Due to a learning disability, some things are harder than others for Charlie to grasp. He surprised his CBTAC, Karen Rankin-Magee, by embracing the bookkeeping process, not just to learn it, but to master it. After months of his learning, one of her proud moments was calling him to do his sales tax report and finding he had already completed and filed it.
Charlie reports that the biggest thing he learned is perseverance through hard work and being able to put his mind to the task. He found Mrs. Rankin-Magee to be "awesome," in providing all the tools to succeed in his business.
As many do, Charlie struggled with the sales process; with mentoring assistance, he worked on talking with people, asking for the sale and handling different situations. His business growth attests to his mastery of salesmanship.
Charlie's VR Counselor, Johanna Gonzalez, reports that Charlie was her first completed VR self-employment case. She feels that Charlie benefits from his hard work to become organized, and using his natural personality to be self-motivated.
A plus for him was that, as he had previously worked with another counselor, all vendor contacts had been set up by the CBTAC, making his business implementation much easier.
Ms. Gonzalez has seen Charlie mature as a business person in being able to prioritize and to organize activities. Because of the completeness of the business planning process, she believes Charlie will be successful in his field.
Angie Woolford, Charlie's mother, was impressed with Mrs. Rankin-Magee's ability to allow Charlie to be in charge of his process, and also with her son's ability to hold his own in adult conversations. For her, the biggest "take-away" was that, with the CBTAC's coverage of all aspects of business, Charlie excelled not only at his photo shoots, but also at bookkeeping and at being part of professional associations. The whole process was very professionally done, the client was respected by all and Charlie's new confidence is very impressive.
Charlie completed the VR program in October, 2012 and feels good about having his own business and being successful. Along with his mother, his counselor and his CBTAC, Charlie feels rightfully proud of his accomplishments.