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The Hardback Story


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, not only to myself, but hopefully to you too. 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 a given 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 and 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 my present and future work potential.

Brian Martin


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