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When you live with disabilities, balancing your needs with your parental responsibilities can be complex. Small business ownership can help you earn an income and pursue your career goals while giving you the flexibility to care for yourself and your family.
Planning Your Business
Developing a strong plan for how you intend to run your business can help you stay on track. Consider making a written business plan that details the funding, branding and operations of your company. You should also identify the products and services you plan to offer and describe your target customer.
When selecting a structure for your business, think about the legal and tax implications. Many startups prefer the simplicity and flexibility of a sole proprietorship. However, if you need liability protection, consider registering as an LLC.
Seeking Business Funding
There are many funding options available if you’re a new entrepreneur. You can pursue a private loan with a bank or explore government funding options. You can also apply for a grant. If awarded, grant recipients do not have to pay back the money they receive. Furthermore, you can look into grants and loans that are reserved for entrepreneurs with disabilities. You may be able to acquire funds to create a functional, inclusive work environment. Crowdfunding is another option that can help you get started.
Setting Up a Workspace
Whether you intend to work independently or with a team, you should create an accessible workspace that encourages creativity and productivity. For example, you can invest in technology tools like screen readers and voice-to-text software.
Furthermore, purchasing adjustable office furniture that promotes ergonomics enables people of various sizes and abilities to use your workspace. Quality computer monitors and accessories can also encourage safe working habits and help reduce discomfort.
Creating a quiet, organized space helps to promote focus and reduce distracting stimuli. If you plan to work from home, physically dividing your office from the rest of the house allows you to separate your career and family responsibilities.
Managing Business Documents
Any business, no matter its size, generates a large volume of documents on a daily basis. From invoices and contracts to email correspondence and websites, managing these documents can quickly become overwhelming, which is why digitizing your documents is ideal. You can also reduce the number of files by combining them. Merging PDF files shouldn’t be hard—simply utilize a PDF merging tool.
Growing Your Company
After you launch your business, you should take steps to help your company thrive. Developing a marketing plan can help you locate and communicate with your target audience. Advertise your services online or use more traditional methods to grow your business locally. You should also build a brand that creates a memorable first impression and enables your business to stand out.
Creating Work-Life Balance
It can be difficult to unplug from your work when you’re a business owner. However, as a parent, you must disconnect to spend quality time at home. You can delegate some of your workload by expanding your team. For limited tasks, consider hiring freelancers or outsourcing work to professionals. You can also hire employees and bring new energy and expertise to your company.
According to research, about 14% of people with disabilities run businesses, and there are many resources that support people with diverse ability levels. Look for networking opportunities and connect with other entrepreneurs with disabilities who can advise you on balancing your responsibilities. In addition, business coaches and mentors can help people with disabilities find fulfilling career paths. Similarly, there are support groups and resources intended to help parents interested in starting businesses, too.
Entrepreneurship can be a lot of work. However, running a small business offers flexibility and customization that can benefit people with disabilities and working parents alike. To find success, write a business plan, find funding, set up an accessible workspace, manage your documents, and prioritize work-life balance.
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