If a disability keeps you from finding employment in an office or another traditional work environment, that doesn’t mean you’re out of options. There are a variety of different ways to make money or even start an online business right from the comfort of your own home.
With 70% of the world’s workforce already working from home at least once a week, the task of starting a home-based business has never been easier. If you’re considering this option, here are some pros (and a few cons as well) to consider as you make your decision.
1. You Can Work on Something You Believe In
One of the best things about the online marketplace is that it offers opportunities to work both on projects and impact causes that you genuinely believe in. Finding a job with a local brick-and-mortar company can be naturally limiting, whether you have a disability or not. Not so online.
On the internet, it’s much easier to look for meaningful work that you genuinely stand behind. You can manage marketing for non-profit animal shelters, type transcripts for a private investigator, or promote products for a small business located thousands of miles away — all from the comfort of your couch.
2. The Options Are Endless
While traditional work may be limited in scope and ambition, the options increase dramatically when you take your entrepreneurial spirit to the cloud. There are literally endless business ideas that you can turn into a reality as long as you have a computer and an internet connection. Just a few ideas include:
- Trying your hand at affiliate marketing.
- Picking up work as a freelance writer.
- Working as a virtual assistant.
- Managing a company’s social media.
- Creating online courses.
- Consulting as a business coach.
- Helping encourage others with disabilities.
There are dozens of other online business ideas to consider, providing a wealth of options that might never become available to an individual with a disability if they had to commute to work on a daily basis.
3. It’s Easier to Succeed From Your Home Turf
Along with the huge variety of business ideas, you can often set yourself up for greater success simply by working from home. A disability can require extra time and effort to work around, especially if you need to move from place to place or work in environments that don’t accommodate disabilities.
Working online, on the other hand, allows you to bring your business right into the safest, most accessible areas of your life. Whether you’re operating out of your childhood home where you’ve lived for the past thirty years, you’re heading to Tokyo to set up as a digital nomad, or anything in between, an online business gives you the unique ability to bring your business to yourself rather than vice versa.
4. Audiences Are Easier to Find Than Ever
One of the best things about the online business world is that it’s always getting smaller. Audiences, in particular, have become easier than ever to find— and all without the need for a gargantuan budget.
Online marketing, for instance, is a mandatory part of a modern entrepreneur’s tool chest. Techniques and strategies like search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing, and email campaigns are all affordable ways to reach your audience without ever needing to get out of bed.
In addition, selling to online customers has become increasingly easier over the years. An online business can create a sales experience that is convenient, has a worldwide reach, and requires low costs to operate.
However, it’s also important to remember that an online sales experience isn’t as easy to set up as selling from a physical, brick-and-mortar store. Creating a good user experience can take time and you’ll be fighting in a crowded marketplace. Even with these cons, though, the pros of finding and selling to an online audience these days are difficult to ignore.
5. You Control Your Workspace
If you operate a business out of your own home, one of the best perks is that you control your workspace when you create your own home office. While you may have some accessibility equipment like a wheelchair, a walker, or a magnifying lamp that you need to keep around, the rest of your space can be set up in whatever style you’d like. Even better, your space can be designed specifically to accommodate your accessibility tools, which isn’t always so easy when you work in an office or other physical location for someone else.
Working from home also enables you to embrace anything from a warm and cozy hygge atmosphere, to a clean minimalist approach, or even a naturally-inspired biophilic design. Whatever your particular tastes, you can control your work environment when you work from home.
Starting an Online Business From Home
The beauty of the online marketplace is that it looks right past things like age, gender, and disabilities and focuses on the entrepreneurial spirit and ambition of the business owner. Opening up a business from your home is a great way to face the challenges so often involved with living with a disability, overcome them through your own grit and tenacity, and never look back.
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