Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a Business Coach?

IWORK4ME’s Business Coaches are individuals who have a background in business and life coaching. They have personal experience of being successfully self-employed. The team has an in-depth knowledge of the challenges faced by people with ASC and has been working with clients since 2012 when IWORK4ME services went live.

2. How will self-employment affect my State Benefits?

IWORK4ME can arrange an appointment for you with an agency which specialises in advising people about benefit changes.

3. Do I have to pay for services?

No – there is no charge for our services. We regret we are unable to re-imburse you for travel expenses incurred in attending meetings

4. My idea business idea is quite unusual. What will business coaches say?

Over the years we have advised people with interests ranging from snakebreeding to jewellery making. We will offer advice based on your interests, skills and commitment. Please note we will discourage you from embarking on a business venture which is illegal or simply not viable.

5. I have more than one idea, is that OK?

In your early meetings, we will help you prioritise which of your ideas to proceed with first. We do this by considering (with you) your interests, your past employment history, your current financial situation and your support network.

6. Can a carer, family member or friend attend with me?

Yes – we actively encourage you to bring along anybody you wish to bring to make you feel more comfortable at our meetings.

7. Where will meetings take place?

Meetings are attended by people from all over Scotland. They take place at Autism Initiatives Offices at 11 Granton Square, Edinburgh EH5 1HX which is on a main bus route (no. 16 from Leith Walk) and has plenty of free parking in adjacent streets.

8. How long will meetings last?

Typically a meeting will last for 45 minutes to an hour and meetings usually take place every six weeks, dependent upon the needs of the client.

9. Is it possible to conduct meetings via Skype or telephone or receive support by email only?

No. It is our experience that the act of attending a face to face meeting is motivational for clients and enables them to ‘buy into’ the coaching process and thereby move forward towards success at a pace that suits them.

10. Does your team have first hand knowledge of self-employment?

Yes, our Business Coaches have extensive personal experience of self-employment.

11. Can you provide funding for my project?

No, IWORK4ME offers no direct funding support, however we may be able to signpost you to potential sources of funding, but please note, these sources are regularly oversubscribed.

12. Does support cease after my business is launched?

No – This is a unique service, because IWORK4ME has identified how important it is for clients to have ongoing support both during set up and beyond, clients will retain support from IWORK4ME for as long as is needed. We recognise that after business launch and as a client’s self confidence grows it is likely that the need for support will diminish.