things became difficult. when i caught one stealing from a client, instead of involving
the police, i offered the client compensation (lost approx £2500) and immediately sacked the culprit. i was then threatened
with litigation from the lad and his family as well as the apprentiship body. paperwork was
a nightmare. the other apprentice just couldn't get out of bed, was always on his mobile when
he should have been working and the attitude was pathetic. my business suffered and i took
offence at the fact i had gone without many things included drawing a wage myself in order to
keep this business afloat and give others an opportunity to shine. i had to let go of this other guy when he disappeared with the pie money
on a thursday and re-appeared the following friday asking for his wages! fool.
the best workers i have had are the ones who have been through the millstone of unemployment
and financial struggle and they have gone on to better things. still mates with them but financially poorer for
i continue to run my business (17 years now), assist my wife who is disabled, bring up my grandson full time shared and
assist two disabled friends sometimes on a daily basis.
regarding the option of self-employment/running a business, it is difficult initially due to
all the financial factors involved. i had saved up for a number of years to realise this.
in this climate, one has to be very flexible and also determined.
i wish you and everyone else in this pisspoor situation the very best.
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