Beginning a Business Career While Disabled? What You Should Know

Beginning a Business Career While Disabled? What You Should Know
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    You probably already know that being optimistic is the key to having a good outlook on life, especially with a disability.

    However, you may still recognize that a disability can alter your ability to achieve goals.

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SayCampusLife.com explains that it doesn’t have to pose an issue when you start a business career, though.

Consider Going Back to School

If you’re throwing around ideas of what your future career should be, consider business. While you can start a business and enter the field without a degree or with a degree in an unrelated field, you may want to make life easier by obtaining a business-focused degree.

You can choose from a variety of fields, such as accounting or business management.

Fortunately, if your disability limits the time you have available or would pose a problem in a traditional school setting, you may opt for online classes that lead to IT degrees. You can earn an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree online on your own schedule.

You may take as many breaks as necessary and even complete your studies on a half-day schedule. Make sure the school you choose is accredited, though.

When choosing a school, talk on the phone with someone who can answer your questions. Ask what types of accommodations the school can make. For example, inquire if an online degree program offers you the option of untimed tests if you happen to need more time.

Choosing the Right Major and College

Zety suggests carefully thinking about what your limitations are when deciding on a major. You want a career that has possibilities for you so you can make the most of your money and time.

For instance, if you have attention challenges, consider a career in bookkeeping or finance. You can continually keep your mind engaged and won’t need to change priorities frequently in one of these fields. On the other hand, a career in business administration is ideal if you have physical limitations.

Landing a Job

While landing a job may seem like the easy part, a disability can make finding a job slightly more difficult. Fortunately, by law (the Americans with Disabilities Act), job places can’t discriminate.

In addition, you can outshine your disability and competition by having a pleasant disposition and coming prepared. Let prospective employers know your strengths, and bring a list of professional and personal references who can vouch for you.

Make sure you inquire about accommodations you’ll need once you win the hiring manager over.

Of course, you’ll want to have an updated, professional-looking resume on hand when approaching an employer. This can be a DIY project, made easier when you try a resume template you can find online.

Slick template layouts are available for you to customize with your achievements and work experience, and what’s more, this tool is free and simple to download once you’re complete. You can always return to the resume builder as you add more work experience.

Consider Owning a Business

You don’t have to work for another business. The Job Accommodation Network points out that you should consider starting your own business and working for yourself.

You can work on a schedule that works for you and your disability. You could also hire employees who can handle what you physically can’t and work on the aspects of your business you physically can manage.

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This includes becoming a home-based entrepreneur. Working from home offers many benefits since you can optimize your environment.

Homeowners who make Universal Design improvements can also benefit from increased home value, as upgrades to one’s property is known to boost the appraisal value should you decide to sell in the near future. Be sure to hang onto all the paperwork such as invoices to quantify improvements to the home.

Getting Into Business With a Disability Is Possible

Following the above direction, it’s more than possible for anyone with the focus and determination to start a business career. And with the right education, you can have a successful business career despite any limitations.

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