Brian Martin 
Hardback Yoyo

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When I was 18 years old, with graduation just around the corner, I was in need of a job! My family and friends (old and new) gathered to form a team of support. Together they helped me launch a customized business that would create a line of products that are appreciated by people like you. My passion for books and keeping the earth a great place for all of us to live has inspired me to create an eco-friendly business; springing old books into a new purpose. I make writing journals and other items from discarded media. The journals are all once-loved books that have been given a new life. We use only recycled materials in our packaging and thermal-printed shipping labels. We call this a microenterprise because I am the entrepreneur of this small business. I have a form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome, and a customized job is always the best way for me to accentuate my strengths. At HardbackYoYo, we are committed to environmental well-being, and a sustainable future.

 

I am proud to report that I have been running my own business for over a decade now. Just like many self-employed business owners, I rely on the help and support of others. It makes working more fun and I get advice and input from a variety of people. My product list is growing and you can find my items at local fairs, conventions, expos, and in my Etsy shop. Most importantly, with the help of a Social Security PASS, I am making an income! Just like other employed business people, I am paying taxes and receiving benefits. I feel like I am contributing to my own wellbeing as well as to my future work potential.