How Disabled Individuals Can Earn a Sizeable Income from Home

It is likely that you have already encountered a plethora of “sure-fire” money-making concepts. Many of these touted the fact that you can earn an incredible income from the comfort of your own home. Those who face mobility issues or who are permanently disabled are understandably interested in what such opportunities have to offer. Unfortunately, the majority of these ventures fail to produce the promised results and some could even costmoney in the long run. This is why it is a good idea to take a quick look at some excellent start-up business venturesthat are set to make waves during 2019. While we will not examine individual products, we will still cover some of the major sectors as well as how you can begin.

Technology: Moving Ahead at Light Speed

The technology sector is advancing at a breakneck pace. From intuitive smartphone applications to high-flying drones, it seems as if such devices are increasingly present within our daily lives. It is therefore no surprise that more than 10,000 apps are created every month and that toy drones are one of the most popular gifts during the holiday season. If you have always been interested in technology, this market segment could be excellent to consider.

Still, you might not have the ability or the finances required to create a gadget from scratch. In such an event, it could be prudent to employ a third-party drop shipping firm. Massive online portals such as Oberlo will place you in direct contact with suppliers and there are literally thousands of different items to choose from. In the event that you make a sale, the product will immediately be shipped to the customer and the great news is that you are not required to possess any in-house inventory. These platforms are intuitive, agile and they offer a user-friendlyedge that would have not been possible only a handful of years ago.

The good news about the technology sector is that it tends to perform quite well even when the markets are less forgiving. The fact of the matter is that children and adults alike are always interested in what such modern marvels have to offer. If you have been looking for a conservative and yet cutting-edge home-based business possibility, technology might very well prove to be a worthwhile possibility to keep in mind.

The Practical Side of Start-Up Ventures

Regardless of what you choose to market with the help of the Internet, you need to appreciate the logistics associated with a home-based business. There are a number of benefits that are ideally suited for those with mobility issues. You can set your own hours, you can work at a comfortable pace and you will not be required to travel. However, there are also some potential problems that should be recognised from the very beginning. These include:

  • It can be difficult to maintain discipline.
  • Some individuals will be prone to distractions.
  • There could be limitations in terms of the products that you are able to successfully market.
  • Home-based businesses are often associated with a challenging learning curve.

The situations mentioned above are why you should enter into any venture with a sense of open-minded practicality. While you might not be able to earn a completely independent source of income overnight, patience and time will equate to long-term results.

It is also a good idea to adopt the right psychological approach as early as possible. Pace yourself and if you feel tired or frustrated, take a break. Ask for the advice of others; particularly if you are brainstorminga specific sector or product. Come up with a few different ideas before weighing the pros and cons of each. Obtain objective points of view if you are unsure which opportunity will produce the best results.

Another important takeaway point when speaking of any home-based business idea is to learn from the successes (and failures) of others. For example, perform an online search using a term such as “the top home-based business concepts of 2019” in order to better understand the predominant trends. It is also wise to read stores of those with similar disability-related conditions. This is an excellent way to obtain a bit of much-needed inspiration and their methods might even cause you to think in a different manner.

There are more opportunities for those with disability issues to enjoy a sustainable source of income than ever before. The key is starting off on the right foot and knowing what to expect along the way. Countless digital platforms can assist your ventures and you will not be required to invest a massive financial “nest egg” to begin. If you have been hoping to enjoy fiscal freedom in 2019, a home-based business is a great idea.

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Maximising Deductions as a Disabled Self-Employed Person

For disabled people, things are just more expensive, no matter where you work. But when a disabled person is self-employed, without employee benefits and other advantages, things can get expensive very quickly. In the best of times, self-employed taxes can approach ½ of your earnings, after taxes are paid. In order to keep afloat, and make up for all of the extra expenses that you have to pay just because you are differently abled, you’ve got to be incredibly vigilant when it comes to recording and deducting expenses.

First, make sure to deduct all expenses related to supplies, classes, marketing, and other expenses directly related to the work that you do. Everything from printer toner to drawing pins is fair game in this field. However, you don’t want to simply guess. It’s important to have a clear record of what you purchases, how much it cost, and when the purchase was made. Paper receipts are still the best way to do this when the purchase was made at a retail store. Digital receipts serve the same purpose for digital purchases. You likely will not be audited, but disabled persons run a slightly higher audit risk because their expenses are different than those of most freelance workers. Protect yourself from this eventuality (however rare it may be) by having careful record of every expense you go on to deduct.

The next thing to consider is your travel requirements. Not every disabled freelancer works only from home. You’ve likely got to meet clients, work at different locations, and variously transport yourself from place to place in order to get your work done. This is hard for people without disability, but it can be especially challenging and time consuming for disabled people. That’s why you’ve got to start keeping meticulous records about how and when you travel.

Travel expenses are meant to represent not just the fuel costs you have to pay, but the wear and tear to your principal mode of conveyance. Also include any public transportation costs that you require. You may even be able to write off the purchase of or upgrade to a wheelchair or other disability transportation unit, as these expenses are absolutely necessary for you to complete your job as required. Talk to a tax professional if you have questions. Sometimes freelancers feel timid about making deductions, not wanting to risk getting audited. But you don’t want to miss out on tax savings by declaring too little. Maximize your deductions however you can, and get help if you need insight about just how to do it.

It’s hard to be a disabled worker in a non-disabled working world. When it comes to taxes, though, you can maximize your savings by deducting everything you are allowed, while keeping careful track of the expenses as they are made. It is recommended that you discuss the possibilities with a professional with knowledge and experience with disabled clients. You can likely deduct much more than you have in the past, and the assistance will help you develop new habits to make taxes a lot easier in the future.

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CAA help passengers with hidden disabilities

Civil Aviation Authority, who work with Evenbreak to attract disabled candidates, have issued new guidelines on making air travel more accessible for passengers with hidden disabilities.

  • New CAA guidance sets out how UK airports should support people with hidden disabilities, helping improve journeys for those with conditions including dementia, autism, mental health problems, hearing loss and visual impairment.
  • Backed by a host of disability charities, the guidance aims to help airport familiarisation and reduce stress and anxiety for passengers with hidden disabilities.
  • It offers clear information on how airports should support passengers including providing clear and detailed information ahead of travel, as well as enhanced training for airport and security staff.
  • The guidance is part of the CAA’s ongoing drive to promote the assistance available to passengers with disabilities.

New guidelines published by the Civil Aviation Authority set to help passengers with hidden disabilities get better support at UK airports and more effective communication ahead of travel, helping to reduce stress and anxiety when travelling.

Following a wide-ranging consultation with airports and disability organisations, the CAA has set out a number of key guidelines, which include improving identification of people that need extra help and ensuring information is available in a range of formats including clear pictogram images and audio messages.

In addition airports should consider providing quiet routes and quiet areas and must ensure airport staff, including security staff, are given enhanced hidden disability training.

UK airports have welcomed the guidance, which clarifies their legal obligations in providing ‘special assistance’ to any person with a disability or reduced mobility, which includes those with hidden disabilities, when travelling through an airport and/or on board an aircraft.

Key guidelines for airports include:

  • Airport staff, including security staff, should have hidden disability awareness training, as well as training to cover communication techniques.
  • Ahead of travel, airports should provide clear and detailed information for people with hidden disabilities. This will help with overall familiarisation of the airport environment and help ease anxiety and stress. Communication should include a combination of accessible videos, photos and pictures of airport processes.
  • People with hidden disabilities should have the option of wearing a lanyard, bracelet or other suitably designed aid provided by the airport to ensure they are easily identified by staff and can get the assistance they need.
  • Airports should provide a quiet area to wait for flights and quiet routes through the airport, for example bypassing the retail area. This will make travelling through the airport less stressful and disorientating and will benefit those with sensory impairments in particular.
  • Clear images and audio messages should be available throughout the airport to help passengers find essential points such as toilets, quiet areas and assistance points.
  • People with hidden disabilities must never be separated from a parent/friend/accompanying person during a security search, and security staff must explain prior to the search what screening will take place and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Airports should consider facilitating ‘familiarisation visits’ or open days for passengers prior to travel to help them experience the airport and aircraft environment.

In regards to this guidance, the CAA has asked the UK’s 30 largest UK airports to make the necessary improvements to their special assistance service and we will publish a report on the changes made next year.

Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling said:
“We welcome the CAA’s tailored guidance which provides a great opportunity for all UK airports to better meet the needs of people with hidden disabilities.
“I would encourage airports to learn from each other, consult with charities and specialist groups and deliver great services, to help ensure passengers with hidden disabilities enjoy the huge benefits of air travel.”

Director of the CAA’s Markets and Consumer Group, Richard Moriarty said:
“Everyone should have fair access to air travel and that’s why there are regulations in place to make sure passengers get the assistance they need to be able to fly.
”Our engagement with disability organisations shows that people with hidden disabilities want to be in control of the assistance they receive, but they do not always get clear information ahead of travel about what support is available.
“To help reduce stress and anxiety it is important passengers and their travelling companions have access to illustrative guides, online videos and photos, which explain the airport layout, the processes passengers need to go through, including security scanning, and what types of support is available.
“We are really pleased with the support UK airports and disability organisations have provided to help us develop these guidelines, however this is just the start and over the next six months we expect airports to make changes and improvements to the services and assistance they provide passengers with hidden disabilities.”

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said:
“Everyone has the right to be able to travel comfortably and with ease, and we all have a role in helping air passengers with dementia feel like they’re able to continue flying.
“Sadly, we know that airports can be a daunting or frightening experience for many people affected by dementia – this can put people off travelling and in turn lead to them feeling socially isolated.
“This new guidance from the CAA will provide clear guidelines to help UK airports become more dementia friendly and transform the air travel experience for people with dementia and their carers.”

Daniel Cadey, Autism Access Development Manager, at the National Autistic Society, said:
“The new guidance is an important step towards opening up the world to autistic people and their families.
“Like anyone else, people on the autism spectrum and families want the opportunity to travel and go on holiday. But many rely on routine and find the often busy, loud and unpredictable environment of airports disorientating and overwhelming.
“Helping organisations, including Gatwick airports, to achieve our Autism Friendly Award, we’ve seen how small adjustments can often make the biggest difference to autistic people. For instance, making sure that staff are aware of hidden conditions like autism, and that there are quieter places for autistic passengers to go if they’re feeling overwhelmed.
“We were delighted to have had the opportunity to share our expertise with the Civil Aviation Authority by feeding into their guidelines, which have the potential to make a significant difference to a great many passengers.
“We hope that more organisations, including airlines, will follow this example and do their bit to help make sure autistic people and their families have the same opportunities to travel as everyone else.”

Ian Sherriff, Chair of the Prime Minister’s Dementia Air-Transport Group said:
“As someone who is totally committed to helping our society tackle the many challenges that people with dementia and their carers face daily, I am really excited about the innovative approaches that have been used to develop these guidelines.
“There is widespread recognition at the highest level of Government of the present and potential future impacts of dementia. The search for ways to enhance the quality of life for those affected is a constant and complex one. Creative projects such as hidden disabilities guidelines have the potential to open up new ways of working in partnerships in the world of aviation.
“On behalf of the Dementia Air-Transport Group I welcome such ground-breaking solutions that help overcome the challenges faced by people with dementia and their carers in the world of air travel.”

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Don’t hit the business glass ceiling: try these startup tips

As she was accepted to be the frontrunner in the Democrat Party for the forthcoming presidential elections, Hilary Clinton said that she was standing under the largest glass ceiling in the world. And, in a sense, she’s right. To become the world’s first female American president would be a momentous occasion, the kind of history book that writes itself.

But there’s one glass ceiling that’s nowhere near being broken. It’s the one that prevents many disabled entrepreneurs from getting ahead in business. But that’s not for want of trying.

Various trusts exist to try to help those with a disability get ahead in business. There’s the Margaret’s Fund, Disabled Entrepreneurs and many of disabled grants are available from government sources.

To help out anyone trying to start their own business and live out their dream of becoming an entrepreneur, we’ve put together a few simple tips to help you get started.

Have your payroll sorted

Your payroll will be a long and laborious process, one that will dominate the time and efforts of your HR department. And the more time they spend on processing an endless screed of payrolls and tax forms, the less time they’ll have for anything else in your business.

But this is the 21st century. Now, all you have to do is find a payroll provider program that’ll sort out the calculations for you, store it on the Cloud for you to easily access, and automatically pay staff on the scheduled payment date.

It’s a vital investment, so don’t be caught short without one.

The right staff

For anyone who’s watched Game of Thrones, here’s an apt metaphor – what would have happened to Danaerys if she wasn’t surrounded by an endless stream of advisors? Most likely, she’d have met the fate of many other GOT characters – deader than brown bread in a crematorium.

It’s proof of why you need staff you can trust, especially when you’re a small and struggling startup. No matter how knowledgeable you are in business, you’ll always need advisors, so hire the right people from the off.

Start small

Even major companies have the problem of sprinting before they can walk. Huge brands like Google have launched pieces of tech like the Google Watch, only to see it fade into irrelevance and sink without a trace.

But massive corporations can afford to waste a lot cash in the name of experimentation. Your startup can’t. Before you jump into big business, let your ideas build traction on a smaller scale.

Have you got any ideas on how to turn a startup into a winner? Then let us know in the comments below!

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Tear up the job applications and start a business instead.

Today’s guest blog is written by Penny Melville-Brown OBE and is promoting the idea of looking at self-employment rather than a PAYE job working for someone else!

What can you do when nearly every employer seems to think that getting a health condition/disability makes you not worth considering?  I remember asking everyone I could think of, when I was leaving the Royal Navy, about help and advice.  One charity (that should remain nameless) was crass enough to suggest that, because I’d been a barrister, I could sit in a library and do research for other people – not quite taking on the fatal conflict between books and blindness.

So what do you do?  There is a lot of help out there about gaining new skills, writing CVs and interview techniques.  Up in Derbyshire, where I do most of my work, we have created the Help to Work partnership with a directory of free employment support.  And once you are ready, there are enlightened employers who specifically encourage disabled people to apply – like those on the Evenbreak website.

But for the rest of us, self-employment can be the ideal answer: taking charge of what we do, when and where.  It’s not surprising that working disabled people are more likely to be self-employed than their non-disabled peers – running our own businesses helps us manage health alongside the fun and fulfilment of work.  But lots of the “mainstream” business start-up support has been notoriously poor for us (I still remember a Business Link adviser who was unable to understand the concept of alternate formats, let alone provide them!).  But its much more than accessible documents and venues – our clients have needed empathetic Business Advisers able to give them personal, one-to-one support at their own pace, often over many months.

We ran the Work for Yourself programme in Derbyshire for over seven years (until the funding ran out this June).  We focussed on areas of high deprivation and very high levels of disabled people in the local population – and the amount of interest was just staggering: hundreds wanting to get back to work by any means.  It paints a completely different picture to the one presented by so much of the media.  Instead of being work-shy scroungers, there is a ground-swell of disabled people wanting to get off benefits and fulfil their potential.

Their imagination in creating new businesses is equally staggering: from gun dog training and catering through repair of vintage outboard motors to recycling cargo nets and becoming published authors (http://www.businessability.co.uk/success%20stories.htm).  And this is a nation-wide interest as we have found each time the BBC TV programmes feature one of our clients – the phone rings off the hook!

Not only were disabled people taking the initiative themselves to become self-employed but their success rates with us were much higher than either the Work Programme or Work Choice alternatives – and most of our clients had been out of work for years.  You can check out the results and what clients say about becoming self-employed at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/blkm6bubtniyqj1/AAD8uUX69RBsWeAwhrsyH1R-a?dl=0 What we need now is someone to put some serious support in to this alternative work route – perhaps a bank or similar from the financial sector with vision, corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship.  All offers welcome!

  

 

Penny Melville-Brown set up Disability Dynamics in 2000 – providing projects, training and consultancy to improve the employment opportunities for other disabled people – contact her on 01329 841814 or penny@laylands.co.uk or read her news and views).

 

 

 

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