Disability doesn’t mean limitation.
Having a disability can limit day to day activities. But as we have seen from the paralympians, it does not mean you can’t achieve in life.
The same applies to business. Severe sight impairment may make it difficult to type on a PC but this can be overcome with the help of speech-to-text software. This is equally applicable in the case of disabilities related to movement of the limbs.
Thanks to modern technology and the internet, it’s easier to find work even if you’re disabled.
Thanks to modern technology, traditional barriers to work are less of a challenge. You can gain valuable new skills by learning online. Sites like Udemy and Future Learn offer affordable options for learning everything from business management to journalism. If you’re really strapped for cash, there’s plenty of good learning resources for free on YouTube.
Some business ideas for disabled entrepreneurs
A few decades ago, the average disabled person would need to get to an office or workplace for employment. This is not the case anymore. Telecommuting is becoming more popular due to the obvious benefits. We are more connected than ever thanks to apps and platforms like Skype Slack, and other real time online collaborative tools.
The rise of freelance sites like fiverr allow users to offer highly specialised services from the comfort of their own homes. With a little monetary investment and investment of time, you can easily develop the skills to offer your own specialised services. Here’s a few you might want to consider.
Social media management
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest are all vital assets to business. Maintaining and updating these platforms requires time, skill and effort. If you use social media daily, you already have a good idea which content works best and engages users the most. A social media marketing course on Udemy can cost as much as £20 and as little as £12.
After studies, a good next step would be to manage social media pages for a friend or a local business to gain experience. This will also help with the word to mouth marketing when you’re ready to go all in as a social media manager.
Writing and transcription
Interested in becoming a freelance writer? There’s countless courses online. You may even find some for free. You can demonstrate your writing abilities with a free WordPress or Google blog or even just posting long-form content on Facebook. Sites like fiverr and people per hour help you connect with potential clients and get paid for your work. To find regular work as a freelance writer is not necessarily easy. Ghostwriting blogs and articles could be a good supplementary source of earnings combined with other skills such as graphic design and coding.
The more skills you have the better. The good news is there’s never been a better time to build a portfolio of in demand skills without breaking the bank. Don’t be put off by your apparent limitations, in reality there is so much you can do.