Estimates of the number of parents with disabilities in the United States range from 4.1 million to 9 million. Many want to start their own small businesses, which isn’t a bad idea. A survey from December of 2017 revealed that 75 percent of parents with small businesses are optimistic about their children’s future, whereas only 67 percent of the general population who were surveyed said the same thing. Here are some tips and advice for parents with disabilities on how to get your business up and running.
Running Your Workplace from Home
A recent survey found that more and more Americans are working from home. Forty-three percent of American workers said that they spent at least some time working remotely. Many entrepreneurs discover that a home office is ideal for productivity. If that’s the route you want to take, invest in the right equipment. The best technology for you will depend on the type of business that you have. For example, ask yourself if you really need the latest Mac computer, or if a modest PC laptop will suffice. Finally, check whether you can buy a wireless hub for your office so that you can work on your laptop from anywhere else in your house.
Types of Small Business Ideas
One business that people are constantly getting involved with is real estate, often because they simply love it. Realtors talk about how helping people find their first house or their dream home gives them a thrill. It’s true that they’re always on call, but there’s a flexibility built into the job. Plus, there’s the excitement of always being on the go.
So if you’re serious about becoming a realtor, here are a few steps to get started. First, take a pre-licensing course. The hours you’ll need to log vary by state, but the typical cost of signing up is between $200 and $300. Then comes the licensing exam. Next, it’s recommended that you sign up to be part of the National Association of Realtors to network and broaden your sales opportunities. Finally, work under a supervising broker, who are state-licensed employees overseeing real estate transactions to ensure realtors adhere to legal standards. Although that might sound like a hassle, it essentially ensures that you’re not committing malpractice, which is good for the longevity of your career.
Grants and Foundations
If you’re a parent with a disability, seek out the many grants out there that can help you get your business off the ground. There are many websites dedicated to business grants for the disabled. Sponsors include Grants.gov, the Office of Acquisition and Grants, the Administration for Children and Families, and GrantsNet. In addition, foundations exist for parents with disabilities. One of the most famous is the Reeves Foundation, which provides educational materials about the difficulties of being a parent with disabilities. It also spearheads programs geared toward empowering these parents to know their rights and change hiring practices that discriminate against them. Unfortunately, despite 1990’s Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination targeting people with disabilities, widespread inequitable hiring practices still persist.
Parents with disabilities face an array of challenges. Securing stable employment might be difficult, or you live with a condition that limits your ability to interact with your children or spouse, maintain a healthy lifestyle, or succeed in the business that you’ve always pictured yourself running. Fortunately, there are grants, foundations, and networks of other parents with disabilities who you can draw on for support. If you dream of starting your own small business, go confidently toward making it happen.