In the workplace, people with disabilities are often underrepresented and undervalued. Even though many people with disabilities are able and willing to work, they appear to experience higher rates of unemployment than the general population. Starting a business is one option for people with disabilities who are struggling to find the right career or the correct work environment. Not only that, but many who go on to seek disability benefits are denied them initially, necessitating the help of the San Diego Disability Law Group.
By starting a small business, without the constraints and possible unfair decisions of a typical occupation, anyone with a disability has the tendency to create their own income. The great thing is that physical limitations are less important than ever before in assessing your effectiveness and profitability as a business owner, with all the strong online small business resources that are available today. As long as they have an enthusiastic attitude, disabled entrepreneurs have the potential to be successful.
Here, we look at some things to make starting up a business when you have a disability a viable goal for you.
Consider working from home
For many disabled people, the biggest hurdles are transportation and ways of getting around. While legally, employees have to make adaptions to their business where possible to allow disabled people to access the workplace, it is still often less than adequate. As a result, setting up a business where you are able to work from home – which may be already set up and adapted for your needs – may be a good option. Fortunately, these days, with online marketing and communication, it is easier than ever to set up and run a business from the comfort of your own home.
See if you’re entitled to any funding
There may be funding available for people with disabilities looking to start up a business. The SBA has a list of programs, grants and loans, so it is worth checking on there to see if there is anything that you may be entitled to. Read the terms and conditions carefully though as some are just for existing businesses – you need to ensure the one you go for covers new businesses as well.
Have a solid business plan
Regardless of the type of business you intend on starting, a solid business plan is essential. Not only will this make your business look more attractive to investors, but it lays out your business goals and helps you to familiarise yourself with the challenges that you may face in setting up and running a business.
Technology means that a disability no longer needs to be an obstacle towards starting up a business. Limitations, in wherever form they come, may stop you from being able to access or be accepted into some traditional workplaces, but when it comes to your own business, the sky really is the limit. It will not be easy; starting a business never is, but it is much more in reach than it ever has been for most people.