This post is by guest columnist Patrick Young, an educator and activist.
He believes people with disabilities must live within a unique set of circumstances – the outside world often either underestimates them or ignores their needs altogether.
Patrick created AbleUSA to offer helpful resources to people with disabilities and to provide advice on navigating various aspects of life as a person with disabilities. I believe many of the points he makes are also relevant in many countries besides the US.
Despite having a disability, you keep beating the odds again and again. You’ve created financial stability for yourself and your family. Now you’re ready to broaden horizons and add an additional stream of income. Like everyone else, you’ve heard talk about how the gig-based economy is revolutionising the way people do business and live their lives and you’re ready to get in.
When starting your own small business, the sky is truly the limit. There is a wide array of possible small jobs you can take up on your own, anywhere from commercializing your hobbies online to selling real estate in your local neighborhood.
Whatever you choose to do, you need to know the ins and outs of starting your own business, and the best ways to balance a small business with your other priorities in life. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.
Know what resources you have at your disposal
It would be foolish to overlook the many different public and private resources you have at your disposal. Living with disabilities isn’t easy, but there are a number of ways you can qualify for grants and other forms of funding to help get your small business up and running.
Look into what you have available and see which opportunities are the best for your individual needs. When it comes to starting a business, it’s good to have additional capital at your disposal.
Aside from funding, you should also look for any kind of pre-existing platform to help get your small business up and running. For instance, if you are looking to sell something, it might be easier to go through an online site that caters to your particular market.
How to get started in the gig economy
When just getting started, it’s important to keep your expectations modest. It’s impractical to think that you’ll create a Fortune 500 company overnight. Instead, set small attainable goals for yourself, and create just enough work for yourself so that you can get a taste for the life of a small business owner without immediately overburdening yourself.
You still have a family to watch over, and trying something for the first time is bound to throw a few curveballs your way, so limit your output and see where the business goes from there.
The key to working in a busy household
When balancing work with family, it’s easy for lines to get blurred.
When you decide to start your small business from home, you probably do so for the sake of convenience. However, sometimes, things can quickly digress into confusion.
The key to managing a small business from home is keeping your business separate, neat and diligently organised. Find an area of your home that is spacious, easily accessible and quiet. Then, convert it into your own personalizsd workspace to maximize organisation and efficiency.
These are just a few tips to get your small business up and running. Just remember that when trying something for the first time, it can take a while to get the hang of things. No matter what challenges you face along the way, you are a strong independent and capable individual who can overcome anything.
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50shadesofsun.com is the personal website of Ian Franks, a freelance medical writer and editor for various health information sites. He enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor in the print media. He gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. Ian received a diagnosis of MS in 2002 and now lives in the south of Spain. He uses a wheelchair and advocates on mobility and accessibility issues.
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