At Mable, we’re big on supporting small businesses and this month, we’re inviting you to watch a panel discussion featuring Mable CEO Peter Scutt, and other independent support workers, on establishing and growing your small business on the Mable platform.
In Queensland, May 2022 is celebrated as Queensland Small Business Month (QSBM). The theme for 2022 QSBM is Love your small business.
To support our community of Independent Support Workers we are hosting a free webinar on Monday, 14 It’s no secret that businesses have had a particularly tough time over the past two years. Hopefully now, as we begin to recover and the economy opens back up, small businesses can finally get back on their feet and discover new opportunities to grow and prosper.
To support our community of Independent Support Workers we hosted a free webinar recently.
Why attend the Mable Small Business Webinar?
The webinar is your chance to have your questions answered about what it takes to be successful as an independent support worker via the Mable platform.
- How do I get started?
- Where can I find tools and resources to grow my profile?
- How can I access free educational opportunities to upskill and to support my business?
Mable’s Co-Founder and CEO, Peter Scutt will share insights about small business and the role Mable is playing to fulfill critical workforce shortages across the Disability and Aged Care sectors. Former Australian Small Business & Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, will host a panel discussion with three Independent Support Workers from the Mable platform who will share their tips for success.
FREE TO YOU: Upskilling, ongoing education and access to support
Did you know that when you join Mable, you have access to quality training to help you grow and develop as an independent support worker? Being an active member of Mable’s community unlocks access to the online Learning Hub which features more than 140 courses by reputable organisations such as La Trobe University, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, NDS and Dementia Australia, all at no additional cost to you. To date, thousands of independent support workers on Mable have accessed the Learning Hub.
Popular course topics include:
- Hand Hygiene
- COVID-19 Infection Control Training
- The Role of the Disability Support Worker Under the NDIS
- Human Rights
- Person-Centered Practice
- Recognising Restrictive Practices
- Risk Management
- Supported Decision Making
- Fire Safety
- Learning Work Health and Safety in the Disability Sector
- Autism 101
- Supporting Older People to Maintain their Independence
What is a small business?
Small businesses play a significant role in the Australian economy, accounting for almost half of employment in the private non-financial sector and over a third of production.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) defines a small business as a business that employs less than 20 people. The ATO definition of a small business is one that has a turnover of under $10 million. Categories of small businesses include:
- Non-employing businesses (sole proprietorships and partnerships without employees).
- Micro-businesses (businesses employing between one and four people, including non‑employing businesses).
- Other small businesses (businesses that employ between five and 19 employees).
As of June 2019, there were more than 2.3 million small businesses in Australia.
Independent Support Workers on Mable must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and be registered as a non-employing business or a micro-business.
The importance of small business
Small businesses operate locally, are part of their community and are flexible and responsive. They can also be more creative in servicing niche markets. In addition, they’re highly motivated and typically operate with lower overheads.
Mable is enabling and supporting small businesses/sole traders to successfully enter and be part of a growing and rewarding care and support sector. Around 50 per cent of small business operators and sole traders who provide their services through Mable are new to the sector. Since 2014, the Mable platform has been growing steadily. It’s now a marketplace where over 10,000 active Independent Support Workers can find clients who need the services they provide.