How to become a business owner if you live with a disability

Becoming a business owner is exciting. But it can also be stressful, with lots of challenges that you often don’t see coming. For people with disabilities, these surprises can be even more intimidating and can leave you feeling unsettled regarding what steps to take next. Suncoast Center for Independent Living shares some helpful tips on what to do if you find yourself in this position.

Starting the right business for you 

As far as business structures go, you’ll want to go for a business structure that is easy to set up so that you can concentrate on other, more critical aspects of your business. If you plan on starting an LLC in Florida, there are many benefits to appreciate when going with this structure, including tax benefits, more flexibility, and limited liability, which can assist in protecting your assets, and much more.

Acquiring your startup capital 

Acquiring enough startup capital will be your first point of call when it comes to establishing your business. However, this step is probably one of the most stressful steps, especially if you don’t have sufficient capital to start off with. That’s not to say it can’t be done if you have the opportunity to apply for grants and such to help your business dream come to life. Organizations like The Abilities Fund and the US Small Business Association can help make this happen.

Marketing your business 

Marketing your business is the next crucial step in making your company known to the public. Fortunately, many marketing tools that one can make the most of at home don’t require you to travel out of your home to do so. Social media is one example of a marketing tool that is easy to use, even if you’re living with certain limitations. Some tools make social media even easier to navigate if you are sight or hearing impaired, including screen reading software, modification tools, subtitles, and more. 

And don’t forget about traditional marketing methods like brochures and ads in printed materials as well. Business cards are another item to consider, and they serve more purposes than handing out to potential customers and others at networking events. Designing an eye-catching business card can be affordable and simple when you use an online tool and customizable templates –  here’s a possible solution.

Look after your wellbeing 

If you’re living with a disability, you’ll need to take extra special care of your health and well-being to give your best to your company. This may mean getting additional support, advice, and guidance from organizations that are there to promote your well-being, such as The Arc and Friendship Circle International chapters.

Get assistance if you need it 

As an entrepreneur, it is simply not possible or viable to tackle everything that pertains to your business on your own. Hence, as Rolling Stone points out, why enlisting the right people to help you with your business goals is essential. Furthermore, there are many avenues to seek suitable staff for your small business with the many job portals available online.

Opening a business is an exciting and challenging endeavor, no matter how you look at it. If you’re feeling challenged or hindered in any way, just know there are alternatives and shortcuts that you can take en route to help your business dream materialize quicker.

Image via PexelsSuncoast Center for Independent Living empowers people with disabilities to take charge of their lives and guide them through their own destinies. Contact us today for more information! (941) 351-9545


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