How to Start a Small Business With a Disability
Most folks with disabilities are usually not well represented and not fully utilized in a work environment – disable people tend to experience higher rates of unemployment than the able ones, even though most people with disabilities are able and zealous to work. The only solution for people with disabilities who are fighting to secure the right job or the right environment to work is to begin a business. By starting up a small business, most people with a disability have the opportunity and can generate and manage their own income without limitations and discrimination from general public. one amazing thing is that with all the powerful online tools that are available to small business everywhere today, being physically challenged people are not as important as they were before in rating how productive and profitable your business grows as the owner provided you are eager and have a zealous mind set, people with disabilities have what it takes to reach the peak and also become a successful entrepreneur.
There are also some significant resources available for people with disabilities who want to start a business. Even if you have not been able to land a traditional job or are feeling excluded from the workforce, there are ways to get help to launch a successful business.
Here are a few tips and insights to help people with disabilities start a small business:
Consider a Home-Based Business
One of the biggest obstacles for people with disabilities is transportation and mobility barriers. Too many employers lack adequate accommodations for people with disabilities, so as a result, you might be better off trying to start a business out of your own home. Fortunately there are a variety of ways to do this, and you can use online marketing to connect with customers. For example, if you love to make crafts or jewelry or personal care products, you could start a home-based business and sell your wares on Etsy or Amazon, and promote your business on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. (The founder of SHEA CHIC Boutique, a shea butter personal care products company, got inspired to start her business when she was recovering at home from a severe back injury and was unable to work at a traditional job.) If you have online work skills, you can use those same skills as a home-based consultant, for example, as a freelance writer, graphic designer or web developer. If you love to shop and have a knack for finding great deals on certain products, you could start a home-based Amazon retail business – and with Fulfillment By Amazon, you don’t even need to worry about storing or shipping your own inventory.
Look for Special Financing
People with disabilities might qualify for special loans and grants for entrepreneurs with disabilities. Check out the list on the SBA website to see which programs you might be a good fit for, depending on the state where you live. But be sure to read the fine print – some loan programs are only intended for existing businesses. If you are starting a new business, you might need to find a special loan or grant program that includes start-ups as well as existing companies.
Get Help Online
Disability.gov is a federal government website with a variety of resources and advice articles specifically for entrepreneurs with disabilities. This site can help you think through every stage of the process of starting your business – from writing a business plan to designing your business website to finding a business mentor.
Another source of help for small business owners – whether or not they have a disability – is SCORE. SCORE is a great program that connects small business owners with mentors who help them build their business – with hands-on advice and practical help every step of the way. You can access live webinars and online mentoring sessions no matter where you live, and there are local events and workshops in communities throughout the country, depending on which city you live in.
One of the great aspects of living in the 21st century with online technology is that having a disability no longer needs to hold people back from starting a business. Even if you have some mobility issues, health problems or other physical limitations that might have made it hard to be accepted in the traditional workplace, the sky’s the limit with what you can do by starting your own business. Lots of organizations and programs are dedicated to helping people with disabilities get the extra help or advice or funding that they might need to get their business launched. It’s still never “easy” to start a business, but it’s possible today – for more people – than ever before.