From ideas to a business: A beginner's guide to EntrepreneurshipBy Ashley Taylor -
Starting Your Own Business: A Solution for Those with Disabilities
There are several reasons why a person living with a disability should consider starting their own small business. Corporate structures are typically rigid and unaccommodating to the needs of the disabled. When you are in charge of your own company, you don’t have to work around another person’s rules. You can make your own schedule, work where you are comfortable and create an inclusive atmosphere that encourages your overall success.
With hard work and perseverance, you can create the kind of career of which you have always dreamed. Great business owners often have various traits in common:
- Positive Attitude
Does this sound like you? Read on for more inspiration for starting your own small business.
Virtual Personal Assistance
If you have a computer, a reliable Internet connection and an uncanny knack for organizing other people’s lives, you are a perfect candidate to become a virtual personal assistant -- also known as a VA. Virtual assistants help businesses out with everything from social media management to research for project development. Not only do you work from the comfort of your own home, but also as a virtual assistant you can take on multiple clients in order to maximize profits.
If you are a maker or simply passionate about a range of products, you can connect to markets all over the world with a well-designed e-commerce store. Nowadays it is easier to set up your own online shop with the help of web platforms such as Wix and Squarespace. You can also consider starting your shop through a site like Etsy or Ebay. They may take a share of the profits, but these sites connect you to an audience that already uses their search engines to find what they want to buy.
If your ideal job involves spending your day doing arts and crafts and heating up chicken nuggets this is the job for you. As long as people have children, there will be a market for responsible adults that are willing to watch them when their parents are unable. Starting your own childcare business works for those with a love for kids and plenty of patience. A word of advice: If you want to open your own daycare facility, your state has its own laws and regulations you must follow in order to do so. On the other hand, babysitting in other people’s homes requires less bureaucratic finagling, but it’s not necessarily as profitable.
Funding Your Small Business
Coming up with an idea for a small business is the easy part. The more difficult aspect is finding the funding to start pursuing your dream. Luckily, there are plenty of government incentives and programs for people with disabilities who are looking to strike out on their own. Landing a disability grant takes a fair share of hard work, but with a detailed business plan and a well-written proposal, agencies will work with you to get the money you need. Check out your state’s Department of Labor or Commerce and the resources they provide especially for those with a disability. With the right amount of work and research, you can establish a financially stable company that doesn’t have to worry about paying back high interest loans.