As many of you know, District Bliss supports many charities through donations, raising awareness, working with, and donating time or skills to support events. As entreprenuers, this topic is very close to our hearts.

So, when reached out to us and asked to write a blog about acheiving your dreams, we were thrilled to highlight this topic! A huge thanks to Erica Francis, who took the time to share this information with our readers!


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Strategies for Achieving your Dreams: Pursuing Business Ownership for those with Disabilities

People often aspire to own their own businesses, as there is a lot of appeal to the idea of being your own boss and having the flexibility to earn an income without heading to a corporate office and sticking to a traditional work schedule.


For those who are living with disabilities, the idea of owning a business may be even more appealing. It can be a challenge to take an idea and turn it into a successful venture, but with careful planning and implementation, success is possible.

Research your ideas and build a solid business plan outlining your strategy

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When you are considering owning your own business, you need to do some brainstorming and research to ensure that you land on just the right idea. A good place to start is this page of small profitable business ideas. Starting with a small business is a good idea if it is your first business venture, but of course you want it to be profitable or else there is no point running it! As ShoreTel details, building a solid business plan is critical for every entrepreneur. The plan will break down the product or service you will focus on, pricing, customer targets, risks, marketing strategies, and a clear vision for how you will move forward.


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In terms of what type of businesses work well for those living with disabilities, there are many options

Whatever service or product you intend to offer, pick something that you are knowledgeable or passionate about, as you will be fully immersing yourself in this business for many hours a week. Focus on an idea that will fulfill a need for your target customer, and choose something that is manageable with your disabilities or limitations; you need to make sure that you find a balance by choosing an idea that you can be excited about, but one that there is a legitimate need or customer base for as well.


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Consider your skill sets and passions when choosing a business

For some people, offering products or services that help others who face similar disabilities they live with can be a great path to follow. Home-based businesses can focus on offering services such as computer support, graphic design, writing, editing, or web design, and many people pursue offering virtual assistant or customer service support from their homes.

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You may be able to build a business as a consultant of some sort, or as Confined to Success suggests, you may want to consider setting up an online store or page via sites like Etsy, eBay, or Amazon to offer homemade goods such as jewelry, beadwork, knitted items, baby items, or other handmade products.

Other business ideas that can work well for people living with disabilities is to offer tutoring, translating, or medical transcribing.


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No matter what your product or service is, make sure to get the word out about what you’re doing. It’s handy to have business cards to offer potential clients wherever you go, while a business website is an easy way to promote yourself to prospective customers near and far.


Don’t lose sight of organizational and financial needs

The idea of securing funding for your business idea may seem intimidating, but there are great resources available that can make the process less overwhelming. Chron notes that there are quite a few different types of grants and loans available specifically for disabled people who are working on starting their own businesses, and the Small Business Association can be a great resource as well.


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If your business is one where you will be adding employees to work for you, it would be wise to look into different types of software that can help you stay organized in your business. For example, W-2 software can be quite beneficial as you are building a team, and 1099 software is a great resource when the end of the year comes around.

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Building your own business can be both challenging and rewarding, and people who are living with disabilities should not be discouraged from following their dreams

Many different types of businesses can be a great fit for those looking to be their own boss while managing disabilities, and with the various types of financing opportunities and resources available, the dream of business ownership is more achievable than ever before.

A special thanks to who took the time to compile and share this information with our readers