Mark’s Story When an accident forced him out of a job, Mark turned to Self-Employment Services to help transition his part-time business into a full-time career.

Mark’s Story

As a truck driver for many years, Mark was injured in an accident that left him with nerve damage and an ankle injury that made it impossible to push the truck’s clutch or to sit for long periods of time. After the accident, he was unable to work for two years.

While truck driving, Mark had also run a small, part-time used car dealership on the side. After his recovery, he decided to train as an auto mechanic and make his used car dealership a full-time business. While he had some business knowledge, he needed help to make the transition. “I had no idea what I needed for a business plan,” he said.

To get the assistance he needed, Mark met with a Self-Employment Services specialist from Easterseals Wisconsin. The specialist did an assessment and feasibility study to determine if the business could work and then walked Mark through the process of developing a full business plan. “The Self-Employment Services specialist gave me an outline and a lot of resources. She guided me through the process, helping with research and obtaining information I needed.”

Mark successfully launched his business and is currently looking for a shop for expansion. “Thanks to Easterseals Wisconsin, I have my business up and running,” he says, “and I’m looking forward to a successful future.”