Thursday, 10 April 2014

Building a business from Awesome Autism

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Autism has been Theresa Homziak's passion since her son was diagnosed. Being based in Rockhampton, getting the resources and products her family needs hasn't always been easy. But Theresa's found an opportunity in that isolation and set up business for herself, as Awesome Autism Resources.

Theresa says there is an unmet need in central Queensland for autism-related products and resources. “Not only have I been on the other end of this, but have been commended for filling this need in town,” she says. “For families just starting their journey, it is so daunting.”

Theresa's stock includes protective iPad cases, chew and fidget toys and earmuffs. She's also testing and adding new lines all the time – like silicone finger toothbrushes, the next product in the works. “I spend a lot of time researching products and finding the best suppliers so I can keep the costs down and still provide awesome products.”

At this stage, most of Awesome Autism Resources' stock is aimed at children – although some adults on the spectrum find fidgets toys just as valuable as kids do, and a good sturdy case for a delicate electronic device is a sensible investment for all ages. As business builds up, Theresa plans to stock more products aimed at adults, as well as branching out into books and visuals.

 Theresa also offers a unique advisory service: if you're struggling with an issue and don't know how to fix it or what would help, she'll do the research and liaise with specialists to find you an answer. Then, she'll come back to you with a list of resources and tools that could help, with prices that include a small commission for her legwork and research.

For more information:

Awesome Autism Resources website

Awesome Autism Resources on Facebook