Starting a business can be one of the greatest
joys of modern life. With how the
Internet has connected people across the world, in all kinds of different
situations, it is now possible for people who would formerly have been unable
to operate a business to get a fulfilling, successful small business up and
running. If you’re a parent with
disabilities who would like to start a business of your own, here are some ways
you can get started.
started as an entrepreneur at home
Traditionally, one of the biggest roadblocks
on the path to getting a job for people with disabilities has been the issue of
transportation. This is one of the reasons why people with
disabilities are among the most underrepresented groups of people in the
overall workforce. However, with the
advent of the information age and its accompanying laptops and smartphones, it
is easier than ever to work from any location.
able to work from home means that you are no longer limited by your ability to
acquire regular transportation and, if you are a parent, you can spend more
time with your children throughout the day.
If you are trained in marketing, business management, or another similar
skill set, you can work as a consultant for various
businesses. Similarly, you could also
utilize your existing knowledge of programs including Photoshop, InDesign and
Final Cut to work as a freelance graphic designer, marketer, or editor. (The best part is that if you need a quick
refresher, lessons and tutorials are only several clicks away.) If you enjoy spending time with animals, you
could start a dog
walking business, or, if you have enough room in your
house, you could become a dog
the complicated world of business ownership
One of the more difficult things about
becoming a business owner is the first step - getting started. Particularly when you are first making the
jump into entrepreneurship, the need to acquire clients can seem like a
massive, looming pressure point.
Thankfully, many sites exist that can help you navigate the sometimes
complicated world of business ownership.
Some government websites offer advice, tips, and strategies specifically
for disabled business owners; others like SCORE provide you with a personally
invested business mentor to help you build
your business from the ground up. You
can also do a great deal of initial marketing on your own; it’s easy to create
a website through different user-friendly sites that offer pre-constructed templates,
while social media websites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can help
you get the word out about your business.
deal with the expenses of owning a business
When you are first starting a business, as
when you are running it each day, expenses will arise. These can be range from the cost of a DBA or
the monthly payment on a website or domain to the time cost of developing your
own logo. To help with the monetary
side, you may wish to research grants and funding
opportunities. The federal government
offers a number of grants to organizations at the state level that help people
with disabilities. Ticket to Work, for
instance, works with the Social Security Administration to provide assistance to disabled
entrepreneurs. There are also numerous
grants available for disabled women, veterans and professionals in various
fields of work.
Starting your own business means you are no
longer letting your disability control your life. Not only can working for yourself give you more
time with your children and family, it can also help you develop a positive outlook on life, thanks to
your renewed sense of self sufficiency.
Overcoming your disability and becoming successful at a career you’re
passionate about helps to keep you determined, which is a critical trait in an
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