Starting a Business When You Are Disabled – Elchonon Hellinger
This is one interesting and very motivating story about a business started from scratch by a guy, whose passion and desire overcame the health problems he has had since he was 2. He didn’t have an easy and careless childhood, what many of us had, but this was not an obstacle for him at all to succeed online. It was not easy at all, but he never gave up, and now his efforts has started paying off big time. This is the story of www.thriftycomputer.com and its manager and founder – Elchonon Hellinger. He and his brother has proved that there is no hindrance, that can not be surmounted buy human mind and desire. They has even beaten up the financial crisis and now they enjoy a nice and growing business, that is there to stay…
Elchonon Hellinger is no stranger to overcoming adversity. At the age of two he developed tumors that resulted in a diagnosis of Neurofibromatosis Type II (NF2), a debilitating disease of the central nervous system. He has worn a brace on one foot since he was five. He had spinal surgery at 12 that left him without the use of his right hand, so he learned to use his left. Growing up was painful, due in part to the teasing of other children. Twenty operations later, at age 19 he found himself totally deaf and depressed. He had intended to study law before health problems intervened.
Hoping to rekindle his ambition, his mother suggested that he try developing an online career. He found some suppliers, began selling computer and phone accessories on eBay, developed his own website and his company, www.thriftycomputer.com, took off. In his early 20s, and heading a company with sales approaching $900,000, Elchonon was on his way to success as an online entrepreneur when a series of setbacks caused him to retrench. Problems with partners, products, merchant accounts, suppliers, even utilities, sent his fledgling company into a financial tailspin. He thought of declaring bankruptcy, but instead Elchonon chose to retain his company, split from his partners and personally pay off a mounting debt that was nearing $60,000. Eventually he was forced to move back home, share space with his five siblings and start over.
“Thriftycomputer became much bigger than just a company or a name to me. It’s a dream, an idea. I wanted to build a great company to offer customers the quality of service that I myself hope to receive,” says Elchonon. “We try to put ourselves in the customers’ shoes, as consumers, as people who want to buy something. It’s not just about making money, but building with the customers and building a business to last.”