In tough economic times, some of the hardest hit financially are seniors on fixed incomes. Some savvy seniors on scooters have managed to supplement their incomes, and you can too with a little imagination and some entrepreneurial spirit. In defiance of their disabilities, two enterprising individuals scoot undaunted in their daily routine to ride out recession.
Larry, a diabetic amputee uses his scooter as a “Mobile Billboard” and brochure delivery vehicle for local vendors, health clubs and political parties.
“I scooter all over the city delivering Pizza Zone Menus to the local hotels and motels. I have free pizza for life. Politicians approach me during election times to carry candidate placards on the back of my scooter. I keep candidate names and faces constantly in the public eye. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. I also promote the local squash club, do meet and greet at the Fairfield New Horizons Senior’s Center. I solicit businesses for charitable donations of dollars and door prizes for church functions and community service organizations. There are all sorts of businesses that would appreciate cheap and effective mobile advertising. All you have to do is ask.”
When one thinks about it, Larry is right. Realtors, restaurants, retailers, and tourist attractions all need to get their service messages out there in a cost efficient manner. It is a “Win/ Win” situation for Larry, Business and the Community. He receives cash, free food, and gift incentives. Businesses do a good turn for a disabled senior while enhancing company revenue potential through scooter advertising.
Ross is a different kind of entrepreneur. Even though a drop-in center resident, he manages to fund his personal electric mobility needs, and supplement his income, by salvaging recyclable beverage containers. Although his right arm is disabled by stroke, with the help of his scooter, he can continue to live independently. Ross is a colourful character, and perhaps recycling cans isn’t for everybody, but no one can refute the obvious financial success that affords him the luxury of a new Shoprider scooter every twelve to eighteen months.
The fellows at Canada Scooters brainstormed a few scooter occupations that we thought were quite doable, and invite your feedback. There are lots of scooter-bound skilled individuals and retirees that can perform business services for cash or perks…much needed services in fact. For example, perhaps you were a professional plumber. You may not be able to climb under a sink anymore, but you could certainly change a tap washer on a kitchen faucet. Maybe you were a dry-wall installer that can’t hang and tape wallboard anymore, but without a doubt you could still patch a wall. And what about these occupations: electrician, carpenter, bookkeeper, handyman, appliance repairman, tax preparer, newspaper / flyer delivery, prescription delivery, pet transport, restaurant and business promoter, hair stylist?
We at Canada Scooters can design and build custom scooter accessories to help you launch and advertise your scooter-based business. Toolbox carriers, file-tote carriers, pet carriers, placard holders, lock boxes, hitches and trailers etc.
If you have an innovative mobile business idea, or know of someone who is supplementing their income by scooter, we would love to share your response.
It’s not always easy to make ends meet in the best of times, especially when faced with mobility challenges. But there are disabled among us who stand as an inspiration to us all, and can run with the best of them when it comes to determination and entrepreneurial spirit.