Starting a small business has many benefits, including setting your own hours and being your own boss. But it can be a lot of work, and for people who are new to business ownership, the demands in the beginning can be overwhelming. When you’re living with a disability, you have the added pressure of finding a business that will accommodate you and your needs, which isn’t always easy.
There’s a lot to unpack, but you can start by getting organized. Make lists of things you need to accomplish to meet your goals, people who can help you along the way, and ideas on the best type of business for you. Do some research to find out what type of business your community is lacking, and if there’s one similar to what you’re interested in, find out what their business model is, what sort of hours they keep, who their customer base is, and what sort of social media presence they have.
After that, it’s time to get to work! Here are a few tips on how to get started.
What type of business is right for you?
There are several factors that go into deciding on a business. If you have limited mobility, you might consider a job that would allow you to work from home. This could open up several paths that involve activities you enjoy doing, meaning you could turn your hobby into a career. Many people have done this in recent years, and with the introduction of websites such as Etsy, you can run your company from the comfort of your own home with limited assistance.
Make out a business plan
This is one of the trickier aspects of becoming an entrepreneur, because it involves looking into the future. You’ll need to do some homework in order to figure out what type of growth you can expect in the market and create a financial plan. If you need funding for your business, you’ll have to consider looking for investors or securing a loan.
It’s important to take your current financial status into consideration. Remember that you may not make a profit for several months (or even years) after you start your business due to startup costs, so you’ll need to have some savings to help get you through this time. In addition, depending on the nature of your disability, you may qualify for grants.
Think outside the box
You don’t have to start your own business to become an entrepreneur; working for yourself comes in all shapes and sizes. For instance, many real estate agents are self-employed contractors, meaning they set their own hours and only take the jobs they want. It’s the kind of job that would allow you to stay social, allow you to help others, and give you financial security without the need for a big investment.
Becoming self-employed is a big jump, and it requires quite a bit of discipline and help from your friends and loved ones. Garner support once you know what it is you want to do, and talk to the people in your life about how they can assist you in meeting your goals. They might help with research, or they may be able to get you started with a web presence.
Starting a business often comes with a lot of frustration, regardless of your physical ability. The best way to get on track and stay the course is to have a solid plan as well as the support of your loved ones.
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