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Author: Patrick Young
Founder of ableusa.info
Starting your own business comes with many successes and disappointments. There are so many things to take into consideration, from funding to working long hours, and if you are a parent, you may be wondering how you’ll get it all done. If you’re a parent with a disability, there are even more things to think about, from figuring out ways to maximize your productivity to maintaining your health along the way.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make the process easier. First, think of the financial end of things; will you need investors? Are there grants you can take advantage of that will help you get started without stress? Will you need to keep a side job for a little while until your business starts to make money? Addressing these issues first will help you see the big picture a little more clearly.
Keep reading for some tips on how to get started with your small business as a parent with a disability.
Think about what works best for you
You may already have an idea of what you want your business to be, or you might just be thinking about a way to earn money on your own terms, without a clear picture of what the future will hold. If the latter applies to you, it’s important to think of your needs first. If you have mobility issues, finding a business that you can run from the comfort of your own home will be incredibly helpful. If you need something with a flexible schedule so you can focus on any health issues or so you can spend time with your children, you may want to think about hiring employees to help you run things. Thinking about these details first will prevent problems down the line.
Consider a business that has been started for you
If you have concerns about your ability to fund a new business, think about getting started with one that has already been established. For instance, you might become a pet sitter as a dog boarder, or find jobs as a dog walker in your neighborhood. These kinds of jobs are wonderful for your mental and physical health, allow you to create your own schedule and stay close to home, and don’t require any startup cash, making them a great alternative to starting your own business. This way, you can earn money while making sure you’re home in time to greet the kids as they step off the school bus.
Look for grants
There are many federal grants available for disabled individuals who want to create something of their own, but it will take some research on your part. Try to stay patient as you look through the available options, as you may have to narrow them down. Some will only be applicable in certain states, while others may have varying requirements to take advantage of them. You can start here for more information.
Practicing self-care is imperative when you are living with a disability, especially when you have children to take care of as well. Reduce stress, eat well, get adequate sleep, and look for ways to relax and unwind when you’re not working. This kind of self-care will help you focus on what’s most important and will boost your energy levels as well.
Starting a business when you’re living with a disability can easily become overwhelming if you aren’t well prepared, so start with a good plan and get organized. Doing some research is essential, as is being knowledgeable about your rights.